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
Justin Bieber rumoured to make surprise appearance
Rumour 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 – 10:55 pm 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 rumour 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 EG Perry15 April 2022 19:31
Coachella organisers 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.
Organisers 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 organisers 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
Coachella 2022: 12 must-see artists, from Billie Eilish to The HU
Coachella makes its big return this year with a colossal lineup of incredible performers.
But with so many great bands on the bill, it’s hard to know where to start. So if you’re in Indio for either weekend, here are the 12 must-see acts, according to The Independent’s Roisin O’Connor.
The HU: Outdoor Theatre on Friday 15 April, 2:55pm – 3:55pm PT
Arlo Parks: Gobi on Saturday 16 April, 4:50pm – 5:35pm PT
Billie Eilish: Coachella Stage on Saturday 16 April 16, 11:30pm – 12:55am PT
Emotional Oranges: Mojave on Sunday 17 April 17, 3:50pm – 4:30pm PT
Rina Sawayama: Gobi on Saturday 16 April 16, 6:00pm – 6:45pm PT
Phoebe Bridgers: Outdoor Theatre on Friday 15 April 15, 9:10pm – 10:10pm PT
Dave: Mojave on Sunday 17 April, 7:15pm – 8:00 pm PT
Hot Chip: Gobi on Saturday 16 April, 10:50pm – 11:35pm PT
Koffee: Coachella Stage on Saturday 16 April, 2:00pm – 2:40pm PT
Måneskin: Mojave on Sunday 17 April, 8:30pm – 9:15pm PT
Omar Apollo: Outdoor Theatre on Friday 15 April, 5:05pm – 5:50pm PT
Rich Brian: Sahara on Saturday 16 April, 9:40pm – 10:25pm PT
Read here for an in-depth breakdown as to why these are the artists you absolutely cannot miss!
Inga Parkel15 April 2022 18:00
Coachella 2022: Set times for all of its Weekend 1 performances
“Happy @coachella set time anxiety day to all who observe,” one person joked on social media.
However, later that day, the event’s big bosses finally unveiled the full schedule.
Find the entire schedule of slated performances for Coachella’s Weekend 1, from Harry Styles’ big desert festival debut on Friday at 11:35pm PT, Billie Eilish’s Saturday performance at 11:30pm PT, Swedish House Mafia with the Weeknd’s closing day performance at 10:20pm PT on Sunday, and all of the artists in between.
A previously unannounced set from the band Arcade Fire also features on the bill, with the group playing at 6:45pm PT on the night of Friday 15 April
Inga Parkel15 April 2022 17:00
Hello and welcome to our Coachella live blog!
Jacob Stolworthy15 April 2022 16:58