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PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/COACHELLA COACHELLA: America’s largest music festival is back.

Covid be damned, Coachella is back.

Postponed since April 2020 due to the pandemic, the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be held for two weekends live in person on 15 to 17 and 22 to 24 April at its original venue, the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California.

Weekend 1 has sold out.

Headlining North America’s largest music fest are Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Kanye West, Variety confirmed. In the lineup are Daniel Caesar, Niki, Big Sean, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Joji, Swedish House Mafia, among others.

In August last year, the festival’s parent company AEG Presents, required a full-vaccination policy for fans and staff at its future shows effective 1 October, but it has since updated their health policy months ahead of the event. Attendees are allowed to present proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid test taken 72 hours before the event, as well as wearing “face coverings” and other protective measures before entry.

The idea for the festival is traced to a 1993 Pearl Jam concert held at the Empire Polo Club in an act of boycotting venues controlled by Ticketmaster.

Goldenvoice concert promoters Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen launched Coachella as a two-day event in October 1999.

“Even before we looked at (Empire Polo Club), it hit us. We wanted it to be far. So you surrender. So you can’t leave your house and see a couple bands and be back home that night. We want you to go out there, get tired, and curse the show by Sunday afternoon. That sunset, and that whole feeling of Coachella hits you,” said Tollett.

The festival draws an audience of about 100,000 per day.

Goldenvoice announced on its website: “The event shall be presented in accordance with applicable public health conditions as of the date of the event and which may change at any time as determined by federal, state, or local government agencies or instrumentalities, artists, or the promoter.”

Security and safety are of utmost importance. If any ticket holder doesn’t comply with any of the terms, they will be refused entry to the festival and will not be entitled to a refund.

Visit www.coachella.com

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