Despite concerns from neighboring La Quinta and its city council about detrimental effects to the environment and local residents, the five-member city council of Indio almost unanimously agreed to allow Coachella to continue existing at the Empire Polo Club. The festival, which sold out in one week in 2010, will be expanding to two back-to-back weekends in 2012.
Promoter Goldenvoice has proposed that an independent third party monitor air quality, traffic and noise for next year’s concerts, which made La Quinta happy. The show is set to kick off on April 13, 2012. Goldenvoice also puts on country-themed Stagecoach, which will also rock the Empire Polo Club from April 27-29, 2012.
Indio Mayor Lupe Ramos Wilson said “Goldenvoice is as important to us as any other business.” The city will pocket $2.33 for every weekend pass sold, which could spell out as much as half a million dollars for the city. For more information about Coachella, see here.