Kanye asked co-founder Paul Tollett to build him a custom dome in the middle of the festival, designed by frequent collaborator and set designer, John McGuire. But apparently, the over-the-top set was impossible to build in just four months and would’ve required the rearrangement of the entire festival site, and with the removal of a large section of portable bathrooms. Kanye reportedly became agitated during a phone call with Tollett stating he was an “artist with a creative vision who shouldn’t be spending his time talking about port-a-potties.”
Following the heated call, Tollett and the Coachella team were in a scramble to find a replacement main headliner, leading to talks with Scooter Braun and his client Ariana Grande. Ultimately, the “thank you next” singer was pushed into the main headliner role less than 24 hours after Kanye canceled his performance.
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