Coachella has returned to the California desert after three years, and this year’s highly anticipated music festival has been streamed live on YouTube for everyone to watch, wherever they are. Being able to watch every set, in crystal-clear streaming quality, from the comfort of your home has been an experience like no other, especially with this year’s lineup. Here are some of the highlights from Coachella 2022.
Brockhampton Final Show
In January 2022, fans were devastated when Brockhampton canceled their tour and announced they would be taking an “indefinite hiatus”, and Coachella would be their final performance together. The group gave an incredible last performance with their infectious, carefree energy, and they closed their set with an energetic performance of “Boogie” before saying goodbye to the crowd.
However, they surprised fans with an album announcement at the end of their set when the screens displayed the words “The Final Album”, prompting cheers from the crowd. The album, due out in 2022, will be Brockhampton’s last release as a band. Their final performance was nothing short of bittersweet and memorable for those present (both in the crowd and at home).
Billie Eilish’s surprise guests
Billie Eilish made history as the festival’s youngest headliner at 20. She always puts on a fun and engaging show, and her Coachella set was no different. As far as special guests go, Eilish was full of surprises.
For the first weekend, Khalid joined Eilish on stage to perform their “Lovely” collaboration. Their voices blended together for an emotional and powerful performance. Later in the show, Damon Albarn of the band Gorillaz joined Eilish on stage during her song “Getting Older.” The two were later joined by De La Soul’s Posdnuos to perform “Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz.
During the second weekend, Eilish welcomed Paramore’s Hayley Williams on stage. The two performed “Misery Business,” one of Paramore’s most iconic songs, and Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever.” Their performances were electric, and the collaboration was exciting not only for Paramore fans, but also for Eilish herself.
“Absolutely, what could be cooler than that?” I’m very serious,” Eilish said when Williams left the stage.
Anitta’s High Energy Set
Eilish wasn’t the only one to make Coachella history. Anitta was the very first Brazilian solo artist to perform on the main stage at Coachella, and she put on an incredible show. She kicked off her set with “Onda Diferente”, with Snoop Dogg joining her as a special guest. She also had three iconic outfit changes during her set.
Saweetie also made an appearance during “Faking Love,” and Diplo joined her on stage for a few songs. A show with special guests and vibrant performances by the artist and dancers; What more could you ask for?
The mesmerizing performance of Doja Cat
Doja Cat is a compelling performer, and anyone who went to her set thinking they were just going to see another pop performance was thrilled. A spellbinding choreography, five costume changes and a multi-genre performance make up the singer’s spectacular set.
Rico Nasty was a special guest and the two sang their collaboration “Tia Tamera”. Doja Cat also welcomed Tyga on stage to perform her 2019 song “Juicy.” Doja Cat’s performance was hypnotic, energetic and all-encompassing (hopefully foreshadowing) headlining material.
Iconic Harry Styles Duos
Harry Styles was the headliner of Coachella this year. He performed songs from his first two albums, but also surprised fans by performing two previously unreleased songs from his upcoming album “Harry’s House.”
During the first weekend, Styles surprised fans with Shania Twain as a special guest. The couple sang the iconic “Man! I feel like a woman!” and the slow, fading “You’re Still the One”. Twain is an artist that Styles has always admired, and he took a moment to thank her for not only teaching him that “men are trash,” but for being a big part of his childhood.
“To you, to the memories you gave me with my mother, I will be forever grateful,” Styles said. “I am so grateful that you are with us here tonight. It’s very special for me.
The second weekend also sent fans into a frenzy when Lizzo joined Styles on stage, where the duo gave a theatrical and charming performance of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” Styles then ended his set with a moving rendition of his 6-minute ballad “Sign of the Times.”
The Weeknd x Swedish House Mafia
After Kanye West left Coachella at the last minute, the festival announced The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia would take his place as Sunday’s headliner.
Swedish House Mafia took the stage first for a spooky and energetic performance. They then forwarded it to The Weeknd, who played a voicemail from his ex-girlfriend at the end of “Save Your Tears,” which went viral on social media. Next, Swedish House Mafia joined The Weeknd on stage to perform “Moth to a Flame”. These headliners were the perfect act to close the festival.
It will be interesting to see who will be in the lineup for the 2023 festival, but especially whether the festival will be live-streamed again or not for those of us who can’t make it to the desert.