Coachella is back with a bang with phenomenal weekends of eclectic world music [Videos]

Aside from airline passengers triumphantly removing their masks mid-flight, perhaps no moment has signified the “end” of the COVID-19 pandemic (in America, anyway) than the return of Coachella this April. As one of the first cultural casualties of the lockdown in 2020, the annual music and arts festival in Indio, California has suffered its fair share of losses in the three years between stays at the Empire Polo Club.

Finished the three headliners initially planned from 2020: Rage against the machine, Franck Ocean and Travis Scott-the latter due, in part, to disastrous exposure to its Astromonde Festival in Houston which resulted in the death of several fans.

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Also absent is a slew of flashy undercards, calvin harris, Thomas Yorke and Lana Del Reyfor FKA twigs, Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Nas X. Without speaking about youlate start from , after originally being announced as the headliner for the 2022 edition.

But these changes, unfortunate as they were, opened up plenty of opportunities for other artists to shine. Without a second RATM meeting at Coachella, Harry Styles slammed in its own direction in front of thousands of pop-happy fans on the main stage, while those still looking for angsty, heavy-metal vibes got their fill of King Gizzard and the Magician Lizard to open air theater. The tastes of Model Pussy, Amyl and the sniffers, Jhe regret, Slow motionand Turnstile have also done their part to keep rock alive through live guitar.

Harry Styles & Shania Twain – “Dude! I feel like a woman” – Live At Coachella 2022

For those who flocked to the desert for hip hop, big-seanthe virtuoso performance of Sahara scene – featuring trippy backdrops of changing neighborhoods and scenes from his Detroit past, plus an appearance from longtime friend and fellow Michigander Mike Posner– more than made up for whatever Travis Scott and Ye could have brought to the table.

And that’s to say nothing of BROCKHAMPTONfinal performance or 21 Wild closure of the Sahara on Saturday, much less Baby Keem to bring out Kendrick Lamar on this same stage or Run the Jewels bringing the noise and funk like they always do.

Run The Jewels – “Oh La La” – Live at Coachella 2022

Indeed, the art of the cameo – for which Coachella became so famous – was alive and well. Emo Night took full advantage of it, elevating their 2000s-themed LA club night to world-renowned music festival status with guest appearances from daddy cockroachit is Jacoby Shaddix, Hello Goodbyeit is Forrest Klin, 3OH!3 and Tom Higgenson of Plain white t-shirts.

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Emo Nite is part of a long and storied tradition of Southern California actors coming of age on a Coachella stage, and wasn’t the only one to do so this year. chicano batman brought Latin psych-rock from Los Angeles to San Bernardino County. Beyond Kendrick, Compton came in force, thanks to Steve Lacythe scintillating Saturday set as well as Vince Staples join nozzleone day on the main stage and focusing on Sahara the following. Doja Cat became the latest “Valley Girl” to bring her born 818 number to Coachella, with an all-star set on the main stage, no less.

Chicano Batman – “Magma” – Live at Coachella 2022

Canal Ft. Caroline Polachek – “Mermaids” – Live at Coachella 2022

Doja Cat – “Woman” – Live at Coachella 2022

Billie Eilish and his brother, FINISHED– both natives of Los Angeles – had hardly needed the brilliance of Coachella to validate their own meteoric rises, alone and in tandem. Nevertheless, Billie bringing out Paramoreit is Hayley Williams helped her bridge the gap between Millennials and Gen Z.

Billie Eilish – “Overheated” – Live at Coachella 2022

FINNEAS – “Nude” – Live at Coachella 2022

What Coachella does better than any festival (this side of Glastonbury, anyway) is attract the musical panoply of the world to one destination. This year’s edition was certainly no exception. From K-pop and Aussie rock to British beats and hot chip and Jaime XXfrom Canada Carly Rae Jepsen to the brilliant overall performance of the Belgian-Rwandan singer-rapper Stromaeno corner of the globe has been spared.

Jamie XX – “I Don’t Know” – Live at Coachella 2022

Stromae – “Undefeated” – Live at Coachella 2022

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And if someone did, Swedish house mafia have done their part to fill the gaps, with The weekend in support, to close the festival.

Truth be told, Coachella was no worse after a three-year absence. The polo fields were bursting with as much beauty and shimmering with as much light and energy as ever before. The Ferris wheel was turning, the colored tower was shining, the DoLab bounced and palms swayed in perfect weather over weekend 2.

What has changed, more than anything, even the programming, is the attitude of gratitude that everyone brought to this year’s edition. If ever Coachella fans, devotees, artists and organizers had taken this mega-festival for granted, the absences of 2020 and 2021 had surely filled all involved hearts with an appreciation for the great wonderland that was born. of what was once a picturesque oasis of sound and spirit.