Desert Oasis Music Festival preparations underway

Reggae festival preparations underway

INDIO, Calif. - A new music festival is taking over the Empire Polo Grounds this weekend. Desert Oasis Music Festival is bringing 24 bands for a two-day experience.
"Reggae is great, and we've been kicking it around for a couple of years. And then when Desert Trip decided they weren't going to come back this year, I thought it would be good for the valley and business to have another festival in the fall," producer Alex Haagen said.

But the tragedy in Las Vegas is not far from Haagen's mind.

"It's a small festival family. So you know people freelance, who work different shows, and my first thought was 'Maybe I knew someone at the show' and that's sort of scary," Haagen said.

As with all of their events, security is a priority.

"This city, the city of Indio and the police department, is one of the best cities in the country, if not the world, to put on large scale events and they've been doing it and we've all gone through it year after year," Haagen said.

The Indio Police Department echoing that sentiment.

"It's actually what we're really really good at. I like to tell people we have our Ph.D. in festivals. We know what we need to do. We have our federal partners, state partners that are out there," Sgt. Dan Marshall said.

Haagen gave us a tour of the three stages set up for the weekend.

"We're trying to make it an experience. Anyone can go to a venue and sit in stadium seats and watch a show. We want them to have a great experience," Haagen said.

Empire Music Ventures opening an exclusive part of the grounds for the festival.

"We're opening the Medjool Lake. We have here to the public for the first time, we have a rum bar there with Nelson our mixologist to make craft cocktails so we hope you enjoy those too," Haagen said.

Tickets are still available, both day passes and weekend passes, online up until midnight. You can also get them at the festival at the main entrance and at the box office.

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