By Leighton Ginn
Of all the people to withdraw from Coachella, Beyoncé was the toughest one to take for 2017.
Beyoncé is outside of Coachella’s comfort zone of indie acts, and its such a huge attraction that a large part of the tickets were purchased just for her appearance. She was also the first woman in a decade to headline, which promoters were probably hoping would end the “Brochella” nickname.
Due to doctor’s orders, Beyoncé cancelled, but promised to headline Coachella the next year.
So who can fill the large hole created by Beyoncé? When it comes to her stature and body of work, it’s an irreplaceable talent and it won’t satisfy her fans, who have seen the price plummet on the secondary market (the scalpers).
There are numerous great acts, but it’s apples and oranges.
And should it be a woman?
I think at this point, Coachella will have to take whoever it can get. A few woman can headline with the large appeal of Beyoncé, but are not necessarily a Coachella act. At this point, that might not be important.
For acts who don’t mind replacing Beyoncé, the other factor is putting on a headlining-worthy show on short notice. It makes it tough for acts who are not touring or rehearsing to pull the trigger.
Because let’s face it, expectations will be high, and people watching will be incredibly judgmental.
Here’s a look at possible replacements.
Her stock has always been high, and after her Super Bowl and Grammy performances, it’s skyrocketing.
Gaga would be the best option. She has a new CD and her world tour doesn’t begin until August. This would be a great jump start.
But Gaga will hit the West Coast in August and December, including shows at the Forum during both of those months. Will that be too much Gaga? And I’m not sure if the promoters of her tour would go for that.
Then again, the publicity could create an even bigger frenzy.
Another terrific possibility. Rihanna was at the Indio Polo Grounds in October performing with Paul McCartney and has been at Coachella as a fan and guest star with 2016 headliner Calvin Harris.
Currently, she has no tour dates. It could be asking a lot of her to put together a headlining act with rehearsals in what could be a one-off (or actually two-off) performance.
His tour doesn’t begin until July, and he would go over big with Coachella fans.
He’s never played.
But there could be an ego thing, in that he might want to play Coachella with a huge buildup that traditionally begins in January.
Not sure if he’s had regular talks with Goldenvoice, so who knows if it would be a good fit.
I think she would be a great headliner, but maybe being a replacement would be a bad move.
Although gracious at the Grammys, not sure Adele fans are also Beyoncé fans and vice versa. While Adele has a huge following, it might not satisfy the ticket buyers. Generally, Adele’s shows are more stripped down, compare to the large productions you get from Beyoncé.
She would be great at Coachella, but the cards might be too stacked in replacing Beyoncé. .
He’s been a last minute addition for promoters Goldenvoice, and he’s been a great headliner at Coachella. Plus, Kanye wouldn’t have to travel far.
But of course he had personal issues that prematurely ended his tour and saw him in the hospital following his breakdown.
You hope that he will be healthy before considering taking on Coachella.
Considering what Lemonade is about, maybe it’s not a good idea for Jay Z to be away from his pregnant wife to perform at Coachella over two weekends.
I’ve said U2 and Green Day in a former blog. And it would make sense since their schedules could accommodate it. But again, short notice and their music might not satisfy the Beyoncé ticket buyers.