The “kids” are back in town – gathering from all around the globe for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. It’s back after a COVID hiatus like everything else. And while Ye won’t be on the bill, there are dozens of others who deserve a listen and recognition.
Locally, Giselle Woo & the Night Owls are nervously awaiting their debut on stage. Woo was a student of mine when I taught radio at COD, and was just getting started. I’m happy for she and her assembled multitude, and wanted to give a shoutout as Coachella Weekend 1 gets underway. Harry Styles will be sufficiently objectified for his looks, but his music really shines. And on the horizon is his Palm Springs-filmed movie ”Don’t Worry Darlin’”
Live music is back in Palm Springs proper as The Alibi reopens. I attended a pre-Coachella party last night and talked to Liz and Melanie about their future plans. Big Freedia is on the stage Saturday and Sunday with a great lineup of indy music on the marquee.
I’m off to The Living Desert for “Glow in the Park” and will have a report Monday morning on KGAY 106.5.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Coachella Weekend 1
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella, Coachella Music Festival or the Coachella Fest) is an annual two-weekend, three-day event held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio this weekend (April 15–17) and next (April 22–24). Beyond the headliners of Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia, there are more than 100 artists performing across seven stages, plus activities, art installations, food, fun…and good vibes. We have waitlist and ticket exchange links on our event listing: More info
Heading anywhere in the vicinity? Check out our Coachella Festival 2022 Traffic Map & Transportation Info. If you aren’t lucky enough to have tickets (or prefer your Coachella experience with the comforts of home), you can livestream it on YouTube. Check out the Coachella 2022 set times [here]. Finally, don’t forget to check out #GaysofCoachella on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to connect with “family” around the festival!
Big Freedia at The Alibi
The Alibi presents the one and only Big Freedia to kick off Coachella Fest Weekend 1 with two back-to-back parties, Saturday, April 16 at 9:30 pm and Sunday, April 17 at noon. Known as the Queen of Bounce music, Big Freedia is a New Orleans-based hip-hop artist and worldwide ambassador of bounce music, reality series star, and collaborator with the likes of Beyoncé, Drake, and Lizzo. Witness her majesty in person, and all hail the Queen of Bounce! Get tickets
Day Club Palm Springs
Concurrent with the Coachella Festival is Day Club Palm Springs, April 15–17 and April 22–24, with poolside programming running from noon to sundown at the Hilton Palm Springs. The six days of lineups curated by each headliner include Kim Petras (DJ set), Madeon (DJ set), Sound Presents: Dom Dolla & John Summit, Duck Sauce, Louis The Child (DJ set) & Tchami. Come for a day or stay all weekend, both single day and weekend passes are available. Get tickets
Ace Hotel’s Desert Gold
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club presents Desert Gold, April 15–17 and April 21–24. This annual celebration of cosmic sights and sounds features live performances poolside by Sudan Archives and Esty, resident DJs Pangea Sound and Chulita Vinyl Club; a Future Classic party and Desert Gold mainstay The Do-Over returning for their annual Sunday throwdowns. LA based analog culture collective In Sheep’s Clothing will take over The Amigo Room, plus special surprise guests will make their way to the desert to elicit sonic euphoria from sunup ’til sundown. More info
Spring Affair Dinner and Dance Party
Brothers of the Desert present Spring Affair, A Dinner and Dance Party on Saturday, April 16 at 6 pm at Margaritaville Resort. This celebratory evening features great food, wine, entertainment, dancing and silent auction, and serves as a rescheduled event for Brothers’ signature New Year’s Eve event, which was canceled this year due to community health concerns. Celebrate what lies ahead in 2022 and enjoy a 3-course dinner with wine curated by chefs Michael Taylor and Andre Carthen. Entertainment features Deion and Rome, dancing, local DJ Wes Rankins and opportunities to bid on some incredible auction items with proceeds going to Brothers of the Desert to continue to provide a range of programs and services. Get tickets
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