Lollapalooza, the former touring festival that re-established itself as a destination event after landing in Chicago in 2005, has been aggressive in recent years in expanding its brand internationally. Lollapalooza has already ventured into South America with fests in Brazil and Chile, and last summer announced plans to go to Israel.
But a proposed Middle East edition of Lollapalooza in 2013 is off, a festival spokeswoman confirmed to Pop & Hiss. Lollapalooza Israel was intended for Aug. 20-22 at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, and no reason was given for the cancellation.
A spokeswoman characterized it as a postponement.
Rumors that Lollapalooza Israel was in trouble began to surface in December. Israeli news organizations reported that organizers and promoters were running into issues recruiting top-billed artists in addition to facing financial and production setbacks in setting up the festival in Yarkon Park, according to Ynetnews, the website of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.
Earlier this month, the website for Lollapalooza Israel disappeared. It now redirects to the site for the South Lake Tahoe dance event the Snowglobe. The latter is also promoted by Lollapalooza organizer C3 Presents.