At this month’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Warrior One stage area will feature an art installation by Do LaB. PHOTO BY GINA JOY
Indio’s beloved Coachella music festival is back with a killer lineup, creative art installations, collectible NFTs and can’t-miss events.
After a two-year absence, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (coachella.com) returns to Indio’s Empire Polo Club for two action-packed weekends, April 15 to 17 and April 22 to 24. Here’s a look at this year’s new developments and how to make the most of your time in the desert.
SEE The polo field will be brought to life by immersive artwork and creative design installations—both newly commissioned pieces and returning favorites. At this year’s event, live art exhibitions will come by way of Architensions, Cristopher Cichocki, Kiki van Eijk, Los Dos, Estudio Normal, Dana Stanescu, NEWSUBSTANCE, Robert Bose and Do LaB. At the last show, Do LaB designed the Warrior One stage, whose concept they’ll build upon with lighting elements that will line the back of the DJ booth. Another great thing to see: YouTube Originals and Coachella partnered to produce a feature-length documentary, Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, chronicling the performances and behind-the-scenes stories that shaped the festival.
charter a private jet from L.A. with XO. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
HEAR The festival’s 2022 lineup features big-name headliners Harry Styles on Friday, Billie Eilish on Saturday and Kanye “Ye” West on Sunday. Swedish House Mafia is making a grand return to the desert, and other anticipated performers include Lil Baby, Phoebe Bridgers, Big Sean, Megan Thee Stallion, Danny Elfman and Doja Cat. Get psyched ahead of time with Coachella 2022: The Lineup, an official YouTube playlist featuring 173 songs and over six hours of music by this year’s performers. You can also download the Coachella mobile app to personalize your schedule, discover new music and get the most up-to-date festival news.
The Majestic Estate is one of ACME House Company’s luxury rentals in Palm Springs PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
STAY Looking for a fabulous vacation retreat? Located in Palm Springs, luxury rental service ACME House Company (acmehouseco.com) offers a curated portfolio of over 100 privately owned, high-end homes in famous and historic areas throughout the desert— whether you’re seeking easy access to the Empire Polo Club or a more removed experience in a surrounding city. ACME’s upscale properties boast state-of-the-art, impeccably designed furnishings that reflect the Palm Springs aesthetic and come equipped with all of the amenities you’d expect of five-star accommodations. With stylish and themed options, ranging from a luxe midcentury modern oasis to a colorful boho-chic escape, ACME can help you find the perfect place to unwind or entertain during the festival.
FLY Skip the crowds and jet off from L.A. to Palm Springs with tech-forward private aviation company XO (flyxo.com). Th e app enables flyers to instantly charter private jets—without any sort of jet ownership—as well as to purchase or off er up individual seats on private aircraft s. Many aircraft s include in-flight Wi-Fi and a cabin hostess for top-notch service. XO can also help you customize your experience by arranging catering, concierge services and ground transportation—such as an awaiting black car upon your arrival on the tarmac.
COLLECT Th is year, the introduction of Coachella Collectibles NFTs will enable tech-savvy festival fans to own lifetime passes and access unique on-site experiences, physical items, art prints and photo books, and digital collectibles. Coachella partnered with FTX US to create an environmentally friendly marketplace on Solana, and a portion of proceeds support Give Directly, Lideres Campesinas and Find Food Bank.
La Quinta Resort & Club’s Shop & Sip package includes a two-night stay in a suite and a credit toward Ramy Brook’s spring 2022 collection—shot exclusively at the Coachella Valley hotel. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
WEAR Fashion designer Ramy Brook (ramybrook.com) has partnered with La Quinta Resort & Club (laquintaresort.com) for the debut of the contemporary women’s brand’s spring 2022 collection—shot exclusively at the Coachella Valley hotel. A La Quinta dress embodies desert fashion, and the entire line is available at Audrey’s & Citrus, in the resort’s main pavilion. Fashionable guests can also opt for the La Quinta x Ramy Brook Shop & Sip package, which includes a two-night stay in a La Quinta Resort suite with private pool or hot tub, a $500 credit toward Ramy Brook’s spring 2022 line and a complimentary bottle of Whispering Angel rosé.
EAT Coachella’s Indio Central Market is a culinary haven featuring over 15 carefully curated restaurants from across the country under one tent—including vegan and gluten-free options. For the seventh year, Outstanding in Th e Field (outstandinginthefield.com) will produce elegant dinners in the VIP Rose Garden, where you can enjoy a full-service, four-course family-style meal—complete with cocktails and regional wine. Seating for these ticketed events begins at 6PM.