Superstar Prince is reportedly set to make a surprise return to the stage at the Coachella music festival this weekend (11-13Apr14), six years after headlining the California event.

A representative for the Purple Rain icon's female backing band, 3rd Eyed Girl, took to early on Friday (11Apr14) to reveal that their weekly Paisley Park After Dark party at Prince's studio in Minnesota will be taking a break.

The post reads: "Paisley Park After Dark Will Resume Next Friday/18 And Saturday/19 AS Prince WILL B (sic) Attending Coachella Festival This Weekend."

The news has sparked speculation Prince and 3rd Eyed Girl will stage a secret show while in the Indio desert.

He previously delighted fans as a headlining act in 2008.

If Prince does perform at Coachella, he won't be the only unexpected act - rapper Master P and his No Limit Records cohorts are confirmed to play at the festival on Sunday (13Apr14) after his rapper/actor son Romeo let slip the news on Thursday (10Apr14).

Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire will headline the 2014 festivities, which take place over two weekends.