It turns out expanding to two weekends had literally no effect on Coachella’s attendance the first weekend. The festival drew 80-85,000 attendees, up from about 75,000 people last year. We’ll see how many people turn up for the second weekend, but either way, more people came this weekend than ever before.
Also up this year: Arrests, as 134 concertgoers were arrested this year, compared to 48 last year. According to police, usually there are 200 arrests at football games, so this number is low in comparison. [RS]