The legacy of Coachella runs deep. Since it’s humble beginnings in 1999 in Palm Springs, the Goldenvoice-produced springtime event has grown into the world’s most visible, most talked-about, and most prestigious festival year in and year out. Before being forced to postpone their 2020 event amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Coachella was slated to kick off its first weekend today, April 10.
That didn’t stop founder Paul Follett and Coachella organizers from giving their fans something to mark Coachella’s would-be opening day. How? By debuting their highly-anticipated two-hour feature documentary, Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, which fans can safely enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. The feature-length film premiered Friday, April 10, on YouTube Originals.
The documentary looks back on Coachella’s history through a mix of interviews with Pasquale Rotella, A-trak, Billie Eilish, and other industry tastemakers, along with stock footage of huge global stars like Amy Winehouse, Björk, Radiohead, Madonna, Kanye West, Rage Against the Machine, Swedish House Mafia, and more.
From Tupac’s post-mortem hologram appearance with Dr. Dre and Daft Punk‘s 2012 Pyramid set that is still considered the “birthplace of EDM,” to Kaskade‘s primetime slot making him the first EDM artist headliner and the first use of a drone lighting show during ODESZA‘s 2018 performance, Coachella creates moments that will not only be the most memorable of the year. Coachella moments will be remembered in the music industry for years down the road.