Billie Eilish and Harry Styles headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. This festival is a sign that the music industry is making positive steps towards the return to festivals and touring in 2022.
Coachella will return to its regular two-weekend format at the Empire Polo Club Indio, Calif. on April 15-17 and 22-24 after being halted for two years by the pandemic. The festival announced its complete 2022 lineup on Wednesday after weeks of speculation. (West is featured on the official festival poster(Also known as Ye.)
The event is expected run at full capacity with up to 125,000 people per day.
Coachella has long been the country’s most influential festival, hosting viral moments like Tupac Shakur’s hologram in 2012 and Beyoncé’s 2018 tribute to the marching bands of historically Black colleges and universities.
It is usually the first festival to announce its lineup every year, bringing in the touring season. But this week Coachella was scooped by the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., which on Tuesday said that it would return in June with Tool, J. Cole, Stevie Nicks, the Chicks, Machine Gun Kelly, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and others.
Coachella was one of entertainment’s first major casualties of the coronavirus. Its 2020 edition — which was to have featured Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean — was shut down by health officials on March 10 of that year, two days before Broadway and the concert business at large went dark.
Goldenvoice, who promotes Coachella in partnership to the corporate concert giant AEG presentss, had hoped that the festival would be back in fall 2021 and spring 2021. However, each time the pandemic compelled the plans to be rescheduled. Bonnaroo, which is presented by Live Nation, AEG’s corporate rival, had scheduled a full-scale return last September, but it was canceled after heavy rains flooded the festival grounds.
About half of the ticket holders to Coachella’s 2020 edition requested refunds, Paul Tollett, one of the festival’s founders, said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times in August. Tickets are $449 and higher, excluding fees.
Despite a slew of recent cancellations related to the coronavirus, like Dead & Company’s Playing in the Sand festival in Cancún, Mexico, the music world is viewing Coachella with hope as a bellwether for the full-throttle return of the multibillion-dollar touring industry. This year, major tours are planned by Dua Lipa and the Weeknd, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bon Jovi, and Bon Jovi.
Goldenvoice had stated that it was hoping to bring back all of the 2020 headliners last summer. But while Rage Against the Machine has an extensive tour planned this year — with five dates booked at Madison Square Garden in August — it is not playing Coachella. In 2023, Ocean will be returning to Coachella.
And since the disaster at Scott’s Astroworld festival in Houston in November that left 10 people dead, the rapper has largely withdrawn from public appearances, canceling his performance as a headliner at the Day N Vegas festival, which is also presented by Goldenvoice.
Source: NY Times