Lady GaGa has been confirmed as the headliner of this year’s Coachella Festival in April, after Beyonce was forced to pull out due to her pregnancy.

Gaga made the news official on Twitter, early Tuesday morning, posting a pic of the updated line-up poster, along with the caption: “Let’s party in the desert!”.

Lady GagaLady Gaga will headline this year’s Coachella, in place of Beyonce

Gaga will headline on both Saturday nights (April 15 and  22) at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. The official word came just hours after Billboard reported that organisers were: “finalising plans to bring Gaga's huge stage production to Coachella”.

Billboard added that it was important for organisers to find a female performer for their replacement, as Beyonce was set to be the first woman to headline the festival since Björk in 2007 a honour which now falls to Gaga.

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The headlining slot comes during a busy year for Gaga, who’ll be kicking off her Joanne World Tour on August 1 in Vancouver. Also headlining this year’s festival are Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar.

Last week Beyonce announced she would no longer be able to perform at the festival, due to her pregnancy. In a statement, Coachella organisers said: “Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyoncé has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

“However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding.” This year’s Coachella takes place on the weekends of April 14-16 and 21-23.