The Weeknd Is ‘Excited’ To Perform At Coachella, Wants To ‘Prove’ He’s The ‘Best’ At Festival

A source EXCLUSIVELY reveals that The Weeknd 'is not stressing' that he joined the Coachella performance lineup last minute to replace Kanye West.

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The Weeknd, 32, is gearing up for his big performance at Coachella music festival, where he and Swedish House Mafia are taking over Kanye West‘s headlining slot. “Even though everything is coming together at the last minute, Abel is not stressing about Coachella,” a source close to the “Blinding Lights” hitmaker tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “The fact that this is all being coordinated pretty much at the last minute isn’t much of a concern and he’s confident this will be pulled off without a hitch.”

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The Weeknd (Photo: Ashley Landis/AP/Shutterstock)

The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) is performing both Sundays of the festival, April 17 and 24. Kanye, 44, pulled out of the festival about two weeks before he was set to take the stage, meaning The Weeknd’s involvement was very last minute. However, as our insider notes, the four-time Grammy Award winner has “been in situations like this before where he’s had to make last minute adjustments, so this is nothing new. He’s the type of artist who is just focused on his work and doesn’t let outside distractions interfere at all.”

The source added of The Weeknd, “He has a very calm nature and doesn’t get stressed or frantic. He has an amazing team behind him, so he just wants to get out there and have fun, and he’s so excited to be working with Swedish House Mafia on this.” A second source told HL that since The Weeknd “killed” his Super Bowl 2021 Halftime Show performance, he’s not worried about Coachella. “He is going to show everyone why he is such an amazing performer and worth the price they are paying him. He’s excited to do what he loves for new and old fans. He is out to prove that even if they had other people in mind, he is the best option,” the insider shared.

Billie Eilish and Harry Styles are also headlining Coachella 2022 in Indio, California. The precise details of why Ye pulled out of the festival are still unknown. A previous report from TMZ said that Kanye’s set allegedly was going to include Travis Scott, who was pulled for the lineup following the Astroworld Tragedy in November. Kanye also skipped out on the 2022 Grammy Awards, after his performance was scrapped because of his online behavior.

Coachella begins on Friday, April 15, and concludes on Sunday, April 24. Additional performers include Megan Thee Stallion, Phoebe Bridgers, Doja Cat, Big Sean, and more.