Coachella Fest Turns to Police for Wristband Enforcement

5:54 PM PST 03/16/2011 by Sofia M. Fernandez

Festivalgoers subject to strict guidelines this year.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has turned to local police to help enforce its latest "high security" wristband policy.

According to the Coachella website, police checkpoints will be set up at various points within a mile outside of the Indio festival's perimeter. Officers will inspect all vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles at these checkpoints and will turn away anyone that either does not have a wristband -- which acts as a festival pass -- or does not have it properly attached to their right wrist.

Wristbands will be shipped to ticketholders prior to the April 15-17 event.

The festival began using wristbands last year, the first year that required attendees to purchase a three-day pass instead of single day passes. The new system was rife with problems: entrances ran out of wristbands, stranding festivalgoers for hours under the blistering sun while additional wristbands were procured; the venue was overcrowded; and parking lots reportedly filled to capacity.

Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and Kanye West headline the 2011 festival, which sold out within a week of tickets going on sale. P.J. Harvey, the Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran and the Black Keys are also on the bill.

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