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Coachella To Expand To FIVE Weekends?

Goldenvoice wants to expand on Coachella's two-weekend formula.    

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Yes, you can have too much of a good thing, and this is getting ridiculous. A proposal has been floated in Indio, CA, deep in the deserts east of Los Angeles, to expand the wildly successful Spring festival Coachella to a whopping five weekends.

Goldenvoice, Coachella's creators and organizers, has given the city of Indio a proposal, first reported by the Desert Sun, requesting permission to run three consecutive weekend concerts in the Spring, and two in the fall. Coachella was expanded to two weekends this year, with week-one bands returning for the second installment, often with identical sets to what they originally played.

The city of Indio has a meeting set for Sept. 18 to examine environmental impact, as well as the request for increased attendence size of each show. 

That's one particular point worth remembering, given that Coachella's crowds have swelled to discomfortingly massive size in recent years. If there are no schedule conflicts among main-stage performers, attendees stand very little chance of a good viewing position, without camping out all day in the heat – thus missing a good deal of the rest of the event's festivities.

Besides, is more truly necessary from a festival that, in 2012 alone, grossed over $47 million and sold out within minutes?

"I've asked [Goldenvoice] as the mayor to work together with Empire Polo Club and the Eldorado Polo Club to promote more concerts," Indio Mayor Glenn Miller told the LA Times in March. "Maybe not concerts as big as Coachella or Stagecoach, but a Latin concert, as we have a large Hispanic community out here, or maybe a jazz and blues event."