The recession is really over, huh? NBC L.A.:
More people attended the Coachella music festival in Indio this year than ever before, ending with more arrests than last year, according to the Indio Police Department.
“We had an attendance of 80,000–85,000 people every day,” said Benjamin Guitron, department spokesman. “Last year we had 70,000–75,000 people.”
That’s up from 60,000 per day in 2009, he added, citing statistics from Goldenvoice, the festival’s promoter.
The attendance increase comes at the same time the music festival was doubled into two weekends for the first time.
This year also saw an increase in the number of arrests, as the department took 134 people into custody, mostly for alcohol-related issues. There were 48 arrests last year.