Kanye West is in charge of the 2022 Coachella Festival

Kanye West will lead the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, a source close to the artist said Wednesday.

The news was first reported by Billboard.

West (who is now leaving Ye) is in the final stages of confirming festival closing sets on consecutive Sundays, April 17th and 24th. The set on April 17, which falls on Easter Sunday, would reportedly be a version of his Sunday service gospel. theme show that West brought to Coachella in 2019.

An official announcement from Coachella promoter Goldenvoice is expected over the next few days. Other rumors about main names and top acts include Billie Eilish and the reunited EDM trio Swedish House Mafia.

West recently performed at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 9 with Drake in a benefit show for incarcerated former Chicago gang leader Larry Hoover. He released his latest album, “Donda”, on August 29 after a series of high-profile listening sessions.

The sold-out party’s original list of main names from 2020 included Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott. Scott has not performed since November, when 10 people died during his viewing at his Astroworld festival. Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett told The Times in August that Frank Ocean moved his headline set to 2023. Billboard reported that Rage Against the Machine will not be performing at the 2022 festival.

However, the threat from the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of coronavirus could complicate Coachella’s long-delayed return.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that the Grammy Awards, scheduled for Jan. 31 at the Crypto.com Arena in downtown LA, would be rescheduled. A new date has not been announced.

Coachella, which draws 125,000 fans a day for two weekends to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, could be threatened if local or state governments impose new restrictions on mass gatherings.

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