Coachella music festival
Coachella 2016 returns to Indio, California on 15 April for two weekends of live musicREUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Coachella 2016 is getting ready to kick off, which means two weeks of outdoor fun, a great line-up of live music and – of course – an abundance of celebrities to keep an eye out for. The annual event, officially named Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, takes place across two weekends and boasts a variety of activities in both the music and arts fields.

The mega jamboree kicks off on 15 April, so before one of the biggest music events gets into full swing, IBTimes UK has put together all the important information you need to know – from who is performing to the weather forecast and those bustling celebrity-filled parties.

TRAVEL

For those in California and surrounding areas of Indio, driving to Coachella may be the best option. You can also opt for Valley Music Travel, which offers airport travel between LAX and the festival, including the box office and a number of hotels in the area. Uber will be a popular mode of transport this year and Coachella have set up an Uber lounge where you can wait for your driver to pick you up or be dropped off. For further travel options, visit the Coachella website.

THE LINE-UP

Coachella offers something to suit every music taste, two weekends filled with an eclectic schedule of performances. Here are some sets you will not want to miss:

Friday 15 and 22 April

LCD Soundsytem – headliner

Ellie Goulding

Jack U

The Kills

Foals

Of Monsters And Men

Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding will perform at Coachella 2016 on Friday 15 and 22 AprilChristopher Polk/Getty Images

G-Eazy

Rae Sremmurd

Joey Bada$$

DJ Mustard

Years & Years

DJ EZ

Saturday 16 and 23 April

Guns N' Roses - headliner

Ice Cube

Disclosure

Zedd

Calvin Harris Wireless
Calvin Harris will headline Coachella 2016 on Saturday 17 and 24 AprilAdam Bettcher/Getty Images

A$AP Rocky

Chvrches

James Bay

Grimes

Vince Staples

Sunday 17 and 24 April

Calvin Harris

Sia

Major Lazer

Ice Cube
Ice Cube will entertain the masses on Saturday 16 and 23 April at Coachella 2016Jason Merritt / Getty

The 1975

Chris Stapleton

Wolf Alice

Alessia Cara

WHERE TO WATCH

Music fans not able to attend Coachella 2016 can still watch all the on-stage magic from around the world. YouTube have confirmed they will livestream performances, but a schedule of times and the acts they will show are yet to be announced.

THE WEATHER FORECAST

Make sure your daisy duke shorts and crop tops are packed because Indio will be sweltering on launch weekend. Temperatures will begin at 86F on 15 April and soar to as high as 96F the following Friday.

Coachella 2016 weather
Coachella 2016 will be scorching hot with temperatures soaring to as high as 96FWeatherChannel.com

THE CELEBRITY GUESTS AND PARTIES

Celebrities typically flock to Coachella in their droves, and 2016 should be no different. Regular faces who attend every year without fail include Vanessa Hudgens, Jared Leto, Kate Bosworth, Katy Perry and Paris Hilton, who has visited for nine years consecutively. Both weekends will be filled with parties you want to try and get entry to, including the following:

Friday 15 April

What: Cabana Club

Where: Avalon Hotel

Who: Blurred Lines model Emily Ratajowski will play host.

Saturday 16 April

What: Bootsy Bellows Pool Party

Vanessa Hudgens Coachella
Vanessa Hudgens is a regular at Coachella festival having attended almost every year since 2011Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

Where: Private Estate

Who: Performances will come from Post Malone, who is currently supporting Justin Bieber on tour, and Moxie Raia.

Sunday 17 April

What: Desert House

Where: Private Estate

Who: Hosted by rapper A$AP Rocky.