Coachella: Ready to Roll

INDIO, Calif. - Festivalgoers are converging on Indio Thursday for the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which starts tomorrow.

The sold-out festival will be held at the Empire Polo Club Friday through Sunday and April 18-20, with the same lineup performing both weekends.

Friday's headliners include OutKast, the Knife, the Replacements and Neko Case.

Saturday's headliners are Muse, Pharrell Williams, Queens of the Stone Age and Lorde, and Sunday's include Arcade Fire, Beck, Lana Del Rey and Motorhead.

Camping at the festival opened Thursday morning. Events surrounding the
festival, including pool parties and an art exhibit, are also starting Thursday,
and festivalgoers can use their wristbands to get discounts at local businesses.

Discount information is at http://festivals.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com.

Roads will be closed and traffic delays are expected Friday through Sunday
on both weekends, 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.

High temperatures are expected to reach the low to mid 90s, according to
the National Weather Service.

Information about the festival is available at www.coachella.com.

For other questions or problems, call the city at (760) 541-7800 or email

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