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Tel Aviv Lollapalooza festival canceled


January 24, 2013 | 12:11 pm

Lollapalooza music festival in Chile in 2011. Photo by Alejandro Jofre

Lollapalooza music festival in Chile in 2011. Photo by Alejandro Jofre

The Lollapalooza music festival scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv was canceled.

No reason was given for the cancellation for the August event in Yarkon Park, the Los Angeles Times reported. A festival spokeswoman characterized the cancellation as a postponement.

The website for Lollapalooza Israel was closed earlier this month, according to the newspaper. The event had been announced last August.

Israeli organizers and promoters reportedly were having trouble recruiting top artists for the festival, and also faced financial and production setbacks, Israeli news organizations reported.

Lollapalooza launched in 1991 as a farewell tour for the band Jane's Addiction, fronted by Perry Farrell, who also is 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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