The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is still celebrating its 20th anniversary on Friday (April 10) — the same day the festival’s gates would have swung open for thousands of music fans for its first weekend. Now, it’s happening all online.
The YouTube Originals documentary Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert gives fans an intimate look at the world-renowned music festival right from their homes, hence the current #Couchella trend on social media. No shuttle passes or wristbands needed, because everyone has complimentary access to the VIP experience, recalling Coachella’s most memorable moments from 1999 to 2019 and backstage stories that have never been told before.
Viewers can relive or experience for the first time past performances by Billie Eilish, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Madonna, Travis Scott, BLACKPINK, LCD Soundsystem, Rage Against the Machine and more. Rage and Travis Scott, as well as Frank Ocean, were originally slated as the three headlining acts for Coachella 2020, but there’s no confirmation on whether the lineup will remain in place for the rescheduled festival on Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18 for weekend one and two, respectively.
Chris Perkel directed and produced the feature-length documentary, while Head of AEG Studios Raymond Leon Roker and Coachella founder and Goldenvoice President/CEO Paul Tollett served as executive producers.
“What makes Coachella such a fun subject and what makes it unique, is that it is a snapshot of popular culture on any given year. Because it has been able to stay completely contemporary and completely relevant over the entirety of these two decades,” Perkel said in an interview with Billboard.
Before festivalgoers trek back to the desert for a fashionably late festival in October, watch Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert below, starting at 3 p.m. ET Friday.