Tel Aviv Lollapalooza festival cancelled

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Lollapalooza music festival scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv has been cancelled.

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The event was announced in August 2012, to take place Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park in August 2013. A festival spokeswoman characterized the cancellation as a postponement, but no reason was given for the cancellation, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The website for Lollapalooza Israel was closed earlier this month, according to the newspaper.

Israeli organizers and promoters reportedly were having trouble recruiting top artists for the festival and also faced financial and production setbacks in setting up the festival in Tel Aviv. Israeli news organizations reported.

Lollapalooza launched in 1991 as a farewell tour for the band Jane’s Addiction, fronted by Perry Farrell, who is also the festival organizer, before settling down in Chicago’s Grant Park in 2005. In the last two years the festival was held in Chicago as a weekend event, and is planning to continue having the Windy City as its U.S. home in addition to its international expansion thus far in Chile and Brazil.

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