TEL AVIV, Israel (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — After successfully staging Lollapalooza-branded festivals in Brazil and Chile last year, festival organizers have backed away from plans to expand the brand into Israel this year. Lolla Tel Aviv was planned for Aug 20th-22nd, 2013 at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv.
Reasons for the cancellation of the event were not given, but Israeli news outlets reported in December that the event's promoters were having trouble securing headlining talent for the event, as well as facing financial and production challenges at the intended venue for the event. In recent years, artists such as the Pixies, Elvis Costello and Stevie Wonder have been pressured over performing in Israel and canceled gigs, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The festival still remains on Israeli promoter Plug Productions, but has been removed from the main Lollapalooza website operated by C3 Presents. A spokesman for the event characterized the cancellation to the L.A. Times as a postponement.
Originally a touring festival, Lollapalooza has made its home in Chicago since 2005. Last year, the festival expanded to two additional events in South America and partnered with Australian festival producer Big Day Out. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers