Which is cooler? The brand new, $75 million in Las Vegas? Or the 16-year-old Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival in Indio?
That may sound like a trick question, since Rock in Rio USA debuts today, Friday, while the now 16-year-old Coachella festival has long been a bastion for hipsters who like to chill all year long.
But no matter.
Because at least for this weekend, Rock in Rio will be cooler, literally.
The predicted high temperature for today is 64 degrees. That’s 21 degrees lower than the 85 degree high expected Sunday in Las Vegas, and 20 degrees lower than it was in Indio on April 10, when this year’s edition of Coachella got underway.
Moreover, there is up to a 20 percent chance of rain, with a possible thunderstorm, or both, in Las Vegas today, with winds of 14 miles per hour. On Saturday, forecasts call for a high of 76 degrees, with no rain. That’s 10 degrees cooler than the second day of Coachella was this year.
It remains to be seen what the total attendance will be at Rock in Rio USA, which can accommodate up to 85,000 people a day and is being held on a newly built 40 acre site next to the Circus Circus casino and hotel. But advance ticket sales are steadily building for the festival, which will be headlined this weekend by Metallica and No Doubt, and next weekend by Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars.
“Ticket sales, as of today, are 130,000,” Roberta Medina, the vice president of Rock in Rio, told U-T San Diego Thursday, as she gave an informal tour of the festival grounds. “We’re starting a new event, and I think we’ll have a great result.”
Full coverage of Rock in Rio USA will appear on utsandiego.com throughout the weekend, including reviews, behind the scenes reports and a profile of San Diego’s Jon Schimke, who is the production manager and on-stage audio mixing engineer for No Doubt.