Coachella: Weekend 1 Breaks YouTube Live Streaming Records

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As the second weekend of Coachella 2019 wraps up, the first weekend has already broken a record for the famed festival.

YouTube, which holds exclusive live streaming rights to the Indio, California gathering, reports that the first weekend of Coachella broke its own live streaming record, doubling its views over last year. Overall, Coachella racked up 89.2 million live views, marking the highest viewership since YouTube began streaming it in 2011 and marking the growth of 90%. Of all the acts performing at Coachella, only about 70 streamed their performances.

Coachella: Weekend 1 Breaks YouTube Live Streaming Records

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This year's lineup was a thick mix of headliners Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, and Tame Impala with acts across both weekends including Tierra Whack, Smino, YG, Jaden Smith, Little Simz, The 1975, Janelle Monae, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Murda Beatz, and even a live Sunday Service courtesy of Kanye West. 

This year, Coachella switched things up on the live stream front, taking viewers into the Yuma Tent during Weekend 2 for the very first time. Yuma is the designated destination for DJ acts that, this year, included sets by Idris Elba, Nicole Moudaber, and Deep Dish among others. In addition, specially curated content included interviews conducted by virtual Instagram personality Miquela.

Ariana Grande will close out this year's festivities with her second headlining run Sunday evening on the Empire Polo Grounds.