Solange Knowles is officially out of the 2019 Coachella lineup.
You hate to see it, but according to TMZ, theWhen I Get Home artist was forced to bail out of this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival due to several band members falling ill.
According to sources close to the gossip site, production became an issue. Especially after realizing finding replacements for her bandmates would be too difficult.
“We’re told Solange tried out several different musicians, but it just didn’t work, the TMZ source claims. “Mainly because Solange and co. couldn’t figure out how to work in all the new pieces,” they continued.
The music festival’s official Twitter account first announced the news Sunday night.
“Due to major production delays, Solange will unfortunately no longer be performing at this year’s festival,” the tweet read. “She sends her sincerest apologies, and looks forward to performing at Coachella in the future.”
Due to major production delays, Solange will unfortunately no longer be performing at this year's festival. She sends her sincerest apologies, and looks forward to performing at Coachella in the future.
— Coachella (@coachella) April 8, 2019
“We’re told Solange didn’t feel like she could deliver a great show for Coachella … and she ultimately decided to pull the plug. She told a bunch of people she didn’t want a half-assed show,” the TMZ source said.
Maybe her sister’s show was in the back of her head? Maybe she knew she didn’t have what it took to follow up?
Last year when Beyoncé turned Coachella into “Beychella” it didn’t take reflection for the millions watching to know they were possibly witnessing the greatest live performance of all-time. For starters, Beyoncé was the first Black woman to ever headline the festival.
There’s even a Netflix doc debuting called Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé, which gives an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the performance from conception to completion — I’d pull out if my starters weren’t suiting up either.
We know, now, not to expect Beyoncé when we hear Solange and vice versa. Still, Mrs. Carter set a bar. Plus, we can’t be mad at sis for wanting to make sure she clears it.
Coachella scheduled Solange to perform alongside Kid Cudi, Weezer, Tame Impala, J Balvin and Aphex Twin. She was devastated that she had to cancel, allegedly. But the festival has also had hiccups with other big-name acts this year…
Kanye West was originally scheduled to perform but pulled out right before the New Year’s announcement because the festival allegedly denied his request to build a giant dome.
The festival replaced Kanye with Ariana Grande as the headlining performance. Still, Coachella invited Ye again, this time offering a ‘whole mountain’ for him to perform on.
He announced the news at his latest Sunday Service that he would bring his gospel-inspired performance to Coachella’s second weekend on April 21, Easter Sunday, at 9 a.m. West told last weekend’s Sunday Service attendees,
“We were out in Palm Springs and they took us to a little campground because we were thinking about a little performance in Palm Springs, just a little one. Then they had a mountain, he had a mountain waiting for us.”
Although it’s a bummer Solange isn’t performing, maybe it means she’s going to make it up in a real way. Until then, speedy recovery for her crew.