After two years of disappointing cancellations, it’s confirmed: Coachella 2022 is officially happening.
The music and arts festival, one of the most famous not only in America but across the globe, will return after two years of hibernation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our desert homecoming is officially set for April 2022: weekend one will take place on April 15-17, 2022 and weekend two on April 22-24, 2022,” the announcement says. “Our advance sale begins this Friday, June 4th at 10am PT. More time to plan and more time to pay for your passes over time with our flexible payment plan options. Information about flexible payment plans and more at coachella.com.”
The announcement did not come with a line-up, which should be released in the coming weeks. 2020’s scheduled lineup was set to feature Rage Against the Machine, Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Run the Jewels, Rex Orange County, Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion, Brockhampton, Thome Yorke, Lana Del Rey, and more. It’s uncertain which of those artists, if any, will appear on the 2022 bill.
The first Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival took place in October 1999, but was largely overshadowed by Woodstock ’99. Even back then, however, the lineup was a juggernaut: Beck, Rage Against the Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Morrissey, and Tool all were part of the inaugural festivities.
The festival has only grown since then, expanding to a two-week format in 2012. Pretty much every major musician has performed at the gathering, from Beyonce’s historic 2018 performance to N.W.A.’s reunion in 2016 to Daft Punk’s legendary comeback show in 2006. Artists don’t even have to be alive to participate: a hologram of Tupac Shakur infamously made an appearance during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s 2012 headlining gig.
Largely considered to be the preeminent festival of the year, Coachella returning is a sign that large scale music festivals will be back in full force sooner rather than later.