Coachella fest hits record, All Points faces ax

Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:04pm EDT

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NASHVILLE (Billboard) - Records crowds attended last weekend's Coachella music festival in the southern California desert, promoter AEG Live said Wednesday.

An aggregate 225,000 people bought tickets to see a roster headlined by Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz during the April 16-18 event at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.

The previous attendance record was set in 2007, when the headliners included a reunited Rage Against the Machine. Final figures are still being tallied, but AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said the gross will exceed $20 million.

Phillips said the future looked bleak for AEG Live's nascent All Points West festival, which took place in 2008 and 2009 across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.

"We're probably going to kill it," said Phillips. "As beautiful as (the site) is, it's very hard to get New Yorkers to cross that river. All Points West is an experiment that just didn't work."

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