Festivalgoers are converging on Indio today for the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which starts tomorrow.
The sold-out festival will be held at the Empire Polo Club Friday through Sunday and April 18-20, with the same lineup performing both weekends.
Friday's headliners include OutKast, the Knife, the Replacements and Neko Case, Saturday's are Muse, Pharrell Williams, Queens of the Stone Age and Lorde, and Sunday's include Arcade Fire, Beck, Lana Del Rey and Motorhead.
Camping at the festival opened this morning. Events surrounding the festival, including pool parties and an art exhibit, are also starting today,and festivalgoers can use their wristbands to get discounts at local businesses. Discount information is at http://festivals.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com.
Roads will be closed and traffic delays expected Friday through Sunday on both weekends, according to the city of Indio.
-- Avenue 49 between Hjorth and Monroe streets,
-- Avenue 50 between Madison and Jackson streets,
-- Hjorth between avenues 49 and 50, and
-- Madison between avenues 49 and 52.
Delays are expected on:
-- Southbound Jefferson, Washington and Monroe streets, from Interstate
10 to Avenue 52,
-- Highway 111 at Jefferson and Monroe, and
-- Eastbound I-10 exits at Jefferson and Monroe.
North and southbound travelers should use Washington, Jackson, Calhoun Street and Golf Center Parkway, and east and westbound travelers should useFred Waring Drive, Miles Avenue and avenues 48 and 52, according to the city.
Taxis will be at the southwest corner of Avenue 49 and Monroe, and parents can pick up and drop off at Avenue 52 and Madison. About 30,000 people will be shuttled to and from the polo club from around the Coachella Valley to ease traffic, according to the city.
Pedestrians won't be allowed on Monroe between avenues 49 and 52; there will be pedestrian access at Avenue 49 and Monroe and Avenue 52 and Madison.
Golf carts won't be permitted on any of those streets.
"We want to remind residents and guests to follow the advertised routes and recommendations and be patient," Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron said.
California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Radford said the CHP "wants all motorists to have a fun and safe weekend. Indio CHP officers will be out inforce, aggressively enforcing all traffic laws to ensure everyone's safety."
High temperatures are expected to reach the low to mid 90s, according to the National Weather Service. Guitron said festivalgoers should wear comfortable clothing and stay hydrated, especially if they're not used to desert weather.
He said attendees should also "be mindful" of the laws -- "easy on the alcohol, no drugs, be responsible and have a memorable festival, not memorable because you're in jail."
Festivalgoers should take the usual precautions like locking vehicles, not leaving valuables visible inside and preserving some battery power on cellphones in case of an emergency, he said.
"We just want everyone to enjoy themselves and be safe," Guitron said. Information about the festival is available at www.coachella.com. With other questions or problems, call the city at (760) 541-7800 or email email@example.com.
OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire. Pharrell Williams, Lorde will headline this years Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival which begins Friday.
As they have for the past two years, the annual three-day festival is duplicating their lineup over two weekends: April 11 - 13 and April 18-20.
Last year, each festival weekend sold three-day passes to 90,000 attendees, according to event organizer Goldenvoice.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place in Indio, Calif., about 127 miles east of Los Angeles. It first took place in 1999 and lost $800,000, notes Bloomberg, but it is now the most profitable music festival in the U.S.
COACHELLA 2014 LINEUP
Friday, April 11 & 18:
Outkast, The Knife, The Replacements, Broken Bells, Zedd, Girl Talk, Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, HAIM, Neko Case, AFI, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, Bryan Ferry, The Glitch Mob, The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, Bastille, Flume, Aloe Blacc, Jagwar Ma, A$AP Ferg, Grouplove, Woodkid, Carnage, Shlomo, Gareth Emery, Michael Brun, MS MR, Kate Nash, Hot Since 82, Damian Lazarus, GOAT, Nina Kraviz, Anthony Green, Duke Dumont, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solomun, ZZ Ward, Anti-Flag, Caravan Palace, Flatbush Zombies, Deorro, Waxahatchee, Title Fight, Davide Squillace, DJ Falcon, Dum Dum Girls, Austra, Tom Odell, Dixon, Wye Oak, Crosses, Mako, The Preatures, The Bots, Gabba Gabba Heys
Saturday, April 12 & 19:
Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age, Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Foster The People, Pet Shop Boys, MGMT, Empire Of The Sun, Fatboy Slim, Nas, Kid Cudi, The Head And The Heart, Sleigh Bells, Cage The Elephant, City And Colour, CHVRCHES, Dillon Francis, Capital Cities, The Naked And Famous, Temples, Mogwai, Warpaint, Solange, Washed Out, Future Islands, Ty Segall, DARKSIDE, Banks, Tiga, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost!, Netsky, RL Grime, Galantis, Foxygen, White Lies, Graveyard, The Internet, Laura Mvula, The Dismemberment Plan, Headhunterz, Blood Orange, GTA, TJR, Cajmere, Guy Gerber, Nicole Moudaber, MAKJ, Bear Hands, The Magician, Young & Sick, Unlocking The Truth, Saints Of Valory, Carbon Airways, UZ, Syd Arthur, Bicep, Drowners
Sunday, April 13 & 20:
Arcade Fire, Beck, Calvin Harris, Neutral Milk Hotel, Disclosure, Lana Del Rey, Motorhead, Alesso, Duck Sauce, Little Dragon, Beady Eye, Flosstradamus, The Toy Dolls, The 1975, Adventure Club, Big Gigantic, Chance The Rapper, Laurent Garnier, Krewella, Rudimental, STRFKR, Fishbone, Trombone Shorty, AlunaGeorge, Art Department, Flight Facilities, Frank Turner, John Newman, Maceo Plex, Superchunk, Bombino, Daughter, Bad Manners, Surfer Blood, Lee Burridge, Poolside, Classixx, Showtek, James Vincent McMorrow, Bo Ningen, Aeroplane, Ratking, Jhene Aiko, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Factory Floor, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anna Lunoe, The Martinez Brothers, Scuba, John Beaver