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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Yeezy is going to make an appearance at Coachella after all.
In a tweet posted Sunday from the festival’s account, a video clip shows Kanye West at his latest “Sunday Service” confirms he’s bringing his series of gospel concerts to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 21.
“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” he says in the video. “Then they had a mountain, he had a mountain waiting for us.
“We had a date waiting for us. Only one date that that mountain would be available: Easter Sunday at Coachella.
“So the confirmation was confirmed last night. That Sunday Service will be at Easter Sunday at Coachella. 9 a.m.”
Sunday Service is the rapper’s new series of Sunday morning concerts. In video clips taken at the events by his wife, Kim Kardashian West, he can be seen performing alongside a gospel choir in a dimly lit venue as well as outdoors.
Earlier this year, there were multiple reports that West pulled out of Coachella after Goldenvoice producers wouldn’t build him a dome. On Jan. 1, West told festival co-founder Paul Tollett he needed a “giant, custom-built,” John McGuire-designed dome to perform at the festival, just days before he was set to be announced as a headliner, according to Billboard.
This year’s festival takes place April 12-14 and 19-21 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.
But rumors about West’s possible return had already been swirling on Reddit earlier this month, after a March 13 post that West was “getting a huge dome for Coachella.”
“It’s a huge announcement!!!” the post from Reddit user YUMMYVHS read. “They are building a huge dome just for him.”
On March 14, a Desert Sun reporter drove around the Empire Polo Club grounds and did not see a dome.
Gospel artist Fred Hammond added to the rumor mill with a March 11 tweet. After attending the wedding of Chance the Rapper and wife Kirsten Corley two days earlier, Hammond said it was “an amazing event” and he had “got invited to Coachella to ssing (sic) this is the day!”
West was also a guest at the wedding.
Reddit user YUMMYVHS said West sampled Hammond in recent Sunday Services on midi keyboard.
Adding fuel to the fire were two Kardashian-Jenner home sales in the eastern Coachella Valley, home to the festival. On Aug. 8, a trust with documented ties to family matriarch Kris Jenner bought a seven-bedroom property in the Madison Club nearby La Quinta. While it was not confirmed which members of the Kardashian clan were the new owners, some thought it could serve as a home base for West as a festival headliner.
In March, Kylie Jenner paid $3.25 million for Madison Club land near Kris’ desert pad. The Desert Sun reported a trust linked to the 21-year-old socialite bought an undeveloped plot of land overlooking a La Quinta fairway.
The clan spent Thanksgiving at Kris’ home last year. In February, Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and a friend took a trip to the desert – again spending time at Kris’ home.
A teaser for the new season of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” shows Kris and a few others outside on a backyard patio, which seems to be at the La Quinta home.
When it comes to the music festival, West is a Goldenvoice favorite. He performed an acclaimed headlining set at the 2011 Coachella and then, when Frank Ocean cancelled at the Goldenvoice-produced FYF Festival in Los Angeles in 2015, West stepped in and gave another standout performance.
Contributing: Brian De Los Santos, Amy DiPierro and Bruce Fessier in Palm Springs
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