The desert prepares for the hordes of Coachella music fans as the big festival returns

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Coachella Music Festival passes go on sale Thursday. Courtesy picture

As thousands of people begin to flock to the Empire Polo Club for the Coachella Music & Art Festival, fixed times were announced on Thursday for the return of the popular event.

Doors open at noon each day of the festival, starting Friday, with performances kicking off immediately on various stages.

Jim Smith starts things off on the Sonora stage and Dear Humans on the Yuma stage at noon. Friday night headliner Harry Styles performs on the Coachella Stage at 11:35 p.m., followed by BADBADNOTGOOD on the Gobi Stage at 12:05 a.m.

The others performing on Friday are Arcade Fire, Phoebe Bridgers, Lil Baby and Big Sean.

Billie Eilish is the headliner of the festival on Saturday night. Performers who have come before her include Danny Elfman, 21 Savage, Megan Thee Stallion and 88rising.

Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd headline Sunday night, replacing Ye – the rapper formerly known as Kanye West – who pulled out of the event last week. They will take over the Coachella main stage at 10:30 p.m.

The last scheduled performance on Sunday will be The Blessed Madonna + Honey Dijon, on the Mojave Stage at 10:40 p.m.

The same program of performances will be repeated on the weekend of April 22.

Festival-goers can use the Coachella app to customize their schedule of top performers.

Coachella had to cancel events in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

– City News Service

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