Coachella 2022 – live: Day 3 of California music festival gets underground

Harry Styles performs at Coachella and surprises fan with Shania Twain cameo

After a two-year absence, Coachella has made its highly anticipated return.

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.

The festival leads the pack when it comes to innovative lineups. Two of its top-billed artists (Harry Styles and Billie Eilish) are under 30, while further down the carefully curated bill you’ll find some of the buzziest new acts around – Koffee, Amyl and the Sniffers, Rina Sawayama – mingling with old school staples such as Spiritualized and The Avalanches.

Find all the updates from this year’s festival below


SG Lewis plays three-hour DJ set

Coachella is always full of surprises. Not content with Billie Eilish’s unannounced Damon Albarn cameo, last night British producer SG Lewis popped up out of nowhere to play an epic three hour disco and house DJ set on the Do LaB stage.

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For a full rundown of the biggest talking points from day two of Coachella, see below.

From mosh pits to shock guest appearances to adverse weather conditions, these are the buzziest moments from Saturday, according to Leonie Cooper, who’s been in the thick of it.

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The biggest act of the night was surely Gen Z pop sensation Billie Eilish.

“During opening track ‘bury a friend’, a woozily pulsating song about a monster under her bed, Eilish immediately heads to the place where she always looks happiest: surrounded by her fans out on a long runway,” Kevin writes, in his four -star review.

“The faces in the crowd light up as she passes, and even when she brings out Georgia-born R&B singer Khalid for their aptly named duet, ‘lovely’, all eyes remain locked on her.

“In the years since she last performed here, Eilish has grown into a polished live act, punchier and somehow more vulnerable than on record.”

Read the full review below.

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Danny Elfman went down better with Kevin EG Perry, with the idiosyncratic film composer providing an interesting departure from usual Coachella fare.

In a four-star review, he writes: “Elfman’s booking was undoubtedly a gamble, but it’s one that pays off many times over.

“He’s an artist with an impressive, varied and well-known back catalogue, but one who’s a long way from typical festival heritage act.”

Read the full review here:

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Leonie Cooper found things to admire in Megan Thee Stallion’s Saturday headline slot, but wasn’t quite convinced by the whole performance.

“For all the set’s powerful seizing of such sensuality, there are moments which don’t quite work,” she wrote in her three-star review. “Sure, it’s great that Megan manages to fit in a fabulous outfit change halfway through the show, returning in a spangly turquoise bodysuit.

“But when you’ve only got 50 minutes, leaving the stage for five of them seems like a waste of time and energy. Especially when Megan leaves her floundering DJ onstage to take the reins, his lackluster hype man duties leaving the crowd confused at best and bored at worst.”

Read the full review here:

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In one of the more amusing stories from day two of the festival, Billie Eilish’s fans were bemused as the welcomed singer Damon Albarn on stage.

When some viewers failing to recognize the Gorillaz frontman, he was mistakenly identified as Eilish’s dad – with some even thinking it was Elton John.

Read the full story here…

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It was a mixed night for Brockhampton fans, who announced that their shows in California would be their “last ever”.

After the band left the stage following their performance, a pre-recorded clip of frontman Kevin Abstract talking to his bandmates flashed up. He has something to tell them, he says in the video.

Fans were devastated by the revelation, with one writing: “I listened to nothing but Brockhampton for like four years straight, I can’t believe they’re really leaving us like this.”

Read the full story here…

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Chinese superstar Jackson Wang made a surprise appearance yesterday, becoming the first Chinese singer to perform on Coachella’s main stage.

The Independent’s Leonie Cooper caught Jackson’s performance at LA-based record label 88rising’s showcase of musical talent from Asia.

“A mini version of 88rising’s own hugely successful Head in the Clouds festival, it’s the perfect potted variety show – with spots from Thai rapper Milli, South Korean singer songwriter Bibi and Jakarta-born Taylor Swift co-signed singer Niki as well as Indonesian rappers Rich Brian and Warren Hue,” she reported.

Read the full story here…

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In case anyone needs a refresher – here’s how to watch Coachella if you’re one of the many who wasn’t lucky enough to attend in person.

(If you were lucky enough…what on earth are you doing reading this?)

The whole thing is live streamed on YouTube, giving music fans half a world away the chance to see some of these big acts perform remotely.

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A lighthearted moment from the second night of the festival…

After joining Billie Eilish on stage for a rendition of her song “Getting Older”, Blur’s Damon Albarn appears to sing the wrong lyrics.

It was a little snafu that didn’t escape the attention of viewers, though judging by Eilish’s reaction the singer saw the funny side.

You can watch the clip here…

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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