Coachella 2022: big stars head to the desert with security concerns looming | Coachella

Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and The Weeknd head to Coachella this weekend for the mega-festival’s first edition in three years.

The California-based festival, which runs over two weekends, is expected to attract more than 125,000 people per day. In February, the festival announced that there would be no rules regarding the wearing of masks, testing and proof of vaccination “according to local guidelines”.

The Los Angeles County has seen a slight increase in cases in recent weeks and while the numbers remain low, people are urged to remain alert to the dangers. This week, LA county director of public health, Barbara Ferrer, called on residents to do their “best to use the state-of-the-art tools available, vaccinations, boosters, testing, and masking” to make sure everyone is “as safe as possible”.

A statement on Coachella’s official website read: “There is an inherent and increased risk of exposure to Covid-19 in public places or places where people are. And there is no guarantee, expressed or implied, that those attending the festival will not be exposed to Covid-19.”

The past week has seen a number of test site pop-ups appear in the local area. “If you’re not feeling well, consider staying at home,” said Riverside University health system spokesman Jose Arballo. “I know this is a big financial investment for those who buy tickets. But your health is more important.”

Harry Styles
Harry Styles. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for HS

After two years of many canceled and postponed live music events, Coachella marks a revival of the music industry, kicking off a summer that will also see the return of The Roots Picnic, Glastonbury, Boston Calling and Mo Pop, each with the Covid-19 restrictions imposed on them. different. or lack thereof.

The return of the festival will also be a big boost for Coachella Valley’s business after a two-year hiatus, with an estimated 30% increase in sales for the period.

Styles will headline the first night while Eilish, who performed at the festival in 2019, will take over the second night. “I headlined Coachella,” the 20-year-old singer said in a recent interview. “I mean, that’s a crazy thing to say.” The recent Oscar winner for his Bond theme No Time to Die also said he was disappointed with his previous Coachella experience. “I really hated the things that surrounded me during that period of time,” he said.

Kanye West had been scheduled to perform on the final night but was pulled out earlier this month, along with Travis Scott, who will appear alongside him. The star will take home a reported $8.5 million over two weekends.

The night of three headliners will now be Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd. Other appearances include Megan Thee Stallion, Phoebe Bridgers, Doja Cat, 21 Savage and Danny Elfman. Yesterday Arcade Fire joined the ranks in a last-minute addition.

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