Every spring music lovers, pop stars and a gaggle of influencers flock to the Californian desert for one of the most famous music festivals in the world – Coachella.
As one of the earliest music festivals in the season, Coachella has been wiped out by COVID for two years running. With Rage Against The Machine set to make their long-awaited comeback in 2020 – complete with Zach de la Rocha behind the mic – fans have been waiting to see how the lineup would change and to hear when they could finally get back under the blinding desert sun.
Thankfully, the answers are not that much and quite soon! Here’s everything we know about Coachella 2022.
When will Coachella 2022 take place?
15-24 April 2022. Coachella takes place across two weekends in April. The first is typically more popular as all the sets are seen for the first time.
Where is Coachella held?
Coachella takes place 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 going on than Indio itself. There is also camping on site – regular camping and Lake Eldorado, the glamping area, but be warned, it gets mighty hot.
Who is headlining Coachella 2022?
Rage Against The Machine and Travis Scott have been confirmed to headline in 2022. They were originally down to headline 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 that Frank would be back topping the bill for 2023, instead of next year. That leaves one slot free. Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and maybe even Cardi B or Rihanna will have new albums by the time Coachella comes around. Could they fill the empty slot? Is it Megan Thee Stallion’s time to shine, given that huge Lollapalooza crowd? Will Lana Del Rey – already on the bill – get bumped up, given she will have released three new albums since the last festival?
What about the rest of the Coachella lineup for 2022?
We are yet to have a full lineup but we 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 I can to artists and to the fans to make sure that eventually, they get to see everyone that we talked about.”
This suggests his first port of call is to try and rebook most people on the 2020 bill. He acknowledged that artists such as Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion – who have seen huge chart success since 2019, when the bill was announced – will be bumped up in position. “It’s a whole different conversation,” Tollett says, “different stage, different timing.”
Something to note is Coachella’s quite strict radius clause which prevents artists set to appear at Coachella from performing at other venues within North America between December 15 to May 1, unless the event is through AEG and Goldenvoice. After eighteen months with zero touring revenue, this might put some originally-booked artists off from signing up for 2022. But here is how the lineup looked as of 2020. We can bet DaBaby will be struck off.
Is Coachella 2022 sold-out?
Yes, ‘fraid so. But there is a waitlist for Coachella tickets where you can request passes. You can assume a lot of the people who bought tickets for 2020 may not be able to go and will return their ticket so it’s worth registering.
How much is a Coachella ticket?
There are different passes available. The most basic general access three-day ticket for the 2022 festival is $619. If you also want a shuttle ticket to drop you off at a local hotel, the total is $639. And a VIP ticket is $1229.
If you want to camp and have a car, you and your vehicle can get a preferred spot near the venue for $309 or one slightly further out for $179. If you are without a car, a spot for your tent is $169.
There’s also a glamping area called Lake Eldorado which has a combo of pre-pitched tent and small wooden huts to sleep in. Prices for Lake Eldorado (including festival tickets) range from £1239 for a general access ticket and ‘Lodge’ up to £1512 for a tent and VIP pass. This is based on 2-4 people sharing, so Lake Eldorado is most affordable with friends.
Do I need to be vaccinated to attend Coachella?
Yes. Coachella Promoters AEG have announced that double vaccination status will be mandatory for all ticketholders attending their events – including Coachella – from October 1 2021.
Is Coachella fun?
Coachella is fun, yes, mainly because of the calibre of artists booked. The site itself isn’t that big – for anyone who has been to Glastonbury, it pales in comparison. Alcohol is served in designated drinking areas away from the stages so this does differ from British festivals in that you can’t park up with a pint and watch the live music. From experience – and because it’s legal in California – many people tend to opt for smoking weed instead although Goldenvoice do say that’s against their policy.
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