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Travis Scott out of Coachella 2022 lineup


Nepalnews
2021 Dec 12, 14:25, Washington
Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. Photo: AP

Rapper and songwriter Travis Scott has reportedly been removed from the lineup of performances for the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

As per Variety, a Change.org petition was started in the days after the tragedy, demanding his removal from Coachella's lineup. The petition has gathered nearly 60,000 signatures as of this writing.

Reps for the artist, the festival and the city of Indio, California, where it is held, have not confirmed the report.

Sources say the festival informed Scott's longtime agent, Cara Lewis of the Cara Lewis Group, of its intent to pull Scott from the bill, which he was to headline, and that it would pay a kill fee for the cancellation, typically 25 per cent. An insider added that Lewis has been steadfast in trying to keep the slot, which would have marked Scott's return to the stage after Astroworld, offering to relinquish the performance fee entirely.

Coachella, which launched in 1999, is the biggest music festival in North America, with a capacity of 125,000. The 2022 edition is already sold out and offering a waitlist for tickets and packages.

But despite the lack of clarity, it is difficult to imagine Scott performing at any music festival in the near future in the wake of his Houston concert. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed in the wake of the Astroworld tragedy, naming Scott, guest performer Drake, promotor Live Nation and various other individuals affiliated with NRG Park and Scoremore Holdings as defendants.

Scott has expressed remorse over the tragedy, stating earlier this week during an interview with Charlamagne Tha God that he was not aware that serious injuries had occurred until after his performance. While he has since provided full refunds to all Astroworld attendees, offered to pay for the funeral costs of the victims and cancelled other upcoming concert appearances, his efforts largely have met with a tepid response.

Scott was first announced as a Coachella headliner nearly two years ago, in January of 2020, along with Frank Ocean and Rage Against the Machine. While the festival has been postponed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rage and Scott remained on its most recent lineup, with Ocean recently deferring his appearance to 2023.

According to Variety, with Scott's presumed withdrawal, Coachella apparently now has two new headliners to announce; Swedish House Mafia announced in October that they will be performing at the 2022 event, although it remains unclear whether or not they will be a headliner. However, the festival traditionally announces its lineup during the first days of the new year, and it seems likely that other performers, as well as any new headliners, will be announced at that time -- assuming pandemic conditions allow the festival to proceed.

The Coachella festival is scheduled to take place on the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California, with the country-themed Stagecoach festival scheduled to take place on the following weekend.

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