Travis Scott Reportedly Pulled from Coachella Lineup Despite Offering to Play for Free
The rapper was slated to headline the festival in 2022
Published Dec 13, 2021In the wake of the Astroworld tragedy, Travis Scott has reportedly been dropped from his headlining slot at next year's Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
As per a report by Variety, the performer has been removed from the lineup of the 2022 festival in Indio, CA, where he was set to co-headline alongside Rage Against the Machine. With the addition of Frank Ocean, this lineup was originally announced two years ago for Coachella 2020 prior to the pandemic forcing its cancellation. Scott and the Los Angeles rock outfit were then rescheduled to co-headline in 2022, with Ocean billed as 2023's main act.
Variety reports that representatives for Coachella recently informed Scott's booking agent Cara Lewis of the festival's intention to pull the rapper from the bill following the deadly crowd surge at his Houston, TX, concert on November 5, which killed 10 people and injured dozens more. They apparently added that the fest would pay the artist a kill fee in light of the cancellation — usually about 25 percent of the performance fee.
Scott reportedly went so far as to offer to headline the festival for free. Having expressed that he intends to keep performing, the event was supposed to mark the rapper's big return to the festival circuit following Astroworld. It appears that Coachella ultimately declined.
Days after the devastating incident in Houston, a Change.org petition advocating for Scott's removal as a Goldenvoice (the company that stages Coachella) performer began circulating. It has since amassed over 60,000 signatures as of press time.
Coachella's sold-out 2022 festival reversed their COVID-19 vaccination policy back in October. The event is scheduled to take place on the weekends of April 15 to 17 and 22 to 24.
Last week, Scott broke the silence by giving his first interview following the Astroworld tragedy after hiring Donald Trump's lawyer to defend him against the myriad lawsuits that have been filed in its aftermath.