Coachella 2017: The gates are open — and the fest is noticeably larger

Could the fifth be “Nation”?3. Everything is bigger. That changes this year.Coachella’s 2017 roster includes the highest volume of Latino and Spanish-language bands in its 18-year history. Coachella 2017: Everything’s bigger, from the grounds to the crowds and bars August Brown(August Brown / Los Angeles Times)The first thing you notice when you walk onto the Coachella grounds in 2017? Coachella 2017: Your survival guideAugust BrownFans enjoy a bracing mist at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The video for “Humble” shows Lamar sitting at a table surrounded by disciples that’s reflective of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper.”Could this story culminate   when Lamar “rises” during Sunday’s Coachella gig?The Magic 8 Ball says maybe. The festival’s website has its list of tips as well as some do’s and don’ts, but here are a few of ours.There’s a new stageEveryone welcome the Sonora Stage to the family. “Our place here is literally being threatened. (Los Angeles Times)Though the   Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival   has become a spring tradition, there are still many questions for those preparing to attend the desert festival for the first time. What follows is a rundown of questions and story lines to watch during the annual Indio festival.Read more Like the Despacio and Yuma tents of recent years, this one will have a genre focus — punk and garage rock — where super-fans can post up for the day or pass through when they need a bracing blast of guitar noise. “I said it’s like that, dropped one classic, came right back / ‘Nother classic, right back/ My next album, the whole industry on a ice pack.” The theory? Clary / AFP/Getty Images)As the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival approaches, devoted music fans have been in the midst of another rite of spring: speculating on what’s going to happen when the music starts.In years past, after all, we’ve paid witness to Roger Waters’ flying pig and Arcade Fire’s glowing orbs. On Thursday, Top Dawg Entertainment in-house producer Sounwave, who works closely with Lamar, posted a tweet that read, “But what if I told you… (Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times)The Do LaB — the outsider dance music stage at the edge of the   Coachella   grounds — has announced its lineup for the 2017 festival, and it looks prepared to compete with the rest of the forward-thinking club music bills at the fest.Mr. beat-scene favorite Gaslamp Killer, Justin Martin and Dirtybird Records boss Barclay Crenshaw are among the headliners at the fan-favorite niche stage, which has its own ecosystem of Burner-style vibes (indebted to the same folks behind the   Lightning in a Bottle   festival, who curate it).It’s been a 13-year fixture at Coachella, and its rowdy-hippy aesthetic has a life of its own there.Read more MusicScene April 14, 2017, 1:25 p.m. One other upside — there are bountiful new bars and beer gardens at every turn, including right in front of the side stages. Portishead followed by Prince in 2008? Below, five convincing clues.1. That’s what Lamar has been using as a profile photo on Spotify, but recently a new photo shows him standing in front of blue bricks.5. Tupac Shakur came back from the dead — in the form of a hologram-like concoction.Chance the Rapper’s 2014 first-weekend debut saw Justin Bieber pop by for a cameo. In 2007, an unknown Amy Winehouse established a stateside presence during a sunset performance in the Gobi tent. Plus speculation on Lorde, Kendrick and moreRandall RobertsLady Gaga (Timothy A. Might the would-be companion piece, “Nation,” resurrect the fallen Lamar on Easter Sunday?2. People are getting deported.”The shift in direction at Coachella caught many by surprise — even U.S. Gaslamp Killer, Mr. Coachella is excellent at separating people from their beer money, and after all that new walking, it’s rarely been more deserved. immigration agents.Read more Scene April 14, 2017, 1:26 p.m. Carmack headline the Do LaB stageAugust BrownSara Rose peeks through her bear mask while dancing on stage in the Do LaB at a recent Coachella. that’s not the official version.” He followed it with an image of Morpheus from the film “The Matrix.”As the Verge points out, Morpheus reveals the reality of the Matrix by explaining, “You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. Given Southern California’s demographics, some might say it’s been a long time coming, especially when one takes into account that the actual city of Coachella is more than 96% Latino or Hispanic.“I thought we existed outside of what Coachella had to offer,” said Daniel Gomez of Inland Empire band Quitapenas. The lettering on the cover of “Damn” is red, and the first track on the album is called “Blood.”   On the back cover of the album, Lamar is standing in front of red bricks. That changes this yearRandall RobertsThee Commons band members, from left, David Pacheco, Jose Rojas and Rene Pacheco. Kendrick Lamar (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)As if one new Kendrick Lamar album weren’t enough, on Friday morning Twitter erupted with speculation that the Compton rapper would be issuing a companion to “Damn” on Easter Sunday called “Nation.” The theory arose on Reddit, where sleuths started connecting dots.Whether it’s true or not, gathering tidbits of evidence certainly makes for a good parlor game. The gatekeepers are looking more like us.”With President Trump pledging to build a wall along the southern border and Latino communities being shaken by an uptick in Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, artists say that building bridges between the English-speaking Coachella crowd and Latino communities presents real-world opportunities.Jorge Avila of the Los Angeles-based Qvole Collective, a booking and artist management company focused on what it calls “the black/brown avant-garde,” describes the climate as “the perfect storm of circumstances.”“There’s an urgency for us to come together,” he said. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”4. How will festgoers greet Lady Gaga? IV” earlier this year, and it features what could be portentous lyrics. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)Since it emerged from the alternative rock scene in 1999, the   Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival   has featured many acts spanning hip-hop, folk, EDM, pop, heavy metal and classic rock.Yet one style of music has long been underrepresented on the grounds of the posh Empire Polo Club in Indio: Latin music. “But things are changing. It’s by the entrance, and worth a look for sets by Guided by Voices, Downtown Boys and T.S.O.L.But there are more peopleLast year the Indio City Council approved an expansion of Coachella’s capacity from 99,000 to 125,000, so expect to see a few more tanned, flower-crowned bodies on the grounds.Read more Music April 14, 2017, 1:25 p.m. Coachella hasn’t had a lot of Latin music. Carmack, L.A. But for anyone with muscle memory about exactly how long it takes to stroll from the main stage to the Sahara Tent will find the compass a little wobbly.The Gobi and Mojave are tucked deep   in what used to be the backstage area. And it’s   more striking a change than the fest has seen in years.An   extra 25,000 fans, naturally, are going to need the space. Epic.These kinds of moments often arrive without notice but immediately become touchstones. “Damn” was released on Good Friday and opens and closes with Lamar getting shot, which detectives suggest mirrors Jesus’ death. The Boyle Heights band is one of several Latino groups playing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Lamar released the track “The Heart, Pt. Five albums are acknowledged, but “Damn” is only Lamar’s fourth.   Scene April 14, 2017, 1:41 p.m. The new Sonora Tent and the return of the Yuma Tent now make the upper terrace feel like its own mini-festival. Get a peek at some of Coachella’s colorful art August Brown Music April 14, 2017, 1:35 p.m. The pastel Seussian sculpture garden (the Chiaozza Garden, to   be exact) in the main stage   is a world unto itself. April 14, 2017, 2:04 p.m.