Volunteer security staff stopped using the electronic ticket scanners and began simply collecting tickets and e-tickets.
Volunteer security staff stopped using the electronic ticket scanners and began simply collecting tickets and e-tickets.
Bill Jensen

Coachella Now Free? Riot Averted--for now--as security letting people in for free--kind of

Hot. Sticky. Angry.

A wait of epic proportions is happening right now at the front gate of Coachella, Friday April 16, the first day of the music and arts festival in Indio, California. A three hour line (if you can call a mash of 1000 people a line).

Apparently, the wait was being caused by the electronic machines that scan the tickets and e-tickets at the front gate coupled with the fact that the security was staffed by many volunteers. Visitors say it was taking between 30 seconds to a minute to scan the tickets, before they went through not one, but two bag checks.

At 5:11 p.m., a supervisor announced (sans bullhorn) that they were going to stop scanning the e-tickets with the problematic machines, and only collect them--which means for the time being anyone with a xeroxed e-ticket can get through the gate and get a wristband. If you wanted, you could print out 50 e-tickets, hand them out to the crowd, and they would work.

An hour earlier, a throng of 50 people jumped a chain link fence to the right of the gate, and were chased by security.

Worst. Mosh Pit. Ever.
Worst. Mosh Pit. Ever.
Bill Jensen

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