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Lollapalooza Colombia cancels inaugural fest after headliner pulls out

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Lollapalooza Colombia has canceled its inaugural festival after its headliner pulled out, leaving them without sufficient time to find a replacement. Although Lollapalooza didn’t specify who the headliner was, Colombia news outlets are reporting that it was Rihanna and she dropped out due to concerns about the Zika virus. (Rihanna’s reps did not immediately respond to EW’s requests for comment.)

“The organizers wish to express their deep appreciation to all the fans who supposed the festival since day one, as well as the sponsors and the media partners,” they said in a statement (written in Spanish) on their official website. “We hope to return in the future to realize this first edition of Lollapalooza in the country.”

Lollapalooza first began as a Chicago-based music festival before expanding to Chile in 2011. Since then, Lollapalooza has also launched editions in Brazil, Argentina, and Germany. 

“We have had the ambition to bring Lollapalooza to Colombia for some time now, and have found partners who are true professionals and share our passion for the music,” Lollapalooza founder and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell said in a 2015 statement. “Fans in Colombia have a true love of alternative music and we are excited for the rest of the world to find out what we already know about this wonderful country.”

The lineup included Lana del Rey, Disclosure, Wiz Khalifa, and more. The festival, originally scheduled for Sept. 17 and 18 in Bogotá, is offering ticket holders refunds. Find out more on their website

 

 

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