Travis Scott will reportedly no longer perform at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in 2022. The controversial rapper was allegedly dropped from the lineup in the continued fallout of the tragic events at his Astroworld festival in Houston last month that left ten people dead.
First reported by KESQ in Palm Springs, Goldenvoice—the AEG subsidiary that hosts Coachella—has canceled Scott’s performance at the festival, set to take place April 15th–17th and 22nd–24th, 2022 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. This comes in response to mounting public pressure to remove him and a Change.org petition with over 60,000 signatures created in the aftermath of Astroworld.
Representatives for Scott, Coachella, and Goldenvoice have not responded to requests for comment from numerous publications. Sources say that the festival has informed Scott’s agent, Carla Lewis of the Carla Lewis Group, of the artist cancelation. He will reportedly receive a 25% kill fee for the contract withdrawal. A source close to the matter also states that Scott—through his agent—offered to forgo payment entirely in order to retain his headlining slot.
If it had gone as planned, Coachella would have marked Scott’s first public performance since a deadly crowd surge at his Houston festival injured hundreds and killed ten. The latest Astroworld victim, nine-year-old Ezra Blount, died on November 14th from the injuries he sustained on November 5th. Scott—along with Astroworld promoter Live Nation, security firm Contemporary Services Corp. (a subsidiary of Live Nation), Houston’s NRG Park, and more—have been named as defendants in hundreds of lawsuits relating to the tragedy.
Scott was initially announced as a Coachella headliner back in January 2020 along with Frank Ocean and Rage Against The Machine. The festival was postponed several times due to COVID and is alleged to finally take place in April 2022. Frank Ocean has elected to defer his headlining slot until 2023. Rage Against The Machine remains on the lineup, in addition to newly announced headliners Sweedish House Mafia. Tickets for Coachella 2022 are currently sold out, though fans can sign up for a waitlist here.