Not going to be able to make it out to the 90-degree Palm Springs desert for the annual Coachella music festival this weekend? Well, on the one hand, you’ll dodge the uncontrollable sweating and crowds of people. But on the other, you’ll miss performances from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tegan and Sara, Moby, Wu-Tang Clan and a long list of others. Or at least you thought that would be the case.
YouTube, in partnership with T-Mobile, will be streaming this weekend’s performances in California right on YouTube.com. Yes, you can watch all the big performances right on your phone, tablet, computer and even TV at www.youtube.com/coachella.
Scroll to the bottom of that page and you can view a schedule of the biggest acts so you can arrange your weekend around them. YouTube is even streaming a few of the simultaneous performances — you can toggle between the three stages on Coachella’s own website — www.coachella.com.
Last year’s festival received a lot of attention for Tupac Shakur’s performance. No, the rapper didn’t rise from the dead, but during the performance by Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion), a lifelike holograph of Shakur joined him on stage. Shakur, who died more than 15 years ago, greeted the crowd with a “what up, Coachella!”
This is the third year YouTube has streamed the event free of charge. The festival started Friday and goes through April 13.