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Coachella 2010: How can you not love the Ferris wheel?

April 17, 2010 |  6:17 pm


The most visually striking addition to this year's Coachella has to be an attraction held over from October’s Phish Festival 8, which also took place at the Empire Polo Club: a 150-foot-tall Ferris wheel that towers over the festival grounds. To the unbridled pleasure of Coachella’s more chemically addled attendees, it flashes with brilliant illumination into the night.

On Saturday, as the sun hung low in the sky, the line to get on the ride was 35-people deep with assorted revelers, including several young women with extravagantly painted faces and a trio of shirtless guys wearing Vietnamese peasant hats.

Sally and Jim Richardson from Austin, Texas, brought their 4-year old daughter, Shelby, to Coachella for the first time and christened the event by riding the Ferris wheel twice.

“The view from up there was fantastic,” Sally Richardson said. “We come here every year. I wasn’t expecting this.”

Said Shelby: “I loved it!”

Her father added: “More than all the music, I should point out.”

--Chris Lee

Photo: Fans wait to watch Jay-Z as the Ferris wheel spins in the distance in Indio on Friday.  Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times