The inaugural Lollapalooza Colombia has been canceled after organizers lost one of the festival’s headliners and weren’t able to find a replacement, according to a statement on the event’s website.
“Organizers of Lollapalooza Colombia want to express their deep thanks to all fans who supported the fest from day one, as well as sponsors and supporters,” reads the statement, which was posted in Spanish on Friday (July 1).
Ticket holders will receive a full refund.
Following the cancelation, Colombia’s RCN Radio reported that Rihanna was the supposed headliner who dropped out, and that organizers didn’t have time to find a replacement with equal star power, the New York Daily News reports. The singer was reportedly invited to play the fest, but wasn’t available for the dates.
Read Lollapalooza Colombia’s full translated statement below:
After its lead artist canceled just hours before the festival was slated to announce the lineup, and faced with difficulties in finding the right replacement, the organizers of the festival have been forced to cancel the inaugural Lollapalooza Colombia. The fest was set for Sept. 17 and 18 in Parque Simon Bolivar in Bogota.
Everyone who purchased tickets will receive full reimbursement, including the service cost.
Organizers of Lollapalooza Colombia want to express their deep thanks to all fans who supported the fest from day one, as well as sponsors and supporters. We hope we can come back in the future and make this first edition of the festival a reality.