Coachella 2017: Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde Will Be Livestreamed
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If you weren’t able to snatch tickets to this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — taking place in Indio, California, April 14-16 and 21-23 — fear not. You’ll be able to don fringe, flower crowns and other hipsteriffic fashions to watch your favorite artists’ sets from the comfort of your home. For the seventh year in a row, the music festival will be livestreaming on YouTube the festival’s three headliners — Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead — along with several others.
Among the other artists that will be livestreamed: Lorde, Bon Iver, The xx, Future, ScHoolboy Q, Two Door Cinema Club and New Order. Additional artists are expected to be announced later.
Coachella’s YouTube channel will feature three different ‘stations’ throughout the festival, presumably showcasing different stages. Some, as reports Billboard, will even offer those watching 360-degree views of the onstage action. Highlights of Weekend 1’s performances will be available through a video-on-demand hub.
New this year, the festival will offer non-festivalgoers a peek at the underground dance music tent known as Yuma.
Under another new feature, you’ll be able to indicate your favorite artists. This will ensure you get browser alerts when those bands hit the stage and allows you to craft a personalized viewing schedule of the livestreams.
Back in January it was announced that Beyoncé would headline this year’s Coachella, but her pregnancy forced her to back out. (She’ll be back to headline in 2018.) After more than a month of worrying — particularly by Beyoncé fans who had already secured their tickets — many fans rejoiced when it was announced that Queen Bey would be replaced by none other than Gaga’s “Telephone” partner, Lady Gaga.
Coachella was embroiled in controversy earlier this year when it was uncovered that the festival’s owner, Phil Anschutz (also the owner of huge live music conglomerate AEG), donated money to several anti-LGBT hate groups between 2010 and 2013. A rep for Anschutz responded to inquiries by stating, “We have immediately ceased all contributions to such groups.” But then it was uncovered that his foundation’s anti-gay donations actually occurred as late as 2015. (Whoops.)
Following the backlash, Coachella performers were urged to donate their paychecks to LGBTQ groups.