Didn’t score tickets to Coachella 2012? Actually, now in fact may be be the best time to buy. A combination of forecasted rain — which, if it happens, will be the first-ever measured precipitation at the annual desert fest — and twice as many tickets to go around thanks to the addition of a second weekend this year make pass prices the cheapest they’ve ever been on the resale market.

That said, relatively cheap tickets don’t necessarily mean you’re going to drop everything and book a flight to nearby Palm Springs International Airport. But you don’t actually have to attend the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to revel in its glory. As in past years, select performances from each day’s schedule will be webcast live from Indio, Calif., starting the first weekend on Friday afternoon at 3:55PM PT with James on the Coachella stage and running all the way through to Florence + the Machine‘s Sunday night headlining performance at 9:45PM PT on the Outdoor stage (a scheduled 10:35PM PT webcast currently is listed as TBA, but we’re going to go out on a limb and predict that it will in fact be Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, the only scheduled gig in that time slot).

So, while you won’t be able to wander the Coachella grounds snapping Instagrams and tweeting your jealous friends back home, you can still catch some sure-to-be stellar live performances from some of the hottest bands and artists in the land — and think how much you’ll save on brew.

Friday’s webcast schedule alone reads like a virtual Who’s Who of indie rock, with electro-rockers Neon Indian, New York post-punkers the Rapture, garage rock duo the Black Keys, instrumental post-rock guitar orchestra Explosions in the Sky and electropop act M83 among the two dozen artists with streaming sets. Check out the day’s complete lineup below and then head over to this YouTube page when you’re ready to begin watching.

Coachella 2012 Friday Webcast Schedule

3:55PM PT — James | Channel 1

4:00PM PT — GIVERS | Channel 2

4:10PM PT — honeyhoney | Channel 3

4:40PM PT — Neon Indian | Channel 1

5:00PM PT — Gary Clark Jr. | Channel 2

5:05PM PT — Grouplove | Channel 3

5:25 M PT — Jimmy Cliff & Tim Armstrong | Channel 1

6:00PM PT — Yuck | Channel 3

6:20PM PT — Dawes | Channel 2

6:30PM PT — Arctic Monkeys | Channel 1

7:00PM PT — Wu Lyf | Channel 3

7:10PM PT — Madness | Channel 2

7:50PM PT — Pulp | Channel 1

8:15PM PT — Frank Ocean | Channel 2

8:15PM PT — Ximena Sarinan | Channel 3

8:50PM PT — Mazzy Star | Channel 1

9:10PM PT — The Rapture | Channel 2

9:45PM PT — The Black Keys | Channel 1

10:05PM PT — Explosions in the Sky | Channel 3

10:50PM PT — The Black Angels | Channel 3

11:15PM PT — M83 | Channel 1

11:20PM PT — Refused | Channel 2

12:10AM PT — Amon Tobin | Channel 2

12:25AM PT — Swedish House Mafia | Channel 1