A fan crowd surfs during the Japandroids set. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles…)
Spoiler alert: Those with tickets for next week's edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival might want to avert their eyes. Embedded below are three YouTube videos that will allow the ticketless to experience many of the musical highlights of the Indio festival.
Set to broadcast on the official Coachella YouTube page are highly anticipated sets from the likes of reunited Brit-pop act Blur, Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels, chic dance-pop group Phoenix and a fully assembled Wu-Tang Clan, among many others. This is good news for those of us who aren't making the trek to the desert to bake among 90,000 music fans with disposable income for three days, but could kill some of the mystery for those attending the second Coachella, which launches April 19.
YouTube over the years has become more aggressive in live broadcasts of music festivals, including past editions of Coachella, Chicago's Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. This year's Coachella offerings, however, are especially impressive, with about 25 sets offered each day. Nearly all of the name artists are represented. Tune in Saturday, for instance, for the minimal electro-soul of the xx or "Harlam Shake" DJ sensation Baauer, and end your Sunday with the acidic rock romanticism of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Embedded below are the three channels and the remaining schedules as of Friday evening. Though featured on YouTube, the Coachella programming will be appointment viewing. Don't blame us if you miss the set and all you're able to find after the fact is some shaky cellphone footage.
Of course, not every performance is available to live stream. Those artists cursed with sets before 3:30 p.m. are apparently not-ready-for-YouTube-players, and fans of the reunited British act the Stone Roses, a group that helped define the mix of rock and dance culture that currently rules at Coachella, will have to settle for what are described as "highlights." But what did you expect, you freeloader?
7:00 p.m. Local Natives 7:50 p.m. Of Monsters and Men 8:40 p.m. Beach House 9:30 p.m. Yeah Yeah Yeahs 10:20 p.m. Blur 11:40 p.m. The Stone Roses (Highlights) 12:10 a.m. How To Destroy Angels
3:35 p.m. Dropkick Murphys 4:25 p.m. Ben Howard 5:15 p.m. Café Tacvba 6:05 p.m. Puscifer 6:55 p.m. Portugal. The Man 7:45 p.m. Grizzly Bear 8:35 p.m. Hot Chip 9:30 p.m. The Postal Service 10:30 p.m. The xx 11:35 p.m. Phoenix
3:30 p.m. The Gaslight Anthem 4:30 p.m. The Airborne Toxic Event 5:15 p.m. The Lumineers 6:05 p.m. Social Distortion 7:00 p.m. Tame Impala 8:00 p.m. Vampire Weekend 8:50 p.m. Pretty Lights (Highlights) 9:20 p.m. Wu-Tang Clan 10:20 p.m. Red Hot Chili Peppers
3:30 p.m. MONA 4:15 p.m. Shouting Matches 5:10 p.m. Bat For Lashes 6:10 p.m. Allen Stone 7:00 p.m. Major Lazer 8:00 p.m. Yeasayer 9:00 p.m. Spiritualized 10:00 p.m. Descendents 10:55 p.m. Two Door Cinema Club 11:45 p.m. New Order
3:30 p.m. Smith Westerns 4:30 p.m. Jessie Ware 5:30 p.m. Tanlines 6:10 p.m. James Blake 7:40 p.m. Father John Misty 8:30 p.m. Franz Ferdinand 9:20 p.m. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 10:10 p.m. Dinosaur Jr. 11:00 p.m. Dead Can Dance