After a two-year absence, Coachella has made its highly anticipated return.
Located in Indio, California, the desert festival has gained popularity over the years for its glitzy Instagram-worthy dress code and major celebrity guest sightings.
The festival is set to start up again for its second weekend on 22 April, following a lively first three days a week ago.
Day three of the festival proved to be a memorable closer to the first weekend, with south London rapper Dave delighting fans when he invited a fan on stage to perform his 2016 hit single “Thiago Silva”. Hours later it emerged that the teenager – nicknamed “Spike from London” – was the son of Notting Hill director Richard Curtis.
Elsewhere, The Weeknd sparked speculation when he played a voicenote, which many fans believe to be his ex-girlfriend and model Bella Hadid, during his headliner with Swedish House Mafia. A source close to the musician has denied that it was Hadid.
The events of day three followed a jam-packed Saturday (16 April) that featured sets from composer Danny Elfman, the oldest artist performing at this year’s youth-focused Coachella by some margin, and a farewell show from Brockhampton.
Billie Eilish-mania swept the site ahead of her performance on Saturday 16 April, following fellow headliner Harry Styles’s show on the first night, which included a surprise appearance from the queen of country herself, Shania Twain.
Billie Eilish watches Harry Styles with fans
Billie Eilish snuck into the crowd to watch Harry Styles perform on Friday night, where she was spotted by a number of fans.
The “Happier Than Ever” singer will headline Satuday night’s show.
Isobel Lewis23 April 2022 09:30
Finishing off his Friday night headline slot with a performance of “Sign of the Times”, Harry Styles appeared beneath the blue and yellow colours of the Ukraine flag.
Isobel Lewis23 April 2022 08:57
Harry Styles brings out Lizzo as his weekend two guest
After wowing the crowds at Coachella weekend one by collaborating with music legend Shania Twain, Harry Styles’s second performance had a lot to live out to.
Luckily, the British pop star – wearing a pink glittery cowboy-inspired outfit – had an equally impressive guest in the form of Lizzo.
The pair, who have previously collaborated on stage, performed Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”.
They both sported matching pink fur coats (of course).
Isobel Lewis23 April 2022 08:52
One more time, for those at the back (or who can’t be bothered to scroll back through to last weekend’s blog posts) – here’s how to watch the Coachella live stream.
Louis Chilton23 April 2022 07:30
Doja Cat’s set last weekend got the full five stars from Leonie Cooper.
Was this the best show of the whole festival? Quite possibly.
Louis Chilton23 April 2022 06:00
Earlier this week, US police officials said they arrested 112 Coachella attendees over the first weekend of the music festival, which began last Friday (15 April).
According to police, the number of arrests in 2022 rose by 13 per cent, in comparison with Coachella’s 2019 edition.
Per official figures, 112 festival-goers were arrested for drug and alcohol-related charges, as well as property crimes and false identification.
Louis Chilton23 April 2022 04:30
The identity of the woman featured in a voice recording played during The Weeknd’s Coachella set last week has been revealed.
Some speculated that the voice in the message belonged to his ex-girlfriend, model Bella Hadid, who dated the Canadian musician from 2015 to 2019.
However, social media users have now matched the message to a previously released Weeknd song, and not a personal message from Hadid.
Louis Chilton23 April 2022 03:00
Danny Elfman’s set may have won over our reviewer, but it seems that some people thought it was a little too “weird”.
The Simpsons composer subsequently addressed the furore around his set, admitting in an interview that he had a “lot of mental hesitation” over it.
Louis Chilton23 April 2022 01:30
We’ve seen a number of artists debut new music at the festival – here’s a rundown of all the previously unheard tracks that have graced the ears of attendees.
Louis Chilton23 April 2022 00:00
Hello, and welcome back to the Coachella live blog, as we prepare for the second weekend of the California music festival.
As a refresher, here’s a rundown of the biggest talking points from Day 3 of the festival last Sunday…
Louis Chilton22 April 2022 22:32