Yes, it's true. In a statement to the Associated Press, it was confirmed that Beyoncé won't be performing at Coachella this year. Major buzz kill, I know. But hey, if you think about it for a minute, this seemingly disappointing news could actually be good news.
First of all, it isn't the Queen Bey's fault. According to the statement Coachella festival producer Goldenvoice and Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment gave to the AP, it was Beyoncé's doctor who ordered her to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, which was why she "made the decision to forgo performing" at Coachella. So let's definitely not hate on Bey for making a decision for reasons related to her health.
If you've already gotten tickets to this year's Coachella, then hear me out before you get too disappointed. Beyoncé won't be performing, but the festival will undoubtedly get someone epic to make up for the loss of their headlining performer. The festival hasn’t yet announced a replacement (Bustle has reached out for comment, but not yet received a response), but given the fact that Bey would have been the first female act to headline Coachella since Bjork did back in 2007, it seems likely that another female headliner will be announced in the weeks to come.
Who could it be? Well, the Twitterverse seems to think that Lady Gaga would make for a good replacement to headline Coachella. And the thought does make sense. Gaga's epic Super Bowl performance reminded the world that the woman can put on a good show. So much so that her upcoming tour — which doesn't begin until August, leaving Gaga seemingly available to perform at Coachella in April — sold out in a matter of days.
Oh, and let's not forget that in the announcement Goldenvoice and Parkwood also confirmed that Beyoncé would headline Coachella in 2018, which could mean one awesome thing...
Beyoncé doing Coachella in 2018 means new album. New era. pic.twitter.com/fBhMlghoiN— GagaLovesBey (@BeyLovesGaga) February 23, 2017
New Beyoncé music in 2018? It's definitely possible! Bey release Lemonade back in April 2016, so by April 2018 it seems entirely likely that Beyoncé could have new music to promote at Coachella. Plus, if she's taking it easy due to doctor's orders then she could have plenty of time to write! All-in-all, there's really no reason to be disappointed. If anything, be excited about the potential possibility of another high-profile female Coachella headliner and the thought of new music from Beyoncé hopefully on the horizon.