Coachella is finally back. For the first time since 2019, California’s Colorado Desert (okay, who was in charge of naming this desert?) will be filled with thousands of music superfans to catch the biggest musical artists of 2022. If you’re one of them, then you know that this year’s festival is rapidly approaching, being held this weekend and next on April 15-17 and 22-24.
“Can’t Feel the Heat – Unofficial Coachella Podcast” is covering all of the festival news you need to know, handing out tips on navigating the acts you’re desperate to see and predicting what fine print musicians may one day become headliners. From Epik High to Giselle Woo, Harry Styles to girl in red, Coachella experts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko take us through it all in “Can’t Feel the Heat – Unofficial Coachella Podcast.”
Started in 2018, this podcast was created as a way for fans to connect with the Coachella festival year-round. New episodes are released monthly, where our hosts review the lineups as they are announced, talk about the festival’s greatest sets in history, discuss new rules for the festival, and more. Episodes are typically just an hour long.
What makes a Coachella expert? We’re glad you asked. Both hosts have spent many hours on the field at the Empire Polo Club. Tom has been attending Coachella since 2009, only missing 2018’s festival due to the birth of his firstborn, which we suppose is a good excuse. He’s extraordinarily passionate about connecting with others through music along with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival itself.
Vanessa is an entertainment journalist who has covered every Coachella festival since 2007 – even the double weekends. You can find more of her wealth of Coachella knowledge in her newsletter, Festival Pass, which is filled with festival news about Coachella and other Southern California music festivals.
There aren’t many people more qualified than these two when it comes to curating the ultimate Coachella experience. Learn how to plan your weekend, from which sets you must see to all of the parties happening out in the desert.
Tom and Vanessa talk about how you can beat the midday desert heat or what to do if you can’t miss an act at the height of the day. They talk about navigating set conflicts, seeing some of the acts who performed at the first-ever Coachella in 1999, and the artists they’re dying to see.
They’ve obviously discussed new COVID-19 rules implemented by the festival along with how the pandemic changed the concert industry. They discuss how long it could take for the industry to fully recover and how Coachella changed the Southern California music landscape. They’ve chatted with musician Terry Corso about attending Coachella as both a fan and a performer, and compares the festivals to others he’s been to.
Tom and Vanessa are also talking about Coachella’s new NFTs (and if anyone actually bought them), if Orville Peck will be okay in his full-coverage fringe mask, and how much people paid for lifetime passes to the festival.
Of course, they also discussed the replacement of literally all of the headliners — going from Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West to Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Swedish House Mafia, and The Weeknd.
When it’s not Coachella season, they’re talking similarly about other music festivals, from who is the must-see performer to navigating the weekend.
One of their most recent episodes is obviously about Kanye West withdrawing from his Sunday headliner spot. While Tom and Vanessa had recorded the episode before Coachella announced who would be taking his place, both of them correctly guessed that Swedish House Mafia would take the spot, even adding on that The Weeknd might join them. So if that doesn’t convince you that they are literal Coachella experts, we don’t know what will.
As the festival that kicks off festival season in the United States, Coachella finally returning to the music festival circuit is huge. And you can find out literally everything you need to know from “Can’t Feel the Heat – Unofficial Coachella Podcast” from these two seasoned concert-goers.