Sometimes, enjoying the music festival experience involves gumboots, picking the best outfit with the most pockets and dancing in huge crowds. At other times, it spans making shapes at home while pretending you’re at the real thing. Yes, the latter has become familiar during the pandemic, but it’s also been a way to live the Coachella life without heading to Indio, California for a decade now. And, with the fest returning in 2022, so is its YouTube livestream.
Boasting a lineup headlined by Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd — as announced back in January, albeit with the latter pair now taking over Ye’s slot — Coachella is finally back for its first fest since 2019. It’ll unleash its impressive bill over the weekends of April 15–17 and April 22–24, which is Saturday, April 16–Monday, April 18 and Saturday, April 23–Monday, April 25 Down Under. So, if you haven’t been fortunate enough to make the trip to America, that’s your long weekend sorted for two weeks in a row.
Wondering who to watch when? Coachella has just dropped its setlists if you’re wondering which acts will be hitting the livestream on which days. Styles headlines the first day, Eilish does the second and Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd are now leading the charge on the third — on both weekends.
And, they’re joined by a bonafide metric fucktonne of squealworthy acts, including Australia’s own Flume, The Avalanches and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, plus Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Jamie xx, Run the Jewels, Fatboy Slim, Finneas and Joji, just to name a few. Also, when it dropped its set times overnight, Coachella just casually added Arcade Fire to the lineup.
Of course, livestream music fests is no longer a novelty in these pandemic times but, given the calibre of Coachella’s roster, it’s still a mighty fine way to spend a weekend or two. And, YouTube will be adding live chats and artist interviews, aka the kinds of experiences that you wouldn’t get if you were at the fest IRL.
Coachella’s return is a ‘nature is healing’ moment for the music industry, after a tough few years for festivals in general — and this one in particular. Coachella’s 2020 event was postponed less than a month out, and later cancelled completely. And, plans to make a comeback in 2021 unsurprisingly didn’t happen either.
Coachella runs from April 15–17 and April 22–24 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. To watch the livestream, head to YouTube from 9am AEST / 11am NZST on Saturday, April 16.
Top image: Roger Ho.
Published on April 15, 2022 by Sarah Ward