Fans hoping to see French pop act Christine and the Queens at weekend two of Coachella this Saturday will be disappointed to hear that the popular singer will no longer be performing. The reason for the band’s absence at the upcoming festival is due to the death of Héloïse Letissier’s mother, which the singer announced in a post to her Twitter account on Thursday afternoon. The band was scheduled to perform at the Outdoor Theatre at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday.
“I can only write very simple sentences,” Letissier said in the somber statement shared to her social media account. “I lost my mother on Tuesday night. I came home to go through this ordeal with my loved ones-I won't be able to sing this Saturday. I kiss you.”
Letissier and her band were also scheduled to perform at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, California alongside Blood Orange on Thursday, but pulled out last minute due to the emergency, forcing the show to be canceled. Fans who purchased tickets to Thursday’s Santa Barbara show may seek a refund at point of purchase. Coachella organizers have not yet announced whether or not another act would come on as the band’s replacement.
Letissier and her band have been busy since the release of her sophomore studio album, Chris, arrived back in September. She’s scheduled to join up with Florence + The Machine as the support act for a brief run of North American concert dates beginning next month on May 15. Christine and the Queens will be the support act when Florence headlines two nights at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 20-21. Tickets to both shows are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here. Fans can also click here to read AXS' coverage of Christine and the Queens' recent performance at New York City's Brooklyn Steel as part of their ongoing tour in support of Chris.