For this first time, Goldenvoice presents Power Trip to the Coachella Valley. The three day music festival will be held October 6th - 8th at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
The people at Big Rock Golf and Pub in Indio are hoping that locals, campers, and festival goers come a day early to kick off the weekend at the Power Trip Preview party.
Business owners like Kelly Sloan say he is ready for the increase in foot traffic this week. He owns Sloan's off Highway 111 in Indio, and they are known for the pancakes. Sloan says that during festival season, his team serves almost 1100 people in an 8-hour shift. "They all start coming in on Thursday before the campers and all that," says Sloan. "So we get on Friday, Saturday, Sunday. And then on Monday is our biggest day because nobody wants to get on the freeway to get home. So they all camp out. They eat a lot more, they drink a little more they hang out. So actually, Monday is the best day of all the festival dates for us so far." They have been in Indio for 40 years. He says his family has witnessed every Coachella, and he is happy with how law enforcement has made the flow of traffic easier for locals to get around the city.
The following streets will be primary access routes for the festival on the following days: October
5-8, but significant traffic is expected:
Jefferson Street, southbound, from Interstate 10 to Avenue 52
Washington Street, southbound, from I-10 to Avenue 52
Monroe Street, southbound, from I-10 to Avenue 52
Avenue 48 between Jefferson and Jackson streets
Highway 111 at Jefferson Street
Highway 111 at Monroe Street
I-10 exit eastbound at Jefferson Street
I-10 exit eastbound at Monroe Street
I-10 exit eastbound at Washington Street
On Friday of the festival through Monday, the following roads will be closed:
Avenue 49 between Hjorth Street and Monroe Street
Avenue 50 between Madison Street and Jackson Street
Hjorth Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 50
Madison Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 52
"If you're going, if you're not going to the concert, avoid it's best to say avoid Monroe Street, avoid Jefferson Street, avoid trying to access Avenue 50," says the Indio Public Information Officer, Benjamin Guitron. "Anything beyond those areas crossing those streets, specifically Monroe and Jefferson, there are designated points north and south of the inner part of the location of the concert. People in the valley are pretty much accustomed to it based on the concerts that we have during our concert series of Coachella Fest. And stagecoach in occasionally we've had the concerts in October. So I think just making them aware."