Travis Scott is still facing public reckoning less than a month after Astroworld Festival 2021. Scott was previously set to headline Coachella 2022. But three days after the Astroworld tragedy, members of Change.org created a petition for Scott to be removed from performing at the festival. While the petition has yet to reach 75,000 signatures, concert and festival company Goldenvoice has pulled Scott from next year’s Coachella.
According to Variety, Scott’s longtime agent Cara Lewis was informed by Coachella that Scott was removed from the festival bill, but would still receive a kill fee for the performance cancellation. Hit with hundreds of Astroworld Festival lawsuits, it’s unlikely that Scott will perform at any music festival in the near future. Various media brands have also revoked partnerships with Scott, including Epic Games’ Fornite, Mega64 and Anheuser-Busch, who has discontinued the rapper’s hard seltzer line, CACTI. As reported by NPR, Scott’s Air Max 1 x Cactus Jack shoe launch has also been postponed on the SNKRS app and the Nike website.
Scott’s removal from Coachella 2022 follows his surprise interview with Charlamagne tha God last week, where the rapper spoke about being on an “emotional rollercoaster” following Astroworld Festival and being pinned with liability after the deaths of 10 festival attendees. According to Rolling Stone, after the interview’s premiere, family members of the deceased Astroworld attendees blasted Scott for his perceived negligence.
“There’s videos of people telling him to stop this concert, and he didn’t. How could he not know?” said Jennifer Peña, whose sister, Ruby, died at the festival. “I still think he’s guilty in some sense, in my opinion. The first minute they told him to stop the concert early, he could have been like ‘Stop.’”
With Scott’s withdrawal, the sold-out Coachella 2022 is still set to be held on the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California.
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