Lollapalooza Calls off Israel Edition

Lollapalooza Crowd - 2012 H

The music festival has been expanding internationally, but the planned Mideast event reportedly had problems booking talent, among other things.

Music festival Lollapalooza has called off a Mideast edition that was scheduled to take place in Israel this summer -- at least for now.

While the festival organizers gave no specific reason for the decision, a spokeswoman characterized it as a postponement, the LA Times reported.

Lollapalooza Israel was announced last year and scheduled to take place Aug. 20-22 at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park.

Lollapalooza originally started as a touring festival, 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 canceled shows in Israel amid protests and pressure, according to the LAT.


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