One of the biggest music festivals of the year kicks off today, and you don’t have to be camping in the desert to catch it.

Starting today at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET, YouTube will webcast the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival directly from Indio, California to your computer -- without the 98 degree heat! Thanks to 5GUM, Coachella and YouTube, the world will have a front row seat to over 60 acts being live-streamed all weekend long at youtube.com/Coachella.

Tune in to watch sets by some of the biggest names in music, as well as the bands that have critics buzzing. The lineup is nothing short of astonishing: Kings of Leon. Cee Lo Green. Mumford and Sons. The Strokes. Duran Duran. The National. Nas + Damian Marley. The Black Keys. Ms. Lauryn Hill. The list goes on.

But don’t just take our word for it: check out what the bands themselves have to say about why they’re psyched to play Coachella, and what acts they’re dying to see.



If you miss the live stream, be sure to check out highlights on Coachella’s channel next week. And get ready to rock!

Sarah Bardeen, Music Community Manager, recently watched “Coachella 2010.”