Trevor Lane


Since 1969, the music festival remains a staple of American musical culture, and in order to meet consumer demands, today’s music festival promoters rely on radius clauses ancillary to the performance agreements that they use with artists. These radius clauses limit artists’ ability to perform at other music festivals and concerts within a specified temporal and geographic radius of the contracted music festival. Beginning in 2010, legal challenges have alleged that broadly defined radius clauses used by music festival promoters violate Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act. This Note contends that radius clauses which limit artists from performing beyond the festival’s geographic market and fail to distinguish between festivals and concert performances should be considered unreasonable restraints of trade in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, because such radius clauses restrict more competition than is necessary to protect the festival promoter’s legitimate objectives.