Coachella will delay the opening of its on-site camping in Indio, California, until early Friday morning (Apr. 20) due to adverse weather conditions. While The Empire Polo Grounds usually open to car and tent campers on the Thursday before the start of the festivities, ABC 7 reports that dangerously high winds will cause Coachella to open its camping starting at 3 a.m. on Friday. With the danger of downed trees and power lines and reduced visibility for driver, the National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning that will be in effect from 11:00 p.m. Wednesday (Apr. 18) through 2 a.m. Friday, warning festival goers that winds will be between 25 to 35 m.p.h. in the valley, with gusts up to 60 m.p.h. The winds are expected to die down late Thursday (Apr. 19) night.
“Please be aware you may experience high wait times, staging time in your cars,” Coachella said in a statement. “ABSOLUTELY no campsite set ups, no tent canopies or pop-up tents will be allowed to be put up until high wind has passed.” The second weekend of Coachella starts at 11 pm on Friday, with Beyonce, The Weeknd and Eminem set to headline.
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