I went to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival twice when I was in college. Each time, I came dangerously close to dying from heat stroke. (My people are not a desert people.) So my advice to those who yearn to see some of music’s most exciting talent this weekend is to either hop in the car and hydrate like crazy — or check out some of the live video streams coming out of Indio this year.
If you actually want to watch some performances, Wrigley’s 5 Gum is sponsoring a branded live stream through Facebook that will begin Friday at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT, with three different cameras (theoretically covering three different stages) broadcasting. To check out the full schedule without installing the Coachella app, go here — the line-up includes some interesting offerings, including Passion Pit, Imogen Heap and Vampire Weekend on Friday; The XX, Hot Chip and Faith No More on Saturday; and Matt & Kim, Sly Stone & Friends, and Devo on Sunday, though none of the headlining acts.
A mile away from the action at the Merv Griffith estate, though, Ustream is hosting Project Oasis beginning Friday at 3 p.m. EDT/12 p.m. PDT — “a place where celebrities and VIPs will escape the festival madness and chill in the pool while listening to the likes of Crystal Method and Will I Am,” according to an emailed release. Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin will be conducting interviews with artists and celebrities as well, but we’ll have to wait and see if she does it while chilling in the pool.
On the mobile side, Coachella’s official iPhone app is pretty much just there to help you find your car at the end of the night, but Verizon Wireless will be streaming select musical performances to V CAST-capable phones. No word on who will be included in their line-up.
We’ll update this post with other viewing options as they become available.
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