REPORTING FROM INDIO, CALIF. — It’s the festival that’s big on nicknames. In 2009, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival became “Paul-chella,” a tribute to rock royalty Paul McCartney who headlined the three-day bash. Irritation spurned the 2010 moniker “Line-chella,” as thousands of party-crashers broke into the festival, causing long waits for the over-capacity event.

This year, an appropriate moniker for the desert festival at the Polo...

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