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Goldenvoice aims to expand Coachella Valley festivals to five weekends

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Overheated Coachella goers get hosed down in the ‘Do Lab’ Friday as temperatures topped 100.

2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Day 1

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Musician Dan Auerbach of Black Keys performs onstage during day 1 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)

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Dr. Dre (left) and Tupac Shakur appeared at Coachella.

Steven Tyler chats with a fan

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Aerosmith singer chats with a fan in the VIP section of Coachella in 2008.

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Coachella Festival goers hang out around the base of the "Gateway" sculpture Saturday night. The installation is by Los Angeles-based Sensory Sync and features moving lights and graphics at night.

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 3

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Musician Bethany Cosentino of the band Best Coast performs during Day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bethany Cosentino

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Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist played to a rapt crowd Saturday night at Coachella.

Goldenvoice, the creators of the wildly successful Coachella festival, has given the city of Indio a proposal that, if approved, could expand their desert festivals to five weekends.

The proposal, first reported by the Desert Sun, is asking for three concert weekends to take place in the spring and two in the fall. Currently Goldenvoice hosts three concert weekends in the spring: the Coachella music fest takes place over two weekends, and the Stagecoach country music fest is currently just one weekend.

The city of Indio has scheduled a meeting for Sept. 18 to discuss details of an environmental impact report regarding the plan that is also asking for permission to increase attendence size of each show.

According to the Billboard, the two weekends of the 2012 Coachella music festival alone (headlined by Dr. Dre - with hologram Tupac, Radiohead, and The Black Keys) grossed over $47 million and tickets sold out within minutes.


Staying 'Golden': Indio councilman suspends tax proposal for Coachella, Stagecoach

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Overheated Coachella goers get hosed down in the ‘Do Lab’ as temperatures top 100 degrees.

Activity has been suspended on a proposed ballot initiative that would have taxed admission to over 2,500 attendees of Coachella and Stagecoach, and sent future golden voices fleeing the fests of Indio. Goldenvoice President Paul Tollett said 2013 would be the last year for the music festivals in Indio if the ticket tax measure made it onto the ballot.

The Desert Sun published a statement by Indio City Councilman Sam Torres on Thursday that the now halted effort was "based on the desire to help bridge the gap in revenues that Indio, like cities across the state, have experienced due to the economic recession."

Said Torres in a city statement, "the potential for the music festivals to move out of the city exists, and if this should occur it would negatively impact the region; I cannot in good conscience allow this to happen no matter how dire the city’s circumstances...My sincere hope is that we can now move past this episode and I personally look forward to working to enhance relationships."


Storm troopers: LA and OC slosh through a wet and wild Friday

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Northern Orange County was on alert Friday when the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning that included the possibility of a small tornado. According to the OC Register, a waterspout was sighted off the coast.

A flood advisory and hazardous weather statement were issued for areas in and around Los Angeles, and forecasters were also warning of gusts up to 60 mph in sections of the Southland.

Earlier Friday, Southern California Edison reported power outages in Palos Verdes, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Santa Clarita, and the LADWP said Friday afternoon via Twitter that about 5,000 of its 1.4 million customers were without electricity. Those outages were affecting Exposition Park, Gramercy Park, Westlake and Del Rey ,NBC LA reports.

So what does this mean for the "Play Me, I'm Yours" outdoor piano installation? Artists reportedly prepared for precipitation, and coated accordingly with a water sealant. Public art stops for no storm. 


California storm to make guest appearance at Coachella

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An electrifying weather event (that struck a jet with lightning as it was leaving San Francisco Thursday night) is making a stopover in Southern California.

Some parts of the state will get the full wrath experience with lightning, hail, and gale-force winds on Friday, while others will see scattered showers and snow, according to the National Weather Service.

In Indio, where tens of thousands are gathering for the first of two weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the temperature is expected to get low, and blow, thanks to some wind accompaniment.

Happy Friday the 13th, rockers.


Coachella 2012: Would you pay $23,810 for tickets?

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Aerosmith singer chats with a fan in the VIP section of Coachella in 2008.

Coachella 2012 sold out of remaining passes in three hours on Friday, setting off a frenzy of fiscally outrageous secondary market options for the music obsessed.

Ebay wins for the highest priced package: four 3-day VIP passes for $23,810.00. Stubhub has hundreds of tickets selling for thousands of dollars with a range of about $559 to $1,500 per General Admission pass. Craigslist is a sea of scams and swaps with many ads coming in a hundreds of dollars above face value. 

The official Coachella site is also a resource for post-sold out options. There you'll find everything from hysteria, to borderline prostitution, to optimists with sales data charts telling people to calm down and wait it out. 

For fans who spent hours battling the cue, never got through, and left ticketless and blue, there's no shortage of places to vent. Don't let your unrequited festival feelings go unheard. Twitter and Tumblr understand.