Watch the New ‘Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert’ Documentary Film Chronicling Mega-Fest’s Rise to Cultural Landmark


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Today, April 10, was supposed to be the first day of the 2020 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, but the coronavirus pandemic forced Goldenvoice to reschedule this year’s event to October (barring any additional changes as current events dictate).

In the absence of the actual festival, Goldenvoice decided to premiere the Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert documentary film today — as a means of still keeping the Coachella spirit alive, so to speak.

The film premiered on Friday afternoon and is now available to stream on demand via YouTube. It’s a well-crafted, almost two-hour film chronicling the rise of Goldenvoice, the music festival culture of the 1990s that spawned the first Coachella in 1999 and many other factors that went into the empire put together by Paul Tollett and his team.

The doc touches on a number of elements that have made it what it is today — including key festival performances that elevated the festival to new heights, including iconic appearances from Daft Punk, Rage Against the Machine, Jay-Z, Beyonce, the Tupac Shakur hologram that was part of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s set in 2012, Prince (and an amusing story from Tollett about how that came about) and more.

Watch the documentary below:

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.


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