A week after speculative reports, Kanye West has now been confirmed as one of the headliners for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Billboard confirmed the festival’s official three-day lineup on Wednesday (Jan. 12).
The news arrives after Travis Scott, who was initially slated to headline the canceled festival in both 2020 and 2021, was pulled. Frank Ocean, who was also set to appear during the festival’s canceled years, will headline in 2023.
This year’s edition will mark a return to the Coachella stage for Kanye, who first headlined the festival in 2011. At the time, the Chicago native was joined on the festival lineup by co-headliners Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and The Strokes.
In 2019, Kanye also performed a special Easter Day Sunday Service at the festival with his Sunday Service Choir, during which he played songs like “Jesus Walks” and “Ultralight Beams.” Due to the popularity of the performance, which ended with a prayer led by the late DMX, Billboard reports that Kanye is aiming to hold another Sunday Service at Coachella this year.
The festival has suffered several delays and cancelations due to the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, but as of now, it’s set to kick off the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24 at the Empire Polo Grounds. Festival organizers previously said that attendees can either show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to gain entry.