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Best of Coachella 2006

INDIO, California (AP)  – Just weeks after announcing that she is planning a scaled-down U.S. tour, Madonna has signed on to play her first-ever festival date. The singer will set up under the big top at this year’s Coachella festival in Indio, California, to perform a set with her band in the massive DJ-heavy Sahara Tent on April 30.

“I’ve never performed at a festival,” Madonna said in a press release announcing the rare gig. “And I’m especially excited about playing at Coachella before I start my own tour.”

It’s an unexpected move for the pioneering festival, which has booked everyone from hardcore dance/electronic acts Fatboy Slim and Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers and Prodigy as headliners in the Sahara Tent in the past, but never an international pop star on the level of Madonna. But that’s kind of the point, according to Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollette, the show’s promoter.

Photos by Brian Moghadam