As early as 2008, Goldenvoice was considering moving its two acclaimed music festivals out of Indio, The Desert Sun has learned.
It may still have its eye on producing the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals on land just eight miles east of its current home at the Empire Polo Club.
Yann Debonne, managing partner of the limited liability company, Jackson 62, said Goldenvoice officials approached him in 2008 about leasing his company's 480 acres on Avenue 62, between Van Buren and Jackson streets.
Debonne said negotiations fell through in 2009 because Goldenvoice wanted a long-term deal.
“As a landowner,” he said, “I didn't want to lock that in for 25 years.”
Debonne also said he believes Goldenvoice has “been in talks” with landowners across the street from that intersection. Susan Harvey, whose real estate company, Desert Pacific Properties, represents that lender-owned property, declined to discuss any possible negotiations with Goldenvoice. But that property is surrounded by polo fields, including actor William Devane's 537-acre Deer Creek and the 400-acre Brazo Norte polo field, which Harvey said Debonne owns.
The area at the corner of Avenue 62 and Van Buren Street is a blend of farmland, date groves, open desert scrub and polo fields. The acreage Desert Pacific Properties represents is undeveloped — large bushes, decaying corn cobs and spent shotgun shells dot the ground, along with scattered piles of wood and debris. It stands in stark contrast to the bucolic, manicured polo fields at Brazo Norte and Deer Creek, where views of the Santa Rosa Mountains are similar to those at Empire Polo Club.