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Is Beyonce readying a Netflix special based on her legendary 2018 Coachella performance?

The streaming giant has dropped hints of a Beyonce-inspired project on social media

Beyonce's performance at Coachella 2018 was politically-charged. AP Photo.
Beyonce's performance at Coachella 2018 was politically-charged. AP Photo.

Is Beyonce the next super-star to release a concert film on Netflix?

Well, we don't know just yet, but we are set to find out on April 17 when the singer is heavily tipped to drop something on the streaming service.

The news of the possible collaboration comes after Netflix tweeted a cryptic picture with the words "Homecoming", over a yellow background, accompanied by the date.

It didn’t take long for dedicated and eagle-eyed Beyonce fans to start coming to their own conclusions.

They were quick to spot the title’s font and colour scheme is equal to the tour merchandise Beyonce sold as part of her acclaimed performance at the US festival Coachella in 2018.

Also, with the festival set to run once again from April 12 for two weekends worth of shows, one can reasonably assume the upcoming release will be strongly linked to her Coachella set.

Watching the spectacle live that day was Dubai music promoter Thomas Ovesen, the man who brought some of the biggest shows to the UAE, such as Justin Bieber (2017) and One Direction (2015), to name a few.

Speaking to The National on Monday before jetting off to the US to catch another dose of Coachella, he said he was blown away by the size of Beyonce’s production last year.

“She had the biggest stage crew I have ever seen,” he said.

“The show was alarmist and over-produced for an open air festival show but wow is she good. She is just in a class of her own and the Coachella crowd, which is this mix of nationalities, age groups and cultures, licked it up and proved not only that urban music is the new pop and Beyonce was the queen.”

If it does in fact feature concert footage of that show, then we are in for a treat. After all, Ovesen isn't the only one to heap praise on the singer's politically potent headlining set; others have described it as "legendary".

Beyonce performs Saturday during the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Kyle Grillot
Beyonce performs Saturday during the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Kyle Grillot

The New York Times lauded the performance, labelling it an "education in black expression…. A melange of New Orleans and its horns, Houston and its chopped and screwed beats, Brooklyn and its rap velocity, Kingston and its dance hall, and Nigeria and the legacy of its dissenter, Fela Kuti.”

In addition to reuniting with her former Destiny's Child band mates for a medley of hits, Beyonce’s show also included a full marching band and costumes full of African American iconography such as Nefertiti and the Black Power fist.

Beyonce performs with the original members of Destiny's Child Saturday during the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Kyle Grillot
Beyonce performs with the original members of Destiny's Child Saturday during the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Kyle Grillot

Updated: April 8, 2019 01:44 PM

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