Lollapalooza Cancels Inaugural Colombian Festival, Reportedly Because Of Rihanna
Lollapalooza’s inaugural festival in Colombia has been canceled, reportedly because a headliner pulled out of the event. A source tells RCN Radio that Rihanna canceled her appearance due to concerns over the Zika virus. Pollstar reports that she did this hours before the finalized lineup announcement, which didn’t leave enough time to find a suitable replacement.
Lana Del Rey, Wiz Khalifa, Disclosure and the Chainsmokers were billed to perform at the festival, September 17 to 18 in Bogota.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted disease that was discovered in 1947, but didn’t spread through the Western hemisphere until three years ago. This past February, the World Health Organization declared the virus a “public health emergency of international concern.” The Zika virus has since affected more than 45 countries and territories.