Coachella Fest Wraps Up on High Note
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
INDIO- A sea of fans absorbed the beats and the heat at Coachella Fest, as the three-day concert wrapped up this weekend.
"The heat is a little brutal," said Dan Zoeb of San Diego, "You have to stay hydrated, but other than that everything is perfect."
Police are pleased with how the event went. Violence was not a problem this weekend. Most arrest were for alcohol or drugs.
For the first time ever, the festival spanned two consecutive weeks with identical lineups-- a hit for concert goers and the local economy. With the temperatures rising over the weekend, so did the dollars spent at local stores. Ticketholders stocked up on water and ice to keep cool.
"We came here just to get supplies and everything, it was probably a few hundred dollars," said JD Demarra from San Diego after buying groceries at a nearby Ralphs.
Considering Coachella Fest has brought out 85 thousand people and many of those people are drinking alcohol, things have remained relatively calm. Less than one percent have been arrested.
"There's always going to be that one group that comes in and isn't going to behave. But good for us the majority just comes in and enjoys it," said Ben Guitron, Indio Police spokesperson.
From the first weekend to the close of the following Saturday, police arrested about two hundred people. It wasn't the rowdy atmosphere some expected.
"I think the heat is just taking it out of people," said Charlotte Wade a ticketholder from Long Beach.
"I thought it was going to be a little more rowdy, but today is the last day its not over yet," said Arvel Jackson, a ticketholder from Sherman Oaks.
Thousand of ticket holders anticipated the night shows with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog to close out the festival on a high note.
-Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.