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(Live video) Coachella 2013, 1st weekend, 1st day: Welcome! Now wait in line

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SHVITZING THE DAY AWAY

KPCC's Ben Bergman is our man on the ground. Hopefully not in a fallen-over sort of way. Impending sun stroke, cell congestion and excessive schlepping make forming sentences a challenge, so let's all take it easy on the guy going forward. Here is his first, and likely his most lucid, transmission from Indio, CA:

3:17 p.m. 

There are three truths about braving Coachella: It will be blazing hot, your phone won’t be able to get reception, and you will endure many long lines. (Aren’t you sad you didn’t come?) 

To get into the festival, there are lines to get onto the shuttle, another one to scan your shuttle pass when you de-board, and two different security checkpoints where guards check do a bag check and pat you down.
 
Then, you scan your wristband, and hopefully the light turns green, and you’re in.

Often the festival manages the 80,000-strong crowd with breathtaking efficiency. But today there have been some early hiccups.
 
The lines for the last security checkpoint were long and slow, even by Coachella standards, this afternoon. It took over an hour for people to get in. Security guards and attendees seemed equally frustrated.
 
It didn’t help there was no shade, and the desert sun is beating down at toasty 90 degrees. Several hundred people tired of waiting rushed the gates. There was nothing guards could do to stop them.
 
It’s only uphill from here, hopefully.

WATCH LIVE FROM HOME (OR IF YOU'RE STILL IN LINE...)

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE NOT EXPECTING COACHELLA

Non-festival rockers have an oasis of local options to keep busy for the next few days. Check out KPCC's incredible list of weekend alternatives and our suggestions for 29 Other Ways To Spend $349. 

It's also our responsibility to inform you that Rob Lowe is totally narrating National Geographic's new miniseries, "The 80s: The Decade That Made Us" on Sunday.

 

Check back throughout the weekend for photos, videos, mayhem, and maybe even some music.

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