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01-28-2012, 07:33 AM
Local music fans seize last opportunity for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival passes

12:06 AM, Jan. 28, 2012 |

Written by Colin Atagi
The Desert Sun

Indio — Melissa Ray spent much of this past week anticipating her last chance to buy a pass to the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

The event's promoter, Goldenvoice, is selling 1,000 passes to east Coachella Valley residents today for each Coachella weekend and the Stagecoach country music festival in April.

Both events sold out earlier this month, much to the chagrin of the 17-year-old Bermuda Dunes resident.

But when the extra batch of tickets was announced, the teen began planning.

To make sure she gets a pass today, Melissa got in line Friday and camped — along with dozens of others — overnight outside the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, where the tickets go on sale today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Her mom arrived at the fairgrounds at 8a.m. Friday and held the first spot until Melissa finished class at La Quinta High School.

About 1 p.m., Melissa's mom passed the spot to her daughter who, with 21 hours to go before the tickets would go on sale, began her countdown.

“I'm just really tired from finals, so I'm probably going to sack out,” Melissa said Friday. “The adrenaline will make time go by faster.”

She and her 18-year-old boyfriend, Indio resident Michael Valenzuela, were joined by scores of other hopeful ticket-seekers in a scene reminiscent of the determined bargain-hunters who lined up outside department stores across the country in the hours before Black Friday.

But instead of holiday deals, they are lined up for a chance to enjoy live performances by headliners the Black Keys, Radiohead, and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

At 3 p.m., the line contained 30 people. By 7 p.m., that number had doubled, Indio police said.

Passersby asked what was going on, and one person in line joked they were all part of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Most people sat in folding chairs, but one Indio man detached seats from his van.

Smart phones and MP3 players kept people entertained, while two Indio women played board games.

They also came prepared for a cold night.

After a high Friday of 74 degrees, temperatures were expected to drop into the upper 40s overnight in Indio, according to AccuWeather.

Coachella resident Eddie Gallaga, 19, and La Quinta resident Madison Ebersole kept themselves and others entertained by playing guitars as they sat in line.

“Everybody here is pretty chill,” Gallaga said.

Madison, 17, drove past the area earlier in the week and decided to get in line about 1 p.m. after seeing a crowd.

“I was already having anxiety over it,” she said.

Few people, however, were worried they wouldn't get a pass.

Only residents of ZIP codes 92201, 92203, 92236, 92241, 92253 and 92274 are allowed to purchase the tickets.

Buyers need to show driver's licenses and will be sold only one pass each.

People expected the rules to help them keep track of the number of passes purchased ahead of them.

If there were a dozen people ahead of them, that meant just as many passes would be sold, several of them said.

La Quinta resident Lindsey Klein , 17, said she would be disappointed if she camped out for nothing.

Her friend, Indio resident Syd Styler, 17, balked at her statement and said she was enjoying the experience.

“We got the Cosmos (magazines) and stuff,” Syd said. “And at least it's a nice day.”

01-28-2012, 12:58 PM
Line is FUCKING slow!

Bunch of retards set this up.
8 people to check out 1000

5 min per person

Get it together GV

Neighborhood Creep
01-28-2012, 01:26 PM

01-28-2012, 01:36 PM
Line is FUCKING slow!

Bunch of retards set this up.
8 people to check out 1000

5 min per person

Get it together GV

you ever NOT bitching about something? my god. if someone gave you a million dollars in cash you would find a way to complain about it.