Pollstar Impact NextGen: Christian Coffey
– Christian Coffey
Favorite Show Of 2019
Childish Gambino headlining Coachella.
Whether its a concert, promo gig, or television appearance, Christian Coffey manages all aspects from inception to reconciliation. As a tour director, he works on tour strategy, oversees the logistics and financials, and builds the crew and production.
“It’s my responsibility to the artist to make sure that all of the t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted in the most fiscally responsible way,” Coffey says. “This way they are able to concentrate on what’s most important – the art.”
His clients include Run The Jewels, who Coffey says “have been family for me the past five years. Starting out we were in small clubs, so working with them to the point of headlining festivals was a major moment for me.” Coffey stewarded the build and implementation of Childish Gambino’s “This is America Tour” and all of his 2019 festival headline appearances, starting with an epic performance at Coachella.
The centerpiece of the production was two “blades” that were 28 feet tall, 10 feet wide and 2 feet deep, weighing roughly 7,000 pounds each and housing ROE 8mm LED tiles across three sides, as well as 24 MegaPointe lights, lasers and foggers on the other. “As cool as the production is, the show is Gambino,” Coffey says. “Every element of the production is just to enhance and support him. … He is a talent unto himself and that is the show.”