Coachella. It’s a music festival, yes — the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be precise — but it’s more than that.
The annual festival put on by mega-promoter Goldenvoice each spring at the Empire Polo Fields in Southern California is an institution, a getaway, a retreat from the “everyday” and an escape to a world of pulsating DJ beats, immersive art exhibits and music performances that span genres, styles and decades.
This year’s festival is being headlined by Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean, among other big-name “gets,” and with passes going on sale this week the festival announced another project: An official documentary that will premiere on March 31, mere weeks before Coachella 2020 on April 10-12 and 17-19.
Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert aims to tell the story of the mega-fest as it wants it told, and a short teaser hit YouTube on Monday:
The synopsis reads like this:
A documentary feature two decades in the making, “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert” opens up the vault for the very first time to present the performances and behind-the-scenes stories that shaped the music festival. The film gives a rare look at Coachella’s colorful beginning, presents exclusive, never-before-seen footage, interviews, and features key performances from some of the biggest names in music, including Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Travis Scott, BLACKPINK, LCD Soundsystem, Rage Against The Machine, Pixies, Swedish House Mafia, Jane’s Addiction, Björk, The White Stripes, Madonna, Moby, Beck, Radiohead and more.
There was a Coachella documentary produced in 2006, but this new one looks to be an all-encompassing story of what’s gone into making it the industry leader that it’s become — stretched into two weekends every year due to its overwhelming popularity.
For more on Coachella, visit the festival’s official site.