All the action from the first weekend of Coachella 2022 – in stunning photos

After two long years, Coachella finally returned to the desert last weekend (15-17 April), bringing with them some of the best artists in modern music. NMEPhotographer Jenn Five is on hand to capture all the live action and snap some of the weekend’s biggest and best for some exclusive backstage portraits.

Anitta and Snoop Dogg

Anitta Snoop Dogg
Anitta and Snoop Dogg CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

The huge crowd wasn’t the only one eager to see Anitta at this year’s festival – Snoop Dogg was already waiting on stage for the Brazilian star when he got on his Vespa to begin his performance.

Law page

Law page
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Yorkshire’s finest Yard Act curled up backstage after a smoldering Coachella debut.

TOKiMONSTA

TOKiMONSTA
TOKiMONSTA CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

LA producers and DJ TOKiMONSTA pose before making the desert crowd dance.

stroma

stroma
Stromae CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Belgian star Stromae delivered one of the most visually stunning sets of the weekend, elevating his lively electronic pop music with a stunning aesthetic.

Run Gems

Run Gems
Run The Jewels CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Killer Mike and El-P walked the stage to Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’ and immediately launched a set that proved they more than deserved the title.

Regret

Regret
Regret CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

The gang is all here! The Regrettes stopped by to take summer photos.

doja cat

doja cat
Doja Cat CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Doja Cat made a bid for the headliner spot with its inventive and electric mainstage set on Sunday.

Pablo Vittar

Pablo Vittar
Pabllo Vittar CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Sorry Pabllo, the secret is out – you are an icon.

Orville Peck

Orville Peck
Orville Peck CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Orville Peck looked radiant in his gold gown and trademark mask.

Orville Peck

Orville Peck
Orville Peck CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Here she dazzled the crowds with the outfit and her songs were even more brilliant.

L’Imperatrice

L'imperatrice
L’imperatrice CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

French nu-disco crew L’Impératrice showed us the key to being comfortable in their trailer – using your bandmates as pillows.

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Karol G

Karol G
CREDIT Karol G: Jenn Five/NME

Not pictured: the row of fans who came to the set of reggaetón star Karol G in their own blue wigs, proving the Colombian singer was on his way to becoming a superstar.

Harry Styles
Harry Styles CREDIT: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for ABA

Harry Styles made a big impression in the Friday night headline slot, wowing with big tunes, big surprises, and some iconic dance moves.

Example

Example
CREDIT Role Model: Jenn Five/NME

The US solo star lives up to his nickname and sets an example of how to make a big grin on camera.

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Megan Thee Stallion brought her biggest hits to Coachella’s main stage on Saturday, including ‘Body’, ‘Savage (Remix)’, ‘Hot Girl Summer’ and, of course, a spicy version of ‘WAP’.

Nathy Peluso

Nathy Peluso
Nathy Peluso CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Cheeky! Argentine singer, songwriter and dancer Nathy Peluso smirks and snaps his middle finger to NMElens.

Umar Apollo

Umar Apollo
Omar Apollo CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

“It’s gonna be sexy in this bitch,” Omar Apollo promised early in the first day of the festival, before delving into his canon of slinky R&B jams.

little darling

little darling
Baby Lil CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Lil Baby brings new meaning to put on a “fire” show…

IDLES

IDLES
IDLES CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

IDLES get into the spirit of the desert as they kick off their usually busy summer festival.

Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast
Japanese Breakfast CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Who needs props when you have braids? Not Michelle Zauner from Japanese Breakfast!

Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast
Japanese Breakfast CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Then, she wowed the Gobi tent with songs from her Grammy-nominated album ‘Jubilee’ and some gong acts.

Phoebe Bridgers
Phoebe Bridgers CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Phoebe Bridgers soaked up the atmosphere on her magical Friday night set.

NIKI

NIKI
NIKI CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

You’ll be as smiling as NIKI if you manage to create your own Coachella set and be a part of 88rising’s historic mainstage takeover.

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Jamie xx

Jamie xx
Jamie xx CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Jamie xx brings the good times into the final night of the 2022 Coachella weekend with a DJ ravey set.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Carly Rae Jepsen was one of the first big draws of the weekend, with a packed Mojave tent screaming every word to her set.

Maneskin

Mnexin
Måneskin CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Benvenute legend – Måneskin gave us their best performance before wooing their first Coachella audience.

Conan Gray

Conan Gray
Conan Gray CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Conan Gray brings the drama to center stage with sets packed with emotional outbursts and stories in between songs about growing up.

Conan Gray

Conan Gray
Conan Gray CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

The prince of pop looks absolutely gorgeous as he snaps post-show photos in the best-dressed we’ve seen all weekend.

Girl in Red

Girl in Red
The Girl in Red CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

If your future is as bright as Girl In Red, you won’t be able to lower your shades either.

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Surprise! Win Butler and his colleagues came to the Mojave tent on Friday to make the Coachella party go on in epic style.

Holly Humberstone

Holly Humberstone
Holly Humberstone CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Holly Humberstone killed her first Coachella appearance before

beabadoobee

beabadoobee
Beabadoobee CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Beabadoobee got a scrap that matches her dress NMEdizzy background.

Code Orange

Code Orange
CREDIT Code Orange: Jenn Five/NME

Hardcore legends show us their best playing faces before storming the California festival.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

“I shouldn’t be making headlines for this bullshit,” said Coachella’s youngest headliner Billie Eilish during her Saturday night set. We, and likely everyone present, begged to be different.

Denzel Curry

Denzel Curry
Denzel Curry CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Cheers, Denzel! The Florida rapper got serious before his set.

Kim Petras

Kim Petras
Kim Petras CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Kim Petras gave us a much-needed Sunday surprise with her neon style.

Maggie Rogers
Maggie Rogers CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Maggie Rogers’ Sunday afternoon set is exhilarating as she shares songs new and old, all equally warm and comforting to one another.

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Caroline Polachek

Caroline Polachek
Caroline Polachek CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Caroline Polachek visited us as the festival recovered from its iconic set on Saturday night.

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia
Swedish House Mafia CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

The Swedish House Mafia gang DJ reunion capped off the first weekend with some big surprises and a little helping hand from The Weeknd.

Weekend

Weekend
Weekend CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME

Abel understands his job – the superstar treats the Coachella audience with the best songs ready to die. Roll in the second weekend!

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