As attendees happily filed into the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Friday for the second and final weekend of the Goldenvoice-promoted Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, there were a few cliff-hangers left over from last weekend. Among them: Will Pharrell Williams bring out another all-star parade of guest stars? Will every artist on Saturday be in a significantly better mood without the threat of a dust storm? Is Beyonce here again?
It’s not exactly cause for high drama, and the been-here, done-that vibe lent a relatively relaxed mood to the desert festival, which draws about 90,000 people per day. While news broke Friday morning that a 24 year-old woman had died of an apparent overdose, it didn’t cast a pall over the festival, as few on the ground in Indio seemed aware of the incident.
There was, however, some concern that the guest roster would change, but no one was in a panic about it. Alyana Skye, 20, of Los Angeles, had staked out an early spot for her blanket to enjoy rock singer Anthony Green. Her decision to come to Coachella’s second weekend was relatively spur of the moment, as she had bought a wristband for just under $600 on the secondary market two weeks ago. – Los Angeles Times