Travis Scott Banned From Performing At Pyramids In Egypt
Travis Scott will not be performing at the Pyramids of Giza in Egpyt after government officials canceled his July 28th appearance. Scott was scheduled to have a grand debut of his highly anticipated album, Utopia.
According to Egypt Today, Dr. Mohamed Abdullah wrote a statement to the outlet about Scott’s performance. “Regarding the concert scheduled to be held on 28th July at the Pyramids area in Giza by American rapper Travis Scott, the Musicians Syndicate, as the entity responsible for issuing licenses for music and singing concerts in Egypt, in coordination with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture represented by the Censorship Authority for Artistic Works and the Ministry of Labor, emphasizes the necessity of considering security aspects and obtaining approvals from the relevant authorities as a top priority when organizing concerts. This is to ensure the safety and protection of the audience.”
Egypt Today adds that Abdullah says social media played a role in the decision to cancel Scott’s concert license. “After examining social media opinions and feedback, as well as the news circulating on search engines and social media platforms, which included authenticated images and information about peculiar rituals performed by the star during his performance, contradicting our authentic societal values and traditions, the Syndicate’s president and board of directors have decided to cancel the license issued for hosting this type of concert, which goes against the cultural identity of the Egyptian people,” he reportedly said in his statement.
This news follows the horrific tragedy where 10 lives were lost at Scott’s Astroworld Festival in 2021. Ten people, including a nine-year-old boy, succumbed to their injuries due to a crowd surge. Last month it was announced that Scott would not be facing criminal charges for the tragedy.
“It is tragic that ten innocent people were killed while trying to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment, something many of us do routinely and without a second thought to our safety. But a tragedy isn’t always a crime, and not every death is a homicide,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement per NBC News. “This grand jury’s determination has no impact on the many civil lawsuits pending.”