I emailed Coachella yesterday and they just got back to me. Since they said no metal poles i'm also going to bring plastic instead of metal stakes.
9:26 AM (0 minutes ago)
Metal poles will be confiscated. Plastic are fine
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Subject: Security taking away PVC piping, other materials to make shade
Date: Thu, April 12, 2012 1:57 pm
I'm very fair and sensitive to sun, and in the past have always brought a home-made shade structure with wood poles, a reflective tarp and zip ties. This, in addition to tent stakes, are being confiscated as we speak according to the message boards. If I had been notified ahead of time, this may have not been an issue, because we could have planned an alternative, but to be the first day of camping AND JUST FINDING OUT NOW?!
This is ridiculous! It is a safety hazard in a greater way than someone poking someone with a pole or plastic stake to not have a source of shade, as well as to have tents flying everywhere with the extreme winds!