After no less than four COVID-related cancellations in 2020 and 2021, the biggest names in music are once again heading to the Indio desert for the Coachella festival on the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24 — at least, as of today. The pandemic taught us that it is not worth betting on concerts, much less festivals, happening when they are scheduled.
Coachella revealed its 2022 lineup on January 12, with Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Ye as headliners. EDM heavyweights Swedish House Mafia were given separate billing. Breakout acts such as Phoebe Bridgers and Megan Thee Stallion are also featured on the bill.
To see the remainder of the bill, you will need a magnifying or microscope. It’s a shame, because there are many riches down the marquee. There are some well-known names in small print, just like pop queens Carly Rae Jepsen or Kim Petras. Not only are there future stars in multiple genres, but they also have a lot of them.
From punk rock to hip hop alternative country, there is something for everyone at Coachella 2022:. All you have to do to find them is strain your eyes or increase the font size of your phone. To save you the effort, we have rounded up 10 must-see acts from the lower reaches of the stacked lineup, who are well worth investigating in advance of the concert.
Amyl and The Sniffers
Australian punk rockers Amyl & The Sniffers took their sophomore album, “Comfort To Me” to 2021 and went global.
Track key: “Hertz “
Chelsea Cutler’s lo-fi pop songs are intricately written and her collaborative approach has already made her a festival favorite. Coachella is the perfect setting to showcase her second album, “When I Close My Eyes”, and we are hoping for a guest appearance from regular co-host Jeremy Zucker.
Track key: “Walking Away “
Handpicked as the opening act for Olivia Rodrigo’s upcoming The Sour Tour and the recipient of the BRIT Award for Rising Star, Holly Humberstone goes into 2022 with significant buzz (not least from Variety). The UK singer/songwriter will be listed in a larger font due to her track record.
Track key: “Scarlett “
Steve Lacy, who has been branched out from the group, the Internet, has received critical acclaim for his debut LP, “Apollo XXI”. A commercial breakthrough finally came in 2021 with “Dark Red .”
Track key: “Dark Red “
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
K-Pop acts are absent this year, but there’s a J-Pop legend on the bill. Japan’s Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who is best known for viral hit “PONPONPON,” is sure to win new fans with her high-energy techno tunes and mind-me