US law enforcement officials said they arrested 112 Coachella-goers during the first weekend of the music festival, which began last Friday (April 15).
The California music extravaganza returned to Indio after a two-year hiatus as Covid-19 effectively shut down the global live entertainment industry.
Billie Eilish made history on Saturday (April 16) by becoming the youngest musician ever to headline Coachella.
Her 2022 headlining mates include The Weeknd, who performs with electronic music group Swedish House Media, and Harry Styles. Other performers included singers such as Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Brazilian megastar Anitta, Arcade Fire, South London MC Dave and The simpsons‘s theme composer Danny Elfman.
As the rising number of fentanyl-related overdoses in Los Angeles continues to worry law enforcement, officials said there were no reported overdose deaths at Coachella this year.
However, police said the number of arrests in 2022 is up 13 percent compared to Coachella’s 2019 edition.
According to official police figures, reported by TMZ112 festival-goers were arrested on drug, alcohol, property crime and misidentification charges.
Of these, 85 people were arrested for drunkenness and three for selling drugs at the festival.
In 2019, the Indio Police Department added, a total of 99 people were arrested.
“Unfortunately, with any event of this magnitude and the celebrations, people will make the decision to consume more alcohol than they need because of the celebration and the decision to use drugs,” Indio Police spokesman Benjamin Guitron said in a statement Monday.
“What kind of… Wow, you put so much time and effort into coming to a worldwide beautiful event and then you get arrested.”
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In addition to the arrests, police issued 72 summonses over the first Coachella weekend — including over 50 for illegally using a handicapped parking sign and 18 for parking in a handicapped space.
This Friday (April 22), when the second weekend of the festival begins, the tents will be set up again.
Follow the latest updates from Coachella 2022 here.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/coachella-2022-first-weekend-arrests-b2060587.html Coachella 2022: 112 people arrested on the first festival weekend