Scheduled headliners for 2020 included Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean, along with Lana Del Rey, Calvin Harris, Run the Jewels, Lil Uzi Vert, Rex Orange County, Megan Thee Stallion, BIGBANG, Flume, Thom Yorke, Disclosure, 21 Savage, Danny Elfman, DaBaby, Summer Walker, Daniel Caesar, FKA Twigs, Marina, Louis the Child, Ari Lennox and many more. The lineup for this edition of the festival never took place, but was sharply criticized for its low number of female artists.
With the new dates, Coachella, which takes place over two weekends at the Empire Polo Ground in Indio, California, has been postponed for the fourth time due to the pandemic: first from April to October 2020, then to April 2021 and then October , although the October dates have not been officially confirmed by organizers. Coachella regularly sells out its 125,000 daily tickets immediately.
Guide to the Coachella Festival 2022
After a two-year hiatus, Coachella 2022 will make its triumphant return. The indie music festival usually marks one of the earliest live music weekends in the entire country (and maybe we’re a little biased, but we’d say its lineup also trumps almost every other music festival). There’s still a long way to go until the 2022 edition, so hold tight until we preview the best bands and the best food and drink between sets (spoiler: food from some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles) along with summarizing which special guest showed off what everyone was wearing. But until then, here’s what you need to know.
What is Coachella?
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music festival held over two weekends in Indio, east of Palm Springs.
When is Coachella?
The festival takes place over two weekends, April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022.
Wait… what about Coachella 2021?
Coachella was set for April 2020, then moved to October, then again to April 2021… and then finally(?) to April 2022, so unfortunately there is no 2021 event.
When will Coachella tickets go on sale?
On Friday, June 4, at 10 a.m., registration opens for the presale. It sold out (and quickly). Look for the full lineup and any remaining tickets to go on sale in January 2022.
How much do Coachella tickets cost?
We hope you’ve saved over the past two years (all prices below are before fees): general admission tickets cost between $449 and $499, depending on when you buy them. Shuttle combo tickets are $533. For VIP, it’s $929 to $1,049 USD. Check out the Coachella website for a wide range of camping prices.
What will the Coachella lineup look like?
Your guess is as good as ours at this point. Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott have been announced to headline the 2020 lineup, and they’ll be broadcasting to the 2022 fest, with a third headliner yet to be named. Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat are also still in the lineup, but we don’t really know about the rest. Frank Ocean, however, has been pushed back to 2023. Be on the lookout in January for the full lineup.
WHERE IS COACHELLA HELD?
Coachella is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California – a small town in the Coachella Valley of the Colorado desert. It’s about a three-hour drive from Los Angeles. Most people stay in nearby Palm Springs, which has an airport, lots of hotels and a bit more than Indio itself. There’s also camping on site – regular camping and Lake Eldorado, the glamping area, but be warned, it gets mighty hot.
WHO’S HEADLINING COACHELLA 2022?
Rage Against The Machine and Travis Scott have been confirmed as 2022 headliners. They originally headlined in 2020 before the pandemic forced the festival to cancel. Frank Ocean was the third headliner for 2020, but festival co-founder Paul Tollett confirmed Frank would be back at the top of the bill for 2023, not next year. That leaves one slot open. Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and maybe even Cardi B or Rihanna will have new albums by the time Coachella rolls around. Could they fill the empty slot? Is it Megan Thee Stallion’s time to shine in the face of the massive Lollapalooza crowd? Is Lana Del Rey – already on the bill – getting hyped up, having released three new albums since the last festival?
WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE COACHELLA LINEUP FOR 2022?
We don’t have a full lineup yet, but we do have some hints. In an interview with the LA Times, Paul Tollett said, “Right now it’s the Wild West,” he says. “I’m just trying to be as fair as possible to artists and fans to make sure they eventually see everyone we’ve talked about.”
This suggests that his first port of call is to rebook most people on the 2020 bill. He acknowledged that artists like Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion – who have enjoyed major chart success since 2019, when the bill was announced – would be positioned. “It’s a very different conversation,” Tollett says, “different stage, different timing.”
One thing to note is Coachella’s fairly strict radius clause, which prevents artists performing at Coachella from performing at other venues in North America between Dec. 15 and May 1, unless the event is through AEG and Goldenvoice. After eighteen months of no touring revenue, this could keep some originally booked artists from signing on for 2022. But here’s what the lineup looked like from 2020. We can bet that DaBaby will be cancelled.