After the announcement that the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival would last over two weekends in 2012, the city of Indio has postponed signing a contract with the Coachella festival promoter.
According to LA Weekly, neighboring city La Quinta requested the cities of Indio and Goldenvoice to be assessed under the California Environmental Quality Act, which is what caused the postponement of the contract. If they comply, the reviewing process could push into the event’s scheduled opening date of April 13th, 2012 and force promoters to delay the event.
As the festival has grown to be one of the largest and most significant music festivals in the country, neighboring cities and residents have often complained about the festival’s negative presence on the city. But there are good reasons for Indio to want to sign the new contract, considering that they will now receive a portion of the ticket sales and the Coachella Valley gets $35 million in revenues each year from the festival.