Coachella Is Planning to Return to the Desert in April 2022 — and YouTube Will Be Streaming It
The huge Californian music festival was last held in 2019.
June 03, 2021
Huge music festivals have largely been on pause over the past 15 months or so, including one of the biggest there is: Coachella. The 2020 event was less than a month out from its April dates when it postponed until October due to COVID-19 — and then, a few months later, it cancelled last year's fest completely. The aim was to return in April 2021 instead; however, unsurprisingly, that didn't happen either. But now the event has announced that it's planning to make a comeback in April 2022.
Mark April 15–17 and April 22–24 in your diaries and, if you'd like to cross your fingers and hope that Australians will be allowed to travel internationally by then, mark Friday, June 4 as well. The latter date is when advanced tickets will go on sale. At the moment, it's expected that the Australian border won't open until mid-2022, so if you are keen to snap up a ticket, you obviously need to factor in the reality that you mightn't be able to use it.
Music lovers will be able to watch along from home, though, with Coachella once again teaming up with YouTube to live-stream the festival. That's no longer such a novelty in these pandemic times, given that streamed live music has been one of the industry's coping mechanisms of late. Splendour in the Grass is even going virtual this July, ahead of its IRL fest in November. Still, given the calibre of Coachella's usual lineup, there'll be plenty of bands tempting your eyeballs.
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No lineup details have been revealed as yet. So, if you're wondering whether 2020's planned headliners — that'd be Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott — will feature next year, there are no answers yet.
In the interim, you can still check out the free YouTube documentary Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, which does an entertaining — albeit highly official, and therefore highly celebratory — job of exploring the fest's origins, growth and success. The doco also includes some killer performance footage, highlighting performers who've graced the Indio stage over the past two decades, such as Jane's Addiction, Bjork, Daft Punk, Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce and Prince, plus Tupac in hologram form.
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