She’s just too big a name for that venue, which is essentially a parking lot in the middle of the city, so the throngs of people would be unmanageable. The decision was made based on public safety concerns, and the organization said a show hosting a star of Gaga’s caliber would require “the necessary permanent infrastructure.”
Of course, big stars are no stranger to the festival, so the capability is there. Prince and Justin Timberlake performed there last year, and this year iTunes Fest is bringing the likes of Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and freaking Pitbull. If Gaga is serious about bringing artRAVE to Austin, she’ll have to ditch her elaborate plans to come out of a giant snack machine dressed as an avant garde tortilla chip as a commentary on the oxymoronic nature of Cool Ranch, a chip full of spice yet described as cool. Or whatever.