Every year, thousands of Australians endure a crushing sense of Coachella FOMO. I have no empirical or factual evidence of this, but I thoroughly believe that when the flower-crown festival of music and headline-grabbing sets arrives each April, there’s a sharp uptake in 20somethings spending the weekend getting absolutely sloshed, trying to forget they’re missing Beyoncé.
For everyone else, there’s the Youtube stream. While Coachella doesn’t stream every single act that performs, they certainly try their hardest. In past years, they’ve had multiple streams at once – this year, so far they’ve confirmed they’re streaming 85 acts, including most of the big ones.
Here’s our guide to what time you should head to Youtube and have a dance party. We’ve also included the times of some of the biggest acts who haven’t been confirmed for streamings yet, because Coachella are still updating the list, which you can double check here. (I mean, as if they’re not putting Cardi B or Eminem on that stream, right? Right??)
FYI, All these times are AEDT. And while this seems obvious, I’ll specify – while Coachella runs Fri-Sun in the US, day 1 of the festival is on our Saturday, so I’ve organised the below by the days they’ll be on in Oz.
DAY 1 – Saturday
THE WEEKND, 4.25pm
As the first day’s headliner, we’re expecting big, big things – and hopefully a few guest appearances from his features.
ALISON WONDERLAND 3.25-4.25pm
PERFUME GENIUS 2.35-3.20pm
ST VINCENT 1.55-2.50pm
THE WAR ON DRUGS 1.30-2.25pm
VINCE STAPLES 1.10-2pm
MOSES SUMNEY 7-8.20am
MISSING IN ACTION: SZA 2.55-3.45pm
We’re pretty convinced they’ll be streaming SZA, considering her mass appeal. I really hope so, at least – after catching her in Sydney back in January, I can confirm that she’s completely engrossing live and one of those acts that you can’t help but sing along to every word with.
DAY 2 – Sunday
After bowing out of headlining Coachella last year due to her pregnancy, Beyoncé has been rehearsing hard ahead of her re-do. We’re imagining something just below the theatrics of her 2016 Super Bowl performance. Trust us, it’ll be yuge.
ALT-J – 3.10pm
POST MALONE 3.05pm
FLEET FOXES 1.40-2.30pm
TYLER, THE CREATOR 12.55-1.45pm
TASH SULTANA 12.20-1.10pm
DAVID BYRNE 12.05-1.05pm
ANGEL OLSEN 11.30am-12.15pm
NILE ROGERS & CHIC 8.55-9.55am
DAY 3 – Sneaky Monday stream at work
FRENCH MONTANA 12.35-1.20pm
KAMASI WASHINGTON 12-1pm
VANCE JOY 10.45-11.30am
JESSIE WARE 10.40-11.30am
MISSING IN ACTION: EMINEM 3.20pm, THE DRUMS 2.45pm, KING KRULE 1.30-2.20pm, PRINCESS NOKIA 12.50-1.40pm, CARDI B 12-1.35pm
Day 3 has quite a lot of big names missing from the streaming schedule – including Eminem, one of the headliners of the whole festival. We’re hoping it gets sorted: no doubt there will be stunts and shenanigans.