Coachella 2018 live stream: how to watch this year’s festival and who you can’t afford to miss

Watch the music festival without leaving your sofa

It’s back, the biggest music festival in the world (or at least, that’s what your fav celebs on Instagram will tell you). Coachella Festival 2018 is here, and as is tradition, the festival will be live streaming much of the festival via YouTube over the coming weekend (April 13 – 15) for free, to be watched anywhere around the world.

Can’t make it out to the States? Or just wanna create the festival vibes from the comfort of your own home? Here’s what you need to know.

Where can I watch Coachella 2018?

Just head to the Coachella YouTube channel, where you’ll be able watch one of four live streams of the weekend’s events.

Will both weekends stream on YouTube?

No – only weekend 1, April 13-15, will be available to stream on YouTube.

Who’s shows are going to be livestreamed?

At the moment, 78 acts have been confirmed. This includes headliners Beyoncé and The Weeknd; as well as Tyler, the Creator, alt-J, The War On Dugs and Nile Rodgers & Chic. You can see the full list of acts being livestreamed on the Coachella YouTube page.

Who should I watch?

With 78 acts streaming online, and the potential for more to be announced, there’s bound to be one performance you want to watch; but if you need any guidance, here are a few suggestions.

Beyoncé

Why? After cancelling her 2017 performance due to pregnancy, Beyoncé is finally making her headline debut at Coachella. The queen of pop hasn’t blessed us with a live performance since the Grammys in 2017, so it’s sure to be a blistering show. And with the announcement of the ‘On the Run II‘ with hubby Jay-Z, could there be a guest appearance from him on the cards?
When? Saturday, 14 April

HAIM

Why? Asides from the outrageously catchy pop songs and wicked live show? The band of sisters’ live show will be accompanied by visuals from acclaimed film maker Paul Thomas Anderson.
When? Saturday, 14 April

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Brockhampton

Why? America’s best new boyband are renowned for their totally mad live shows. With their two London shows selling out in minutes, this is the opportune chance to watch them live if you weren’t one of the lucky ones who managed to bag tickets.
When? Saturday, 14 April

The War On Drugs

Why? If you missed the stellar shows in the UK last year, here’s your chance to watch Adam Granduciel and co live; the perfect chance to test the water ahead of their slot supporting The National at All Points East.
When? Friday, 13th April

Nile Rodgers & Chic

Why? The phrase back-to-back hits is regularly bandied about, but is rarely used as accurately as it is to describe Nile Rodgers live show. Could this performance be the pre-drinking soundtrack you didn’t know you needed? Absolutely.
When? Saturday, April 14th