Music fans will be keen to tune in to the Coachella Art and Music Festival which takes place this weekend in California, with YouTube live-streaming the event, this year in the new VR-180 format. They’ve also launched a new Coachella app for Google Home.
Coachella runs over 3 days from the 13th to 15th of April at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California and is present, at least in part by Optus. Headliners at the festival this year include Beyoncé, Jamiroquai, Vance Joy, Alan Walker, The Weeknd, ODESZA and many more.
This will be the eighth year in a row that YouTube has streamed the Coachella festival, but the first to be streamed in VR-180, the new Virtual Reality format that Google and YouTube introduced last year. VR-180 can be viewed on the desktop as a flat video, or through VR headset viewers including Google Cardboard, Daydream View and even Playstation VR.
To tune in to the Coachella YouTube stream, you can subscribe to it now on their channel, so you don’t miss a thing.
If you’re using Google Home, you can also tune in via the Coachella app for Google Home which will feed you information on the event including schedule information, and check out new artists or get information about the festival itself – including running a quiz:
Discover new artists: You know your must-see artists for the weekend, but this year’s lineup is flush with amazing acts that you may not be familiar with. This new feature allows you to discover new artists playing the festival, and gives you exclusive playlists to get you up to speed with the 2018 lineup.
Create your festival schedule: Once the artists’ set times are announced, you’ll be able to ask the Google Assistant what time your favorite artists are playing, then add them straight to the Coachooser app.
Get answers to festival FAQs: You can get performance times, travel info, what’s allowed into the festival and all that jazz.
Get the backstage experience: Whether you’re tuning in at home or in person at Coachella, you can listen to backstage interviews with some of your favorite artists once the festival begins.
Test your Coachella knowledge: Which artist got a surprise celeb kiss on stage during a 2015 headlining performance? Play trivia to test your knowledge of memorable Coachella moments and performances, and get excited for what may happen this year.