Faces of Coachella 2011

As tens of thousands of music lovers descended on the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this weekend, Los Angeles Times photographer Brian van der Brug roamed the vast fields of the Empire Polo Club searching for the most interesting characters for our annual “Faces of Coachella” portrait gallery. A larger collection of images from this year’s festival, including many of the performers, is available here.

You can also check out the scene virtually via these 360° panoramas.

Full coverage, updated throughout the day by our team of reporters in the California desert town of Indio, is available at Pop & Hiss, The Times’ music blog.