Questions and answers Coachella 2022 attendees should know

Coachella 2022 is set to make its highly anticipated return to the music scene after a two-festival hiatus.

Coming in April, the popular independent festival marks one of the premier weekends of live music in the United States

As the 2022 edition approaches, the imminent onslaught of three-day live bands and artists may leave some wondering how best to prepare for the festival.

Fortunately, Newsweek has compiled a helpful guide on what you need to know about Coachella 2022.

Friends dancing at Coachella. Fixed times are usually published the week of the festival
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Coachella 2022: the basics

The 2022 festival takes place over two weekends, April 15-17 and April 22-24, at California’s Empire Polo Club.

Tickets for both weekends of Coachella are already sold out, as 2020 tickets are honored alongside a remaining batch that went on sale in 2021.

Former British One Direction star Harry Styles, American singer-songwriter prodigy Billie Eilish and critically acclaimed R&B artist The Weeknd are set to headline this year’s lineup.

Also expect additional performances from Lil Baby, Phoebe Bridgers, Flume, Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, 21 Savage, Doja Cat, Jamie xx and Run the Jewels, among many other artists.

A hipster at Coachella
A hipster attending Coachella. In recent years, the music festival has held seven major stages
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Everything you need to know about Coachella

Coachella veteran Steve Lilly, 44, thinks those lucky enough to have a ticket will be spoiled for choice at the music festival.

He said Newsweek“A lot of people focus on the three headliners, but there’s music on about six stages day and night.

“Some of my favorite performances have been in the Mojave in my 15 years there.

“Bands that could have or would have been headlining all the festivals in Europe ended up there in the United States.

“Or you could catch up with a huge newcomer next year. Coachella is great at finding those bands/artists on the verge of stardom.

“I usually pick a few must-haves for the weekend, but once there, that can quickly go out the window.

“Just walking around taking it all in is the way to do it, if you hear something that piques your interest, walk in and check it out.”

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Harry Styles will headline Coachella on Friday April 15 and 22. You can celebrate Couchella again this year with the official Coachella livestream via YouTube
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What to wear for Coachella?

While Coachella is synonymous with hipsters, celebrities and Instagram influencers, Santa Barbara native Lilly recommends always choosing “comfort over style.”

He said: “If you buy new shoes, break them in as soon as possible, not on the fields. But I’m a guy, jeans a t-shirt and I’m fine.

“Always check the weather before. Bring something warmer for the nights as it gets cold quickly once the sun goes down.

“One sweatshirt is usually enough. I’ll never forget Coachella 2012 which turned into Coldchella. All those kids coming in in bathing suits etc and then suddenly it rained, windy.

“They sold out merchandising sweatshirts within hours, they had to rush to print more for the rest of the weekend. Girls were pulling clean trash bags out of cans to use as ponchos, it was quite a show haha.”

Her Coachella acquaintance Grant Manczuk, 26, agrees, adding, “Wear comfortable shoes.”

He said Newsweek: “Yes, Coachella is the time to show off all the new fashion. But flip flops will be trampled on.

“I walked on it [Norwegian DJ] Allen Walker’s shoes backstage and they were brand new. I still think about it daily. It was very embarrassing.

Doja Cat performs at the ACL Festival.
Doja Cat performs at the ACL Festival. Doja Cat was originally booked for Coachella 2020 before it was canceled and will return to the lineup for 2022 with higher billing.
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What to pack for Coachella?

Those who aren’t used to or don’t go to music festivals may be surprised how little they have to bring to Coachella, provided they bring a lot of cash.

Steve Lilly said: “Earplugs are a good bet. They have the best sound systems in the world at Coachella and inside the tents it can get nice and loud.

I’m sure the only reason I can still hear at 44 and after over 800 gigs over the years is because I’ve been wearing them since day one.

“Look for ones that turn the sound down about 15 DB, not foam ones that muffle everything. Amazon has plenty of options.”

Grant Manczuk added, “Bring that phone charger! You will need to charge your phone. He will die because of all the pictures you take.

Megan Thee Stallion performs at the ACL Festival.
Megan Thee Stallion performs at the ACL Festival. She has been confirmed as part of the Coachella 2022 roster.
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What to eat at Coachella?

Grant Manczuk, who has several Coachellas to his name, suggests avoiding expensive food trucks if you’re on a budget at the annual festival.

He said: “I never eat out during Coachella. I’d rather not eat at the festival or [instead] snacking on snacks we took on the road.

“Always support the locals. But your brand’s gummy bears are $3 somewhere versus $9 in grocery stores [near Coachella].

“There is a supermarket shuttle which is free and they go from Thursday to Sunday located [on the] northwest corner of lot seven.”

Other tips for Coachella 2022

The two-weekend music festival in Indio, just east of Palm Springs, is about more than headlines.

Manczuk said, “Don’t bother the celebrities. They’re here to enjoy the festival, just like you.

“It’s part of the experience of hanging out and then you see a social media influencer or a band that you like but aren’t playing.”

He added: “If you’re worried about flights, consider flying to Los Angeles or Phoenix. I fly to Phoenix because I stop on the way to get groceries and get some food. essence.

“It’s cheaper there and the stores still have a lot of necessities because it’s not near Coachella and people aren’t panicking to buy.

“There are always pop-up shows and activities. These are often gorilla events that aren’t actually associated with Coachella. Don’t get FOMO because you’re not at a pool party in the backyard of an Airbnb.”

Lilly said: “Masks were a thing at Coachella before the pandemic. The dust gets nasty in the high winds that always seem to come up at some point.

“Good for warding off what we veterans affectionately call the ‘Coachella flu.’ Also bring a nasal rinse/spray to use at the end of each night, clean that junk out before it sets in.”

“Coachella now has real permanent toilets on the pitch. There are also portable potties everywhere and often towards the back, there are air-conditioned bathrooms with air conditioning, flush toilets and sinks.

“If you use a porta[l] [toilet] bring a light at night, they are almost black. And you want to see where you’re about to sit first, especially later at night, haha.”

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Porter Robinson & Madeon perform on the Coachella Stage during day three of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 2) at Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2017 in Indio, California.
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