Coachella Fined $117,000 For Breaking Curfew Rules

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Indio, California, slapped Coachella organizers with a $117,000 fine for breaking curfew for three consecutive nights during the 2023 music festival.

A representative from the City of Indio noted that Frank Ocean performed later than the scheduled time, and was not the only act to perform despite previously declared curfew times, according to TMZ. Coachella performances reportedly went overtime by 25 minutes Friday, 22 minutes on Saturday, and 25 minutes on Sunday. Curfew is 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and midnight on Sunday.

The $117,000 fine was calculated according to an agreement between Indio officials and concert organizer, Goldenvoice. The contractual agreement stipulates a daily fine of $20,000 for the first five minutes over curfew, with another $1,000 in fines for every additional minute, according to TMZ.

Frank Ocean’s set began a full hour late as a result of the singer’s delay in arrival, forcing him to cut his show short.

“Guys I’m being told it’s curfew, so that’s the end of the show,” he said, before departing the stage.

The contract between Indio and Coachella was implemented in 2013 and lasts until 2050. The curfew times listed for 2023 were extended beyond the original curfews, which were set for midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11:00 p.m. on Sundays, according to TMZ. (RELATED: Fans Slam Frank Ocean For Allegedly Flopping At Coachella)

Fines paid will be held in the city of Indio’s General Fund and are used for operating costs, including police, fire and public works.