Coachella 2022 – live: All day 2 updates as Billie Eilish prepares to headline

Harry Styles performs at Coachella and surprises a fan with Shania Twain’s cameo

After a two-year absence, Coachella has made its highly anticipated return.

Located in Indio, California, the Desert Festival has grown in popularity over the years for its glitzy Instagram-worthy dress code and main celebrity guests.

The festival leads the pack when it comes to innovative programming. Two of its hottest artists (Harry Styles and Billie Eilish) are under 30, while further down the carefully curated bill you’ll find some of the hottest new acts – Koffee, Amyl and the Sniffers, Rina Sawayama – mingling with old school staples such as Spiritualized and The Avalanches.

Find all the updates from this year’s festival below.

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Jackson Wang’s surprise appearance is all Twitter can talk about

While Disclosure is busy drawing one of the weekend’s biggest crowds to the outdoor theater, 8rising is doing its own equally impressive thing on the main stage at Coachella.

The first record company to have its own showcase at the festival, the collective does not take this honor lightly.

Since 2015, 88rising has been working with artists and creators across Asia, and tonight the Los Angeles-based company is bringing in the big boys and girls for an 80-minute extravaganza featuring an epic roster of names as well as a troupe of dancers and multi -layered stage.

A mini version of 88rising’s hugely successful Head in the Clouds festival, it’s the perfect potted variety show – featuring spots from Thai rapper Milli, the South Korean singer-songwriter Bibi and co-signed singer Taylor Swift, born in Jakarta, as well as Indonesian rappers Rich Brian and Warren Hue.

It is, however, the unexpected appearance of Chinese superstar Jackson Wang that really makes the festival lose its collective spirit.

With his silver-blue hair and red gloves on a majestic screen, the flashy Wang smashes his way through ten minutes of Michael Jackson-inspired choreography with a skill worthy of a Las Vegas magician, leaving many fans more than happy that he arrived, but also wondering why he wasn’t on stage for at least another hour.

Leonie CooperApril 17, 2022 04:10

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Coachella Weather Report

Where yesterday it was too hot, today there is definitely too much wind. Dust storms surround the site, making visibility difficult for many drivers heading to the festival. On the pitch, that means bucket hats blowing everywhere, trash cans falling across fields, and lots of hairstyles becoming hair don’ts. The solution? Hold on to your hats, Coachella.

Leonie CooperApril 17, 2022 03:30

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Finally a mosh pit

We find our first legitimate mosh pit of the weekend on Turnstile’s Mojave set. Crowd surfing and an abundance of restless members accompany the seductive manner of the American hardcore act with melodic yet still utterly fierce punk.

Brendan Yates of Turnstile

(Marcelo Hernández/Getty Images)

Leonie CooperApril 17, 2022 3:26 a.m.

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Kevin Abstract urged fans to listen to Brockhampton’s Coachella performance as it will be their last as a band. Stay tuned for our review of their set…

Tom MurrayApril 17, 2022 2:44 a.m.

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Wallows takes a break to help fans

Dylan Minnette just stopped Wallows mid-song to help a fan in the crowd. The actor/singer was cheered and applauded by the audience for making sure the festival-goer was okay. Check out the images below.

Tom MurrayApril 17, 2022 2:27 a.m.

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Fans of tonight’s headliner Billie Eilish will be delighted to know there’s an entire tent selling Billie-specific merchandise. They may not be so happy to learn that a black hoodie costs $90 (£69) and a bottle of water $30 (£23).

Did someone say Billie Eilish branded water bottle?

(The Independent/Leonie Cooper)

Leonie CooperApril 17, 2022 01:40

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Billie Eilish arrived ahead of her historic performance

Billie Eilish’s eponymous perfume brand tweeted a photo of the singer at Coachella next to a giant replica of the perfume’s bottle, which is a kind of metal bust with half a head missing.

Tom MurrayApril 17, 2022 01:32

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Those hills at Coachella look familiar…

Little known Coachella fact. The Teletubbie Hills were moved to the festival site in the early 2000s and now serve as a home base for wandering rickshaw drivers and influencers.

Has anyone seen Tinky-Winky?

(The Independent/Leonie Cooper)

Leonie CooperApril 17, 2022 01:14

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Queues, glorious queues

The second day begins with more epic queues to enter the festival. Extremely jealous of the person with the pink umbrella right now.

The queue to enter Coachella

(The Independent/Leonie Cooper)

Leonie CooperApril 17, 2022 01:08

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Shania Twain has raved about Harry Styles after he appeared on his set last night. “Music icon. Fashion icon,” Twain tweeted. The country star said during the performance that she was “flabbergasted” by Styles.

Tom MurrayApril 17, 2022 12:59 a.m.

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