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Lady Gaga will headline both weekends of Coachella, Billboard has learned, replacing Beyonce, who postponed her performances after announcing she was pregnant with twins. Gaga will fill in for Beyonce on consecutive Saturday nights (April 15 and 22) at Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif. Officials with festival organizers Goldenvoice and AEG Live are finalizing plans to bring Gaga’s huge stage production to Coachella and will make the announcement in the coming days, according to sources.
The high-profile replacement comes just five days after representatives for Beyonce informed AEG’s Goldenvoice that the “Formation” singer would not be performing at North America’s highest-grossing annual festival based on her doctor’s advice; Beyonce could have been in the third trimester of her pregnancy during the double-weekend billing. Beyoncé will instead perform at Coachella in 2018.
Lady Gaga will add the double Coachella slot to her already busy 2017 tour schedule, announced shortly after her critically acclaimed performance at Super Bowl LI in Houston. Gaga’s Joanne World Tour kicks off Aug. 1 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., and includes three nights at the Forum in Los Angeles as well as stops at iconic stadiums like Wrigley Field in Chicago, Citi Field in New York and Fenway Park in Boston.
It was important to Coachella organizers that a female performer replace Beyonce, insiders tells Billboard, making Gaga the first woman to headline the fest since Bjork in 2007.
Lady Gaga will be joined at Coachella by fellow headliners Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar, as well as the XX, Bon Iver, Future, Lorde and Justice. The festival runs April 14-16 and April 21-23.
Billboard has reached out to Gaga’s rep for comment.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.
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