Beyonce Pulls Out Of Coachella On Doctor's Advice, Will Headline 2018 Festival
Beyonce at the 59th Grammy Awards. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Beyonce, oft-regarded as the most unstoppable force on Earth, has pulled out of the lineup for Coachella 2017, reports the Associated Press.
Beyonce's management team, in conjunction with Goldenvoice (which organizes the festival), said in a statement that doctors had advised her to keep a "less rigorous schedule." Queen Bey is currently pregnant with twins.
Not all is lost, however. The statement also went on to say that "she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival."
The news was confirmed on the festival's Facebook page:
Beyonce was scheduled to perform on April 15 and 22, with Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar headlining the other dates. Looking at the lineups for both April 15 and 22, we don't see an act that comes remotely close to Beyonce's superstar status— we're guessing it's unlikely that Bon Iver or Gucci Mane (who are both playing those dates) will be boosted to the main billing.
So who's going to take over for Beyonce? We humbly suggest that Goldenvoice give Solange a call. It's just a thought. To support our recommendation, here's a video of the sisters having a blast at 2014's Coachella (Bey came out as a surprise guest for Solange's set):
TMZ reported that, at this year's Grammys, Beyonce reassured her production crew that they would all be compensated even if the Coachella dates got canceled (she was pretty confident they would happen at the time, however).
Some people weren't, uh, very receptive towards the announcement:
I bought my fucking Coachella ticket for nothing.— 🦄 (@jointalbum) February 23, 2017
I will sell my tickets @coachella— I guess it's (@PlatinumChanelD) February 23, 2017
I literally only bought a Coachella ticket for Beyoncé. This is stupid. Who wants my ticket?!— Amanda Castillo (@ACastillo121) February 23, 2017
I'd rather get a refund and attend next year @coachella 🙄— Ang (@wamboyy) February 23, 2017
I just looked...— Arthur Gilliam (@arthur_gilliam) February 23, 2017
NO REFUNDS! NO EXCHANGES!#Coachella
Come on guys, there's still Banks & Steelz, Paul Banks and RZA's side project.