Coachella Will Have Room for 26,000 More People This Year
Expect to see more faces in Indio this year, as the sold-out festival’s organizer ,Goldenvoice, was granted permission to make Coachella bigger than ever this year!
The two major festivals held in Indio, California – Coachella and Stagecoach – both got the green light for increased capacity. With Coachella growing from 99,000 attendees to 125,000 in 2017, and Stagecoach similarly growing from 75,000 to 85,000 a few changes had to be made. For Community Service Manager, Jim Curtis, that means finding more physical space on the festival grounds.
One of Curtis’ major goals is to try to reduce additional traffic that comes with the increase in attendees. Staff are working on a ride-sharing program to reduce the number of vehicles as well as provide more accommodation for people who choose to stay onsite. In an interview from The Desert Sun, Curtis says "People staying on-site is always good for us," Curtis said. "It's great for traffic, great for the community."
The new ride-sharing program will be similar to a queue based system at most airports. Curtis expects the end of the night process to be easier, but he does predict delays before the festival.
With artists such as Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Porter Robinson & Madeon, The XX, Martin Garrix, and Justice, the increased capacity is great for fans.
Coachella is April 14-16 and April 21-23, 2017 in Indio, California.
H/T: The Desert Sun
Cover photo courtesy of Coachella