For the seventh year running, YouTube is set to livestream the first weekend of this year’s Coachella live on the official Coachella YouTube channel, for free.
Like every year, from April 14 to 16, users will be able to catch live performances of their favorite artists at Coachella from the comfort of their couch and away from the heat and dust of the desert, all thanks to YouTube. Line-up for this year includes Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane, Future, Radiohead, Lorde, Two Door Cinema Club. The headliner this year, of course, is Lady Gaga, and not Beyonce, after the latter had to pull-out from the event due to her pregnancy. She is set to re-join as headliner next year, though.
Some of the features of the livestream are more run-of-the-mill, like three different camera angles including 360-degree views for select performances, and a video on-demand hub for highlights and additional footage. But what’s new this year, is the ability for users to get browser notifications when their favorite artists take the stage, and a sneak-peek at the underground dance music scene, Yuma, for the first time.
The webcast and livestream are sponsored by T-Mobile and will be hosted by KCRW music director Jason Bentley and co-host Francesca Fiorentini, who will be interviewing artists, creators, and bringing a wide range of content including back-stage footage and news from the artist lounge for the livestream viewers.