Ariana Grande brings out NSYNC during Coachella performance
Following a three-year interruption, Coachella finally makes its highly-anticipated return today (15 April).
Located in Indio, California, the desert festival has gained popularity over the years for its glitzy Instagram-worthy dress code and major celebrity guest sightings.
Before the pandemic shut down large-scale music events, Coachella’s 2019 top-billed performers covered the musical spectrum with Childish Gambino’s hip-hop, Ariana Grande’s pop, and Tame Impala’s alternative indie.
The biggest names in music will perform over the next two weekends. The star-studded headliners for this year’s event include Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Swedish House Mafia, with The Weeknd stepping in to replace Kanye West who pulled out last minute.
Find all the updates from Coachella as it happens below
Billie Eilish makes an early appearance at Coachella 2022
=Loos at Soho Desert House full of Billie Eilish fragrance! Smell like a headliner!
leonie cooper15 April 2022 23:09
Coachella’s 23 Greatest Headline Performances
The desert festival has invited incredible artists to headline the weekend, but not every performance was created equal. Here are the most memorable performances from each year, according to The Independent’s Kevin EG Perry.
Rage Against The Machine get things off to an explosive start – 1999
Jane’s Addiction reunion – 2001
Iggy and the Stooges, back together at last – 2003
Wayne Coyne crowdsurfs in a bubble – 2004
New Order honor Ian Curtis – 2005
Daft Punk’s game-changing pyramid – 2006
Amy Winehouse define an era – 2007
Morrissey storms offstage after smelling “burning flesh” – 2009
Phoenix survive a volcano – 2010
Kanye touches the sky – 2011
The resurrection of tupac – 2012
Fall Out Boy make surprise cameo during 2 Chainz set – 2013
Nas celebrates Ilmatic with Jay-Z and Diddy – 2014
Madonna snogs Drake – 2015
Axl Rose and Slash bury the hatchet – 2016
Lady Gaga tops the bill, and a movie star is born – 2017
Beyonce (and her marching band) conquers Beychella – 2018
Kanye takes Coachella to church – 2019
Read more here about what made these performances stand out from the rest.
Inga Parkel15 April 2022 22:55
Dropping some fun Coachella knowledge
Did you know Coachella only made its inception into the world of festivals in 1999? However, due to its Southern California locale, a drought brought the festival to a pause in 2000.
It wasn’t until 2007, in an effort to compete with Lollapalooza’s recent expansion from a two-day event to three days, that the Coachella festival mimicked the extension.
The following year in 2008, Prince was added to the list of headliners after ticket sales slumped to a record low with its initial lineup of Roger Waters and Jack Johnson.
Read here for more fun facts about the festival’s history, including every single headline act throughout its 23 years.
Inga Parkel15 April 2022 22:40
Bag policy, lockers, and everything else you need to know
There’s a lot to remember going into the three-day weekend, but here are just a few key things to know beforehand to make your experience go as smooth as possible.
You may bring backpacks, purses, handbags, totes, and fanny packs into the venue. They must not be bigger than 20” tall, 15” wide, and 9” thick when fully packed.
Lockers are available to rent, but it’s recommended you reserve one online beforehand, as there is a limited supply. They are located in the venue and are accessible during show hours from Friday to Sunday. Combo locks must be returned by 1am on Monday.
What time does the festival end?
According to the official website, the festival will conclude in the evenings around 1am on Friday and Saturday and 12am on Sunday.
Read here for a more extensive breakdown on the important things you need to know.
Inga Parkel15 April 2022 22:25
Justin Bieber rumored to make surprise appearance
Rumor has it that Justin Bieber will reportedly make a surprise Coachella appearance during Daniel Caesar’s set, scheduled on Friday 15 April from 10:10pm – 10:55pm PT.
The Canadian singer’s chart-topping song “Peaches,” features Caesar, along with Giveon.
According to TMZ, production sources revealed that Bieber will join Caesar to perform their 2021 hit song. It’s unknown if Giveon will also join the duo.
Inga Parkel15 April 2022 21:52
Will Ed Sheeran join Lil Baby for a surprise collaboration?
Lil Baby has set the Coachella rumor mill ablaze by tweeting his name alongside Ed Sheeran’s and a rocket ship emoji.
Could that mean a collaboration on the Coachella stage tonight? Only time will tell!
Kevin E. G. Perry15 April 2022 20:52
How to access Coachella’s live stream
If you weren’t able to nab a wristband for the weekend, fear not. For the tenth year, fans can still access Coachella’s YouTube live stream via phone, desktop, smart TV, and the YouTube music app.
Weekend one’s live stream begins at 4pm PT/ 7pm ET on Friday 15 April and runs until the evening of Monday 18 April.
There will be three different channels available to choose from of varying performances happening simultaneously.
For more information regarding the live programming read here.
Inga Parkel15 April 2022 20:27
Billboards along the road to Coachella
Over the past few years, the road to Coachella has become a place for artists to get the hype train rolling with flashy billboards advertising their festival slots. This year’s most fabulous comes from silky R&B singer Omar Apollo.
Kevin E. G. Perry15 April 2022 19:45
Stay hydrated in the blistering heat!
The first challenge for many Coachella attendees is braving the blistering heat while waiting in line to collect their wristbands. Hope everyone’s staying hydrated!
Kevin E. G. Perry15 April 2022 19:31
Coachella organizers ease Covid-19 restrictions for this year’s festival
Coachella attendees will not be required to present Covid vaccination certificates, negative tests, or wear face masks at the festival this year. However, there will be on-site Covid testing tents.
Organizers said lifting these restrictions was in compliance with California state health guidelines, adding that they could be reinstated in view of changing public health conditions.
This could mean “changes to capacity, attendance procedures and entry requirements”, according to a statement posted on the official Coachella website.
Though organizers have recommended face coverings to protect against desert dust.
Read more here for any additional information regarding Coachella’s Covid protocols.
Inga Parkel15 April 2022 19:00