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
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.
Yorkshire’s finest Yard Act curled up backstage after a smoldering Coachella debut.
LA producers and DJ TOKiMONSTA pose before making the desert crowd dance.
Belgian star Stromae delivered one of the most visually stunning sets of the weekend, elevating his lively electronic pop music with a stunning aesthetic.
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.
The gang is all here! The Regrettes stopped by to take summer photos.
Doja Cat made a bid for the headliner spot with its inventive and electric mainstage set on Sunday.
Sorry Pabllo, the secret is out – you are an icon.
Orville Peck looked radiant in his gold gown and trademark mask.
Here she dazzled the crowds with the outfit and her songs were even more brilliant.
French nu-disco crew L’Impératrice showed us the key to being comfortable in their trailer – using your bandmates as pillows.
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 made a big impression in the Friday night headline slot, wowing with big tunes, big surprises, and some iconic dance moves.
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 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’.
Cheeky! Argentine singer, songwriter and dancer Nathy Peluso smirks and snaps his middle finger to NMElens.
“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.
Lil Baby brings new meaning to put on a “fire” show…
IDLES get into the spirit of the desert as they kick off their usually busy summer festival.
Who needs props when you have braids? Not Michelle Zauner from Japanese Breakfast!
Then, she wowed the Gobi tent with songs from her Grammy-nominated album ‘Jubilee’ and some gong acts.
Phoebe Bridgers soaked up the atmosphere on her magical Friday night set.
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.
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 was one of the first big draws of the weekend, with a packed Mojave tent screaming every word to her set.
Benvenute legend – Måneskin gave us their best performance before wooing their first Coachella audience.
Conan Gray brings the drama to center stage with sets packed with emotional outbursts and stories in between songs about growing up.
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
If your future is as bright as Girl In Red, you won’t be able to lower your shades either.
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 killed her first Coachella appearance before
Beabadoobee got a scrap that matches her dress NMEdizzy background.
Hardcore legends show us their best playing faces before storming the California festival.
“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.
Cheers, Denzel! The Florida rapper got serious before his set.
Kim Petras gave us a much-needed Sunday surprise with her neon style.
Maggie Rogers’ Sunday afternoon set is exhilarating as she shares songs new and old, all equally warm and comforting to one another.
Caroline Polachek visited us as the festival recovered from its iconic set on Saturday night.
Swedish House Mafia
The Swedish House Mafia gang DJ reunion capped off the first weekend with some big surprises and a little helping hand from The Weeknd.
Abel understands his job – the superstar treats the Coachella audience with the best songs ready to die. Roll in the second weekend!