After a lot of speculation on will she, won’t she – Beyoncé has disappointed fans by letting out an official statement that she indeed, will not be performing at Coachella 2017. Though festival goers were ecstatic that Queen Bey was going to headline the two weekend music and culture festival this year, for the first time, they will need to make-do with out her for now.
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“Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyoncé has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be the headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding.”
This was only the second time that a woman was headlining the famous California desert festival. The last one was Bjork who had taken the stage in 2007. Beyoncé was set to perform on both weekends of Coachella – April 15 & 22. The only time she ever made it to the festival was to dance alongside her sister Solange during the latter’s performance. Beyoncé last took the stage at the 59th Grammy Awards 2017 where she appeared for the first time since her Instagram announcement of her pregnancy with twins.
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The other two major headliners for Coachella 2017 – Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead, will continue their with their spots on April 16 & 23 and April 14 & 21, respectively. And now the big question remains as to who is going to fill the big golden shoes of Beyoncé. Those who already bought tickets for the festival are unlikely to receive a refund, because tickets specifically state: “line-up subject to change, no refunds”. Speculations have risen that Chance The Rapper might take the stage, since he is already performing at a number of festivals this year. Anything is possible – Rihanna, who would make a good replacement headlining the show or even Katy Perry, who is making waves with her new single, Chained To The Rhythm with Skip Marley. The possibilities are endless, though sources say that there literally is no act of Beyoncé’s stature that could entertain a young crowd, like majority of the festival-goers.
Even though Beyoncé may be out of the picture this year, there are a number of confirmed performers that are great – Lorde, DJ Khaled, Bon Iver, Tove Lo, Father John Misty, Travis Scott, among others. Ticket sales have actually dropped by 12% since the announcement of Beyoncé’s exit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing. She’s coming in 2018, right?
And Twitter, of course, starting having a field day since Beyoncé’s dropping out. You just can’t miss some of the comments being made in the Twitterverse –
People: I WANT MY REFUND BECAUSE BEYONCE IS NOT PERFORMING
— Randy (@RandyOnColbert) February 23, 2017
When you not mad Beyoncé cancelled Coachella cause you didn't buy a ticket to go in the first place pic.twitter.com/oIBIOUZRg5
— Kayoncé 🐝 (@OhHappyKayy) February 23, 2017
Let me find out they try and bring Taylor Swift to replace Beyonce's headlining spot at Coachella pic.twitter.com/vSDEnIAJ8N
— Thickerita (@adub1004) February 23, 2017
*Beyonce announces pregnancy*
Coachella: hey are you still coming?
Cochella: ok coo-
— Auntie E (@ErikaBaDoIt) February 23, 2017
Everyone already knew Beyoncé wasn’t doing Coachella…except Coachella. pic.twitter.com/H3TktXNQTh
— K a r i o. (@itsKARY_) February 23, 2017