Following advice of her doctors’ Beyoncé, pregnant with twins, will not play Coachella this year, after all. Her Instagram post and her belly-cradling Grammys performance raised questions, but Bey fans were still hoping for the best. Coachella first started in October of 1999 with headliners Beck, the Chemical Brothers, Tool, Morrissey, Rage Against the Machine; and other acts like Jurassic 5 and Underworld. It’s presently one of the most profitable and famous music festivals the world over. The 2016 festival sold 198,000 tickets and grossed $94 million.
In a statement, Beyoncé’s company, Parkwood Entertainment, and Goldenvoice, the promoter behind the festival, confirmed that Beyoncé has pulled out of the event, over two weekends in April, “following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months. However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding.” the statement said, according to The Associated Press. Goldenvoice has not announced whether it will have a replacement for Beyoncé, and representatives of the company did not immediately respond to press request for comment.
Beyoncé’s booking, announced in early January, was a big come up for Coachella, representing the first time that the 18-year-old festival had booked a mega pop act — with a full choreographed show on its main stage. In fact Beyonce would have been one of the few women selected as a headlining act for this brand.
Coachella is scheduled for the weekends of April 14-16 and 21-23, in Indio, Calif., featuring Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and other cool headliners.