The event, initially planned for this Friday, July 28, to coincide with the release of Scott’s fourth studio album, Utopia, will no longer be taking place.
“Unfortunately, despite highest efforts, complex production issues meant that the show could not be constructed in the desert. We understand that this news is disappointing and not the outcome any of us desired,” Live Nation’s statement reads. For those who have purchased tickets, Live Nation will be providing refunds, and they will be issued at the point of purchase.
Prior to this, on July 18, the Egyptian General Syndicate for Musical Professions (a group responsible for approving and issuing permits for concerts) announced the cancellation of Travis Scott’s performance at the Pyramids of Giza. The decision was made citing both safety concerns and Scott’s culturally-damaging beliefs.
“Since the General Syndicate is part of the fabric of this beloved country it is keen on its stability and refuses to tamper with societal values and Egyptian and Arab customs,” the organization said in a statement.
“Based on research and documented information about strange rituals at Travis’s concerts that are inconsistent with our authentic societal values and traditions, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the license issued to hold this type of concert that contradicts the cultural identity of the Egyptian people.”
At that time, Live Nation strongly denied the report. “There have been no changes to Travis Scott’s show in Egypt,” Live Nation said. “Any reports to the contrary are false. We can’t wait to celebrate Utopia with you in Egypt!”
Despite the show’s cancellation, Utopia is still set to release this Friday as planned. Additionally, the companion film, Circus Maximus, is scheduled to be released tomorrow.