Live Nation is refuting reports that Travis Scott’s concert in Egypt has been canceled.
In a statement to Billboard, the entertainment company said that the “Utopia” concert will get its due in the country. “There have been no changes to Travis Scott’s show in Egypt; any reports to the contrary are false. We can’t wait to celebrate Utopia with you in Egypt!” the statement read.
The announcement followed the Egyptian Syndicate of Musical Professions revoking the permit it had issued for the show. According to a statement, the Syndicate claimed Scott’s July 28 show would “contradict the identity of the Egyptian people.”
The statement goes on to cite unspecified “rituals at Travis’ concerts.” It is also unclear if the statement attempts to connect its claimed cancellation of the Egypt show to Scott’s Astroworld incident in 2021. That tragedy left 10 concertgoers dead.
“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,” the statement continues.
According to the Syndicate, artists have previously received permits to perform at the pyramids. But they must not “undermine the ancestral customs and traditions of the Egyptian people.”