Coachella Photos: Duets, Surprises, New Songs Mark Return Of Desert Fest

April 17, 2022

The second day of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival continues Saturday at the Polo Empire Club with a packed ensemble that will culminate in a performance by Billy Aylish.

Today – which like the weekend airs live on YouTube – included both festival elements and new entrants, a farewell performance and the possibility of unreleased music being channeled for the first time by one of the big stars of hip hop.

Shirtless Justin Bieber and the Harry Styles-second-twin duet were among the highlights of Friday night’s night as the festival drew thousands of fans to the indie area after two years of epidemic cancellations.

Stiles, a longtime fan of the veteran singer, joined Twain to sing her 1999 hit “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” and also introduced two new songs. Bieber appeared during the set of singer and creator Daniel Caesar to perform their lead hit “Peaches”.

Styles made headlines on Friday, which also included performances by Caesar, Princess Nokia, MIKA, Ari Lennox, Anita and Gropo Firma.

Aylish also performed at the festival in 2019. In front of her will appear Megan Tea Stallion, who teased playing an unreleased song during her set, tweeting last week: “I got this song I recorded and every time I play it for a woman they start jumping and clapping. I think I want to perform it in Coachella for the first time Before I really drop it. “

Saturday night features the American hip-hop boy band Brockhampton, which will take the stage for the last time in the Sahara tent. After 12 years together and six studio albums, the group announced earlier this year that Coachella would be their last appearance.

At 51, electronic music pioneer Richie Houtin is set to perform in his seventh in Coachella, closing his day tent on Saturday. Hawtin, who was on Coachella’s first bill in 1999, recently released a remake of his 1998 album “Consumed,” which was released under his musical alter ego Plastikman.

Ye – the rapper formerly known as Kenya West – left his title last week, but The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia were more than willing to come in to fill the void in Sunday’s lineup.

Originally scheduled to join rapper Freddie Gibbs on the Gobi stage on Sunday, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Madlib was also scratched from the band for “personal reasons”, festival officials tweeted on Saturday. Gibbs will now appear in solo.

The entire lineup will repeat itself next weekend.

Indio police spokesman Ben Gitron said there were no significant arrests or traffic incidents during the first day of the festival.

Participants are not required to present proof of vaccination or testing to Corona, and there is no need for masking in an outdoor event. But health officials continue to demand precautions against the spread of the virus, and tests are available at the site and around the Coachella Valley.

This year’s festival also includes an NFT commemorative. Two years ago, NFTs were almost unheard of, but the festival offers all participants a free digital NFT 2022 In Bloom Seed, which can be redeemed via the FTX app with any card bracelet. Once redeemed, the NFT comes with benefits, including a dedicated entry path and limited edition merchandise.

While In Bloom’s NFT seeds bloom into a desert flower, owners can grab one of six rare flowers to give them premium upgrades at the festival, such as a general entrance ticket to the 2023 festival, select merchandise, access to the VIP lounge, Ferris wheel tours. , Goldenvoice Concert Tickets or 2022 VIP Upgrade.

Ticket holders also received welcome news on Thursday when performance dates were set – and Arcade Fire appeared as a surprising addition to the lineup.

The group performed on Friday at 6:45 p.m. in the Mojave tent, packed between Carly Ray Jeffsen and Idles. Their latest album, “Everything Now,” was released five years ago, but the band’s new album is set to be released on May 6 via Columbia Records.

For those who are unable to attend the Coachella, comprehensive performances by Lewis Hild, Tokimonsta, Chami, John Summit and more, are scheduled to perform at events such as The Day Club at The Hilton in Palm Springs this coming weekend.

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