The Stage is Set for Coachella Fest 2012
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INDIO--The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is just a few days away. Concert-goers are already descending on the valley for three days of musical rapture. While some neighbors dread the yearly festival, others are making the most of the music.
"She's got a place, so we're just going to be pool side for a couple of days and have the calm before the storm," said festival-goer Francesca Carbonneau.
A musical storm that has crews working to get the stage and sound perfect. Complaints about noise from sound check isn't sitting well with some ticket holders.
"We own property here we deserve to use it," said festival-goer Lindsay Corbett. "We're only here for 6 days."
"I think the festival promotes local businesses, local art beyond the artists that are coming in from around the world. A lot of local musicians and artists get to showcase themselves here for the weekend so I think that's really good too," Carbonneau said.
While thousands eagerly await wristbands, others aren't looking forward to the weeks of crowds, cars and constant music.
"We've been meeting with them since August of last year. Meeting with HOA's HOA boards, homeowners themselves that surround the polo club to try to hear their concerns hear what their issues are and then try to solve those with what we're changing around this year," Jim Curtis, Human Services Manager for the City of Indio said.
Curtis will personally hit the grounds checking decibel levels to make sure residents aren't too inconvenienced by the volume of the festival. Some residents who live just outside the polo grounds actually look forward to the noise.
"It comes in faintly, but can hear the back beats and the drum beats. I heard Paul McCartney a couple of years ago, that was awesome," said Indio resident Pat Layton.
"I open my windows to hear the music," said Bob, an Indio resident. "I think it's great and I have to stretch and I am within walking distance and it doesn't bother me at all. I look forward to it. I think it's terrific.
If you have any questions or concerns please call the Concert Hotline at (760) 541-7800 and someone from the city of Indio will help you out. You can also email them at email@example.com.
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