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Madonna to Play Coachella

Singer will make her first-ever festival performance in April

March 1, 2006 11:38 AM ET

Madonna will play her first festival date, at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 30th at Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. The pop star will take the stage with her band under the dance-heavy Sahara Tent.

"I've never performed at a festival," said Madonna. "And I'm especially excited about playing at Coachella before I start my own tour." She joins a massive bill that includes industrial act Tool, dark pop-rockers Depeche Mode, post-punk act Franz Ferdinand, rapper Common, and buzzed-about reggae newcomers Matisyahu and Damian Marley.

The pop icon is readying a summer tour in support of her latest album, Confessions on a Dance Floor, which debuted at Number One in November. According to her rep Liz Rosenberg, the tour will emphasize new material -- with a few hits thrown in -- and feature dancers from David LaChapelle's krumping documentary, Rize.

Madonna recently underwent a minor operation for a hernia at a Los Angeles hospital following her February 8th Grammy performance with Gorillaz. The pop diva, 47, has since fully recovered.

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