Lollapalooza has called off a Mideast edition that was scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel this summer. While the festival organizers gave no specific reason for the decision, a statement on its Facebook page confirmed 2013 was not in the cards.
“Friends, we’re sorry,” the post, written in Hebrew, began. “Unfortunately, not all events can be predicted and therefore the festival will not take place in the summer of 2013. We continue to work vigorously on all fronts and promise to update [with] any developments as soon as we can.”
Lollapalooza Israel was announced last year and scheduled to take place Aug. 20-22 at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.
The festival originally started as a touring event, but then set up Chicago as its regular location in 2005. But in recent years, its organizer, C3 Presents, has been working on expanding the brand internationally with festivals in such countries as Brazil and Chile.
Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell’s band Jane’s Addiction has played in Israel. But the LA Times said that Israeli news organizations reported late last year that organizers for the Israel edition had trouble drawing top talent amid the always-delicate political situation in the Mideast and faced financial and production challenges.
In recent years, the likes of Elvis Costello and The Pixies have cancelled shows in Israel amid protests and pressure, according to the LAT.