The Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival is a cultural phenomenon. Everybody knows about it. It doesn’t matter if you’ve gone every year since 1999 or have never gone — and might never go, if that’s your perspective. The point is, you know what it is.
It’s an institution.
Coachella’s promoter, Goldenvoice, had to reschedule this year’s Coachella festivals, from April 10-12 and 17-19 to October due to the coronavirus pandemic, part of the overwhelming upheaval of everything we’ve come to know as “normal” in these confusing times.
In the absence of Coachella these two upcoming weekends in April, and as a means of giving the masses something to celebrate and enjoy for a few hours while confined to their homes in an effort to exercise social distancing, the official Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert documentary film will premiere on YouTube on Friday, April 10 — which would have been the first day of the originally scheduled festival.
The stream begins at 12:00 p.m. PDT:
Here’s a trailer:
As of now, the rescheduled dates are set for October 9, 10 and 11 and October 16, 17 and 18, 2020, per the festival’s original announcement.
— Coachella (@coachella) March 10, 2020
The original 2020 Coachella lineup boasted a layered mix of acts from all across the musical spectrum, with a number of notable up-and-comers on the smaller lines, underneath headliners like Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Rage Against the Machine and Lana Rey.
At this point, given the uncertainty of everything, it’s unclear whether the rescheduled events in October will feature the exact same lineup, but here’s hoping it comes close either way.