Organisers for the California event announced the change via the Coachella website on Tuesday, explaining that the decision was made in order to accommodate larger audiences.
"In an effort to try and accommodate everyone who wants to experience the festival, Coachella 2012 will be two separate events, held over two consecutive weekends," read the statement. "We will attempt to produce two identical festival weekends. That means same lineup, same art, same place, different people.
"We know many of you were unable to attend this year's festival because passes sold out much sooner than anticipated. We were truly surprised by the overwhelming response and remain honoured by your passion and enthusiasm.
"We also know some of you purchased through non-legitimate sources and were inconvenienced, gouged or totally scammed. We hope that these changes will give everyone the opportunity to purchase directly from Coachella.com."
The first Coachella weekend will be held from April 13 to April 15, 2012, while the second will immediately follow from April 20 to April 22, 2012.
Pre-sale tickets for both events will go on sale online on June 3. Passes for the three-day festival cost $269 and can be purchased via a pay plan only during the pre-sale period.
Coachella's 2011 lineup included artists such as Robyn, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah, Kanye West, The National, The Strokes and Wiz Khalifa.