On Wednesday (July 26), Live Nation announced that the Houston native’s show, which was set to take place at the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, will no longer go ahead as planned. It was previously scheduled for July 28, which is also when the LP is expected to arrive.
“We regret to inform you that the UTOPIA show, originally scheduled for July 28th at the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt is cancelled,” Live Nation Middle East said in a statement. “Unfortunately, despite highest efforts, complex production issues meant that the show could not be constructed in the desert.”
All ticket holders will be refunded the amount they paid to attend the show:
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— Live Nation Middle East (@LiveNationME) July 26, 2023
The news comes after the Egyptian General Syndicate for Musical Professions announced last week that the performance would no longer be happening due to 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.”
Live Nation subsequently released a brief statement that same day, confirming the performance would still take place at the sacred location.
“There have been no changes to Travis Scott’s show in Egypt,” the entertainment company said. “Any reports to the contrary are false. We can’t wait to celebrate Utopia with you in Egypt!”
However, Scott then penned an open letter to authorities on Thursday (July 20) that confirmed that there were issues that could prevent the show from going on.
Other than the cancellation of the Pyramid shows, the news surrounding Utopia has been mostly positive. After years of teasing the album, Scott finally shared its cover art along with a movie trailer hitting theaters later this week.
La Flame confirmed the release date for his fourth full-length studio record and unveiled three of its five covers on Tuesday (July 25).
“THIS IS ONE OF THE COVERS FOR MY 4TH ALBUM UTOPIA SHOT BY PIETER HUGO THE JOURNEY THRU THE ALBUM TOOK ME ALL OVER THE WORLD AND CANT WAIT TO FINALLY DROP THE ALBUM/ THE MAIN COVER WILL DROP THURS UNTIL THEN A COVER EVERYDAY LOVE U SEE U IN UTOPIA,” he captioned the social media post.
Scott will be adding a visual companion to Utopia with the arrival of Circus Maximus, which is separate from the A-24 film he’s starring in.
The “90210” hitmaker shared the trailer to the movie, which is hitting select theaters across the United States for limited showings on Thursday (July 27), hours prior to Utopia’s release on streaming services.