Coachella On Fire (A Small Trailer Blaze That Was Put Out); Ariana Grande Performs Sunday

Apr 14, 2019

A mobile facilities trailer located in the center of the Coachella festival grounds caught fire Saturday. Riverside County Fire extinguished the blaze, with no injuries reported.

INDIO (CNS) - Cat ears and fake ponytails are expected in high supply at the Coachella Music & Art Festival grounds as Grammy-winner Ariana Grande headlines the final day of the first weekend.
   Coming off a whirlwind year of tragedy and chart-topping hits, Grande will play for thousands of fans at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, which hosts the Coachella festival. Many of those fans will expect to cheer on the star as she says ``Thank U, Next'' to all her ex-boyfriends, including the late Mac Miller, who died of an overdose late last year and ``Saturday Nigh Live'' star Pete Davidson.
   Festivalgoers could also see the popstar host millennial-favorite boyband `NSYNC, as the star and her manager playfully suggested on Twitter, according to US Magazine.
   Before Ariana performs, don't miss out on fellow Grammy-winner H.E.R. and everybody's favorite twerking flutist, Lizzo, as well as Khalid, Dillon Francis and Blood Orange.
   The final night of the first weekend is a cherry on top of the music cake with solid performances from a broad spectrum of artists on Saturday and earlier today (Sunday), including Tame Impala, Billie Eilish, Kacey Musgraces, Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae and Bassnectar.
   Other than an early Saturday morning fire that burned two campground
bathroom trailers, the Coachella Music & Art Festival has gone on without any
other major hiccups.
   The fire destroyed one trailer and damaged another, the Riverside
County Fire Department said. No injuries were reported.
   The cause remains under investigation, but ABC News reported a
mechanical unit that heats water for the showers failed and sparked the fire.
   For festival fans more interested in art, eye-popping art
installations will also be on exhibit at the grounds.
   ``An integral part of the Festival since its inception, the program of
artist installations is unique in scale and ambition, activating and
enhancing the `pop-up city' and experience that Coachella is,'' organizers
said. ``Each year the Festival's art program establishes new and iconic
cultural reference points to distinguish the festival, while contributing to
the rapidly expanding visual arts landscape in the Coachella Valley.''
   The pieces not only bring whimsical notes to the desertscape, but they
also act as important landmarks that help people navigate between acts.
   Festivalgoers, each paying anywhere from $400 to $900 apiece, are
expected to flood the city to catch all of the world-class art and artists, and
despite the availability of the Any Line Shuttle that can carry visitors
between the festival grounds and area hotels, major congestion is expected on
multiple routes.
   The festival will offer around 160 acts this weekend and next weekend
at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, where capacity crowds of 125,000-a-day are
   The first edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival began
Oct. 9, 1999.