After a two-year hiatus, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will return to its iconic home at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Over two weekends (April 15-17; 22-24), Coachella will present a top-tier lineup of performers—Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Doja Cat are among the headliners—food from some of L.A.’s best restaurants, gifted NFTs, and a slew of other activations that will make this the most inclusive Coachella in history. Here’s what to know, and where to go.
Located six miles from the main site, Soho House’s desert oasis is an exclusive pop-up retreat that will offer unlimited food and drinks from Chicas Tacos, Erewhon, and more. There will also be live shows, wellness activations, and cabanas for rent. Entry is reserved for Soho House members and Soho Friends, who can secure day or weekend passes for themselves and guests.
Since the Indio Central Market was introduced in 2018, Coachella’s culinary offerings have only become more elaborate. This year, the tented food area will host a sushi speakeasy from the husband-and-wife duo behind the Scratch Restaurants. The hidden outpost of Sushi by Scratch Restaurants will serve a 17-course omakase complete with sake pairings for just 12 diners at $375 per person.
Founded in 2017 by Black employees of Goldenvoice, which operates Coachella, the GV Black collective advocates for increased representation of Black voices and overall diversity in the music industry through various initiatives. This year, GV Black will be running The Boutique, a shop that brings together six Black SoCal-based designers and brands, each of whom has produced special capsule collections for the event.
Afterparties by FrameworkUnderground promotor Framework will present three after-parties from April 15-17 at a brand new venue at Thermal Airport. Rhonda Queen of the Desert kicks it off with sets from Purple Disco Machine, SG Lewis, and Jayda G. On the second night, Desert Air will feature Black Coffee B2B Martinez Brothers and special guest Peggy Gou. And capping off the weekend at Art of the Wild, with Bedouin, Dixon, Damian Lazarus BTB Michael Bibi, and Layla Benitez.