Coachella 2018: drone security, St Vincent to debut new show, Cardi B’s will be expensive + more
Coachella 2018 begins this weekend with sets from Beyonce, Migos, Cardi B, St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, The War On Drugs, The Weeknd, Brockhampton, Haim, Perfume Genius, Tyler the Creator, Vince Staples, Jamiroquai, Kamasi Washington, Alvvays, and tons more. Check out our guide to the festival, including a playlist of artists we're most excited to see. If you're not in attendance you can watch many of the performances via the livestream.
Speaking of watching, in the wake of last year's Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting, Coachella is amping up security and The Los Angeles Times reports one way they are doing that is with an army of drones:
"Drones will be flying over watching the perimeters. It takes us a few minutes to get an officer to a perimeter breach but a drone takes 45 seconds," said Indio Police Sgt. Dan Marshall. "The drones will also allow us to monitor traffic better than before.
Marshall said an outside company experienced in flying drones is providing the eyes in the sky for the first time and is cheaper and easier to call in than a police chopper.
In the desert hamlet, the horror of the Las Vegas attack still remains as it came on the hills of concert attacks by terrorists in Manchester, England, and Paris.
"Public safety is the absolute number one priority every year regardless of national and international events," Marshall said. "We have 15 years of making improvements. We make changes every year."
Please don't bring your own drones to Coachella -- that is on the banned item list along with glow sticks, e-cigs, hula hoops, hoverboards, weapons, selfie sticks, and stuffed animals (to name a few).
Some artists pull out all the stops for Coachella. In an recent interview on SiriusXM's Hip Hop Nation, Cardi B admitted that she didn't initially realize that Coachella was such "a big deal" and that she ended up spending around $300,000 on her stage show, while she's only getting paid $70,000 for each weekend's 35-minute performance. Watch a clip from that interview:
Geoff Rickly had something to say about that on Twitter:
Weather forecast for this year's Coachella is lots of sun with temperatures in the 90s all three days this first weekend, though the high winds that hit the Coachella Valley today and Wednesday should die down. Which is good news for the drones.
MEANWHILE, BEWARE OF THE WIND, and good thing there was nobody using this Porta Potty!...