YouTube returns to Coachella for the eighth year in a row to exclusively livestream the first weekend of Coachella 2018. Presented by T-Mobile in the US, Optus in Australia and Garnier in Canada, music fans can take a front seat in the desert for performances by their favorite artists when they tune in to Coachella's YouTube channel on any screen (desktop, mobile and living room) from April 13 - 15. From headliners to some of the biggest artists on the rise, livestream performances throughout the weekend will include Beyoncé, The Weeknd, ODESZA, Post Malone, The War on Drugs, Kygo, Chromeo, Alan Walker, BØRNS, alt-J and many more.
Fans tuning in will have their choice of four livestream feeds with different artists performing on each simultaneously. This includes one VR180 channel that will allow viewers to experience performances and exclusive on the ground coverage in a more immersive way using viewers and headsets like Google Cardboard and Daydream View. Fans can also create personalized viewing schedules to feature the live acts they want to see, where livestream channels will automatically change to artists they’ve selected.
Highlights from the weekend will be available through a video-on-demand hub, and returning host Jason Bentley from KCRW, along with co-hosts Nadeska Alexis, Valerie Lee and Brittany Eustis will bring fans interviews with artists and creators from throughout the festival.
Google Home will amplify the Coachella experience through a custom voice-enabled experience for both festival goers and fans around the globe tuning in to the livestream, allowing users to discover music from artists performing as part of this year’s lineup and test their knowledge of the festival, present and past. Just say, “Hey Google, talk to Coachella,” and Google Home will become the ultimate Coachella companion, providing information on the festival from set times to travel info. Once gates open, fans at home will get the backstage experience with live artist interviews throughout the weekend.
Google Pixel will bring its incredible camera capabilities to one of Coachella’s most iconic and popular attractions, the giant Ferris Wheel. Surprised festival goers boarding select Ferris Wheel gondolas will walk into a special Pixel photo booth, creating a totally unique and Instagrammable photo moment through clever visual treatments. Artist portraits will also be captured on Pixel 2 backstage by influential photographers.
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