The annual pilgrimage in the California desert is back and headed by Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Kanye West.
It’s been a long hard road back for Coachella. The internationally-respected musical mecca was hit especially hard by the pandemic and was ultimately forced to cancel on three different occasions in the last two years.
The 2020 line-up was to see the return of Rage Against the Machine, along with Frank Ocean and Travis Scott. Covid would scrap those plans in April of 2020, October of 2020, and again in April of 2021. In the time since, the tragedy at Astroworld prompted organizers to go in a different direction, deciding not to bring back Scott.
Rage Against the Machine has since moved on as well, with the only artist set to stick around being Frank Ocean, who is rumored to be on for the 2023 installment. Set to make their triumphant return in 2022, Coachella has unveiled their line up for April and the diversity is at an all time high for the comeback.
Among the festival’s headliners, Harry Styles will top Friday night, Billie Eilish will hold court over the Empire Polo Grounds on Saturday, and closing the first Coachella back since 2019 will be Kanye West – billed officially as Ye.
Among the additional notable artists confirmed for 2022 include the likes of Danny Elfman who was set for 2020 and is now back to unveil the stage spectacle that eventually became a 2021 LP in Big Mess. Run the Jewels will also unleash their brand of verbal gymnastics. IDLES, Denzel Curry, BROCKHAMPTON, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard showcase a broad spectrum of artistry that has become Coachella’s signature.
With respect to the rock, metal and alternative – Coachella has some interesting adds. On Friday night, Amyl and the Sniffers, Mongolian metal sensation The Hu, and Code Orange all hit the stage. Nestled between names like Freddie Gibbs, 100 gecs, Philly-own Mannequin Pussy and Madlib, Turnstile will take on Saturday will what will no doubt be one of the highlights of the weekend. Sunday’s sets will showcase the surf rock stylings of Aussie trio Skegss and the arrival of Italian rock powerhouse, Måneskin.
It is important to note that the organizers of both Coachella and Stagecoach have announced that they will no longer full vaccination for admission. A statement shared via Coachella’s social media read, “After seeing first-hand the low transmission data and successful implementation of safety protocols at our other festivals this past month, we feel confident that we can update our health policy to allow for: Negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event OR proof of full vaccination.”
Coachella returns April 15th-17th and April 22nd-24th to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. See the full line-up below.