Lollapalooza’s inaugural Colombian festival has been cancelled after a headlining artist pulled out of the event, Pollstar reports. Although the organizers stated only that a headliner had cancelled hours before the official lineup announcement and there wasn’t time to find a suitable replacement, various Colombian news outlets are reporting that the headliner in question was Rihanna, who dropped out due to concerns over the Zika virus. Lollapalooza Colombia was scheduled to take place 9/17-18 at Bogotá’s Simón Bolívar Park, and the lineup was also set to include Lana Del Rey, Disclosure, Anderson .Paak, Wiz Khalifa, the Chainsmokers, and Silversun Pickups, among others. All ticket holders will receive a full refund.
UPDATE: Lollapalooza Colombia has posted a statement on its website…
After its lead artist canceled just hours before the festival was slated to announce the lineup, and faced with difficulties in finding the right replacement, the organizers of the festival have been forced to cancel the inaugural Lollapalooza Colombia. The fest was set for Sept. 17 and 18 in Parque Simon Bolivar in Bogota.
Everyone who purchased tickets will receive full reimbursement, including the service cost.
Organizers of Lollapalooza Colombia want to express their deep thanks to all fans who supported the fest from day one, as well as sponsors and supporters. We hope we can come back in the future and make this first edition of the festival a reality.