While Beyoncé fans are in shock over the announcement of her pregnancy with twins in February, some future Coachella-goers for the 2017 festival season are heartbroken.
Set to headline the two-weekend music and art festival this spring in Indio, Beyoncé will no longer headline because of pregnancy concerns from her doctor.
Every year, Coachella’s lineup is filled with artists from legends to up-and-coming bands, and it is also home to largerthan-life artwork and food trucks.
Abigail Cathcart, sophomore early childhood studies major, attended the festival last year and plans to go again this year.
“I know a lot of people are upset about Beyoncé dropping out of the line-up and I even know of people who only bought a ticket to see her. However, I am not bummed about it,” Cathcart said. “Beyoncé is great, and it would have been a cool thing to see her perform, but there is so much more to Coachella than just one artist.”
Coachella typically has more than 200 artists perform each weekend, attracting music fans from all over the world.
As of March 1, the festival announced Lady Gaga is taking Beyoncé’s place in the line-up.
Adrianne Canady, sophomore marketing major, will be attending Coachella this year and said shewas satisfied to hear the announcement.
“Although I was excited to hear about Beyoncé performing at Coachella, I am just as excited for Gaga. I’m a fan of her music and I’m actually a little more excited for her extravagant performance and unmistakable throwback songs,” said Canady.
Even though Beyoncé will not perform at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival, it is speculated she will be headlining in 2018.
Cassie Vela, sophomore early childhood studies major, said she will attend again this spring no matter who is headlining. “I went last year and it was life-changing,” Vela said. “I’m still pretty bummed Beyoncé won’t be performing. On the other hand, I am so excited for Lady Gaga. To me, they are equal in their own category of art. I don’t see how she (Lady Gaga) could disappoint, especially for Coachella.”
Aly English, junior biology major, went to Coachella last year and said she encourages people to go regardless of who is headlining because it is fun to go with friends.
“I finished my last final, got straight in the car, drove to the desert and essentially let go of all my anxieties to experience my favorite music with a group of my closest friends. Nothing compares to running around in the heat with your favorite people in the most uplifting environment you could imagine,” English said