Coachella Weekend 2 Kicks Off Easter Weekend in the Desert

The second and final weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival gets underway Friday.

The sold-out festival will be held at the Empire Polo Club through Sunday, with the same lineup as last weekend.

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 lineup includes Arcade Fire, Beck, Lana Del Rey and Motorhead.

Last weekend included a surprise appearance by Justin Bieber, among other celebrities.

Roads will be closed and traffic delays expected Friday through Sunday, according to the city of Indio.

Closures are:

  • Avenue 49 between Hjorth and Monroe streets
  • Avenue 50 between Madison and Jackson streets
  • Hjorth between avenues 49 and 50
  • 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
  •  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 use Fred 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.

California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Radford said officers will be "aggressively enforcing all traffic laws to ensure everyone's safety."

He said officers will work hard to keep traffic flowing, especially on Monday in light of the traffic jam caused by people leaving the first weekend of the festival.

"Motorists need to be very careful and avoid distractions. Traffic hazards and collisions that would be minor problems on most days in the Coachella Valley will become major issues," he 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 concertinfo@indio.org.

– City News Service.


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