A Calmer Coachella, But Arrests Up
INDIO- Police have arrest more than one hundred people at Coachella Fest this year, almost double the number last year. But ticket holders say rowdiness isn't the problem.Photo: Video by kmir6.com
INDIO- The first weekend of Coachella Fest wraps up tonight, with about 80,000 people enjoying themselves. But some ticket holders took their fun too far and ended up in jail.
Police arrested about one hundred people-- nearly double the number of arrest made last year.
"I've seen people getting carried away by the police. I don't know for what reason," said Raffi Kevorkian, a ticket holder from Los Angeles.
Most arrest were for alcohol and drug related offenses. Police arrested one person for assault.
"We do have after parties and things going on where things have gotten drunk and disorderly. But at the concert it's been pretty good," said Ben Guitron, the spokesperson for Indio police.
Police are ready for any more arrests next weekend. For the first time, Coachella is two weekends in a row.
Ticket holders this time around say it's actually calmer than they expected.
"I actually haven't been pushed around like I'm used to," said Gabby Padley.
If it's not the rowdiness next Coachella fest attendees should prepare for, it's braving everything else.
"Stay hydrated. It gets hot out there," said John Chow from San Francisco. "Running water is a luxury…I have not showered this whole weekend. Three days now. It's disgusting," he said.
It may be disgusting, but for thousands of ticket holders camping out and rocking out, it's completely worth it.
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Jessica Flores KMIR6 News.