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Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Wraps Up

By: Elyse Miller News Channel 3 Reporter emiller@kesq.com

INDIO – The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival wrapped up Sunday night. It was time for campers to pack up and head home. After a long weekend of sun, music and more sun and music, festival goers were exhausted.

” I’m tired, hot, worn out,” says Fumiko Sakurai, festival goer.

Fumiko Sakurai has a long journey ahead. She came all the way to Indio from Japan. This is her fourth time taking a 10 hour flight to spend about 48 hours at the the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

” I came here just for this,” says Sakurai. ” I keep coming back every year.”

Those, like Sakurai, who make the event a tradition say it keeps getting better, but Saturday’s performance by Paul McCartney could be tough to beat.

” Paul McCartney made it so much better,” says Ariel Young.

This weekend was the hottest it has been all year, but die-hard Coachella fans say, even though Sunday’s temps topped out near 100 degrees, it still feels cooler than years in the past.

” Last year it was hot every day, so we lucked out on that,” says James Mack, Coachella Fest regular.

” Three years ago it was probably 111 degrees and I got heat stroke,” says Young. ” I wasn’t able to see Tool.”

This year organizers moved the festival a week earlier, hoping to beat the triple digits, but as the sun beats down, most say the bands and the experience are too hot to miss.

” I hope to keep coming indefinitely,” says Robert West.

KESQ News Team

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