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Coachella 2019: Lineups, safety, traffic and more

 

Last updated 4/11/2019 at 2:58pm

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Ariana Grande is scheduled to headline at the Coachella stage at 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival.

Headed to the Coachella Music & Art Festival this weekend? Be prepared. Here's all the news you're going to need before you hit the road for Indio.

The annual music and arts festival held in Indio was co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999, and is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live.

The event features musical artists from many genres of music, including rock, pop, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures over three days for two weekends. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music.

For more information about the festival, visit http://www.coachella.com/home.

You know, even if you're not traveling out to the desert this weekend, you can still catch a good amount of the entertainment live-streamed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/coachella or https://live.coachella.com/.

Set times released

INDIO - It's official, festival fans. Set times have been released for the Coachella Music & Art Festival that begins this weekend.

Concertgoers have been awaiting the release of set times since buying their tickets back in January.

According to Coachella organizers, Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae and The 1975 will light up the Coachella stage Friday with back-to-back-to-back performances beginning at 8:25 p.m.

Saturday's schedule will include:

-- Weezer at 8:35 p.m. at the Coachella stage;

-- Billie Eilish at 9:35 p.m. at the Outdoor Theatre;

-- Tame Impala at 10:35 p.m. at the Coachella stage;

-- Kid Cudi at 11:55 p.m. at the Sahara; and

-- Bassnectar at 12:05 a.m. at the Outdoor Theatre.

Ariana Grande is scheduled to perform at the Coachella stage at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, organizers said. Also taking the stage on the final day of the festival weekend will be H.E.R., who is set to perform at 9:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Theatre.

Fans looking forward to the triumphant return of the Knowles clan this year after Beyonce's performance in 2018 will be disappointed. Solange has canceled her previously planned Saturday appearance.

"Due to major production delays, Solange will unfortunately no longer be performing at this year's festival,'' Coachella organizers tweeted Sunday. "She sends her sincerest apologies, and looks forward to performing at Coachella in the future.''

TMZ reported Monday that "members of Solange's band started getting sick, and she couldn't find the right mix of replacements.''

Cops: Spend time with the music, not police

Indio police reminded people planning to attend this weekend's festival to ensure their desert experience doesn't include extended interaction with law enforcement.

"People just love it, and it's their Disneyland,'' Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron said. "I mean it's a beautiful event. And, they make a poor choice -- or they are with someone who made a poor choice -- and then they are stuck spending time with us.

"... Don't make it an experience with the police. Make it a positive experience at the festival,'' he said.

Indio has hosted the event since it began in 1993 when Pearl Jam, at the height of its grunge rock fame, was battling what it considered "price gouging'' by Ticketmaster. Since that time, the number of attendees has skyrocketed from a modest 25,000 to 250,000 people.

As such, Indio police are in the unique position of tending to a "city within a city,'' Guitron said. But he said police service to residents will not be decreased or interrupted during the two-weekend Coachella festival period.

Guitron urged out-of-towners to keep an eye on the Indio police Facebook and Twitter pages for traffic and safety tips. He also reminded people to keep track of their cell phones and "take advantage of the apps that help locate your phone, the apps for security that lock your phones -- your thumbprint or your passcode.''

"Nowadays, most people have more than just a directory. They have personal credit card information and accounts,'' he said.

People should also ensure their phones have enough battery power to last through the day in case there is an emergency or they have to contact friends or get a much-needed ride. He also advised people to always lock their vehicles and campsites.

People who lose items during the festival can check the Lost and Found area.

Indio police suggest using the department's website to report any missing items if something is lost away from the festival grounds in Indio.

"If they are staying at a hotel, or a rental or a home in the city, they'll need to contact the police department,'' according to Guitron. "But, at the same time, they can do it online. And, that helps us.''

People can access the Indio police online services at http://www.indio.org/your_government/police/default.htm .

Any items lost outside the city of Indio, should be reported to the respective city's police agency.

Sunshine days ahead

Sunshine with a touch of clouds will be the main weather events during the much anticipated festival.

Ninety-one degrees is the highest temperature festivalgoers are likely to experience this weekend with nighttime lows around 60 degrees, weather reports show.

Most of the weekend will be sunny with winds rolling through to welcome Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae and The 1975 beginning in back-to-back performances beginning at 8:25 p.m.on Friday.

The winds that have been rolling through the Coachella Valley all week, kicking up dust, will pass by Saturday for these performances:

-- Weezer at 8:35 p.m. at the Coachella stage;

-- Billie Eilish at 9:35 p.m. at the Outdoor Theatre;

-- Tame Impala at 10:35 p.m. at the Coachella stage;

-- Kid Cudi at 11:55 p.m. at the Sahara; and

-- Bassnectar at 12:05 a.m. at the Outdoor Theatre.

The high is expected on Sunday, but will be dashed by cloudy weather just in time for Ariana Grande's set at the Coachella stage at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, organizers said. Also taking the stage on the final day of the festival weekend will be H.E.R., who is set to perform at 9:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Theatre.

So, Coachella fans, congratulations on the near-perfect weather and remember to stay hydrated and wear sunblock.

Indio readies for 'traffic nightmare'

The festival may be the biggest attraction on the Indio event calendar, but it can also be one of the area's biggest traffic nightmares, so authorities today identified a series of routes likely to be problematic for festival-goers and locals alike.

Music fans are expected to begin their pilgrimage to Indio Thursday, and despite the availability of the Any Line Shuttle that can carry visitors between the festival grounds and area hotels, major congestion is still anticipated on multiple routes.

City officials said motorists should expect traffic delays starting Thursday and continuing through Sunday on the following stretches:

-- southbound Jefferson, Washington and Monroe streets from the 10 Freeway to Avenue 52;

-- Avenue 48 between Jefferson and Jackson streets;

-- Highway 111 at Jefferson and Monroe streets; and

-- eastbound 10 Freeway exits at Jefferson, Monroe and Washington streets.

Several significant road closures are also planned Friday through Monday:

-- Avenue 49 between Hjorth and Monroe streets;

-- Avenue 50 between Madison and Jackson streets;

-- Hjorth Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 50; and

-- Madison Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 52

City officials recommend that north- and south-bound motorists use Washington, Jackson and Calhoun streets as well as Golf Center Parkway; while east-west travelers were advised to use Highway 111, Fred Waring Drive, Miles Avenue, Dr. Carreon Boulevard and Avenue 54.

Once the festival ends each weekend, nearly 40,000 campers are expected to be leaving the festival site, causing significant traffic on the 10 Freeway, authorities warned.

Caltrans officials said the 10 and 60 freeways are both expected to be extra congested through the festival's run.

"Motorists who plan to use Interstate 10 between Beaumont and Indio or State Route 60 from Moreno Valley to Beaumont during these events will experience traffic delays during peak travel times,'' Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said.

Traffic is expected to be heaviest on the Friday before the event for eastbound traffic, while Sunday will be the most congested for those heading westbound.

"Avoid delays by leaving early mornings on those peak travel days or wait to travel the day after the peak travel day,'' Kasinga said.

A special traffic warning was also issued for those coming from Temecula using the 15 Freeway, since state Routes 74 and 243 are closed for repairs, Kasinga said. Instead, she said motorists should exit the 15 Freeway at Interstate 215 northbound and then travel east on either the 10 or 60 freeways.

Indio officials strongly encouraged festival-goers to take advantage of the Any Line Shuttle, which costs $80 for the entire weekend and services hotels in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and other local resorts.

Information on the Any Line Shuttle is available at http://www.valleymusictravel.com/events/coachella-weekend-one/shuttle-passes/?utm_source=partner_referral&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=coachella_2019 .

Jeff Pack contributed to this report.

 

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