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Rain Forecast For 1st Coachella Weekend

Coachella Fest is known for being a scorching hot weekend under the sun. Past concerts have always had one day of record heat — but with rain in the forecast, weekend one of Coachella 2012 is a stark contrast.

“We came for Coachella Festival… and to sunbathe,” said Leanne Bayley of London.

It poses the question: Rain or heat — which do concert-goers prefer?

An overwhelming number of people said “heat.” Though people want sun, the rain hasn’t kept them indoors.

“It didn’t stop people from hanging out by the pool with the music,” Ace Hotel general manager Jason Dibler said. “I think it’s going to be the best April we’ve had since we opened the hotel.”

Full crowd, with full suitcases – full of the summer essentials.

“We’re going to have to file bankruptcy hen we get back because we spent all our life savings on this vacation. We’ve spent loads on bikinis, swimwear, suntan lotion,” Bayley said.

Many tourists didn’t come prepared, not thinking they’d need rain boots in the desert.

“Last time I was here it was like boiling hot.”

They may have come for the sun, but they say they’ll stay for the music.

“It’s a great festival, a great lineup, and I don’t think the rain or the heat would affect that,” Geoffrey Quinton said.

KESQ News Team

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