Minimum arrests, blazing sunshine, and fantastic performances make it an event to remember...
CALIFORNIA’s desert festival
COACHELLA ended on a high this weekend – with only
minimal trouble over the course of the event.
According to Ben Guitron, spokesperson for the
Indio Police Department, just 24 people were arrested on Saturday (May 1) and 29 on Sunday for crimes including touting, narcotics violations and alcohol-related incidents.
The festival drew in sold out crowds of 50,000 people each day, and
despite temperatures blazing past the 40 degrees Celsius mark, the
Indio Fire Department reported just nine revellers taken
to hospital on Saturday and five on Sunday for heat exhaustion.
The event was deemed a success, Goldenvoice
promoter Paul Tollett told
“It was the greatest. I think [this year was] a highlight for us. I really
liked the people that went. The crowd was really friendly,” he said. “There
were so many good performances. I couldn’t keep up. Bright
Eyes was so great. I really liked Radiohead
Tollett said he was also stunned by the amount of support for the Pixies first festival performance of the year, as they played to a packed field that included Jack Black, who joined the photo pit to get
an up close look, as well as actress Allison Lohman,
Tony Kanal of No
Doubt, The Mars
Volta’s Cedric Bixler, Brody
Dalle and Ash.
“It was absolutely amazing that that many people are into the Pixies. The last shows we did in LA [over a decade ago]
were only like 5,000 people and there was easily over 40, close to 50
thousand, watching them [at Coachella].”
The event was such a success, the sell out promoted touting off site
and on Ebay, where one Saturday ticket went for over $400. Tollett said
because of those actions Goldenvoice will start to look
at remedies to preventing the gouging of prices by individuals next
“That’s something we have to learn about,” he said. “It’s a hard balance selling out. I wish everyone could see the show, but I want the
people who see the show to have a great time so you have to pick a halfway point. If we feel next year’s going to sell out, if we have a strong
line up, we have to do something so people don’t resell their tickets. That was sad to watch.”
Planning for Coachella 2005 begins this