Entertainment agency Live Nation has assured fans that Travis Scott’s performance at the Pyramids of Giza will still go ahead despite rumours that it would be postponed.
Music publications and media outlets reported that Egypt’s Musicians’ Syndicate was attempting to stifle the concert and revoke Scott’s permit for the July 28th concert because it “contradict[s] the identity of the Egyptian culture.”
Fans and publications are unsure of the syndicate’s power to stop Scott’s performance. However, in a statement, Live Nation assured fans, “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!”
An English translation of Egypt’s government-owned newspaper, Al-Ahram, reads that the syndicate “is committed to preserving the security and stability of our beloved homeland and rejects any actions that go against its societal values.”
It went on to insist that Scott’s concerts seemingly involve “strange rituals.” It also highlighted the 2021 Astroworld crowd crush, unveiling that it plays a part in the syndicate’s hesitance to host a Travis Scott concert in the country.
Scott announced his Egyptian concert a week after a Texas grand jury declined to indict the rapper on criminal charges for the 2021 incident. The concert being held at The Pyramids of Giza is set to be live-streamed as part of the global rollout of his fourth album, Utopia.
The American rapper even has the support of local Egyptian acts who want to shed light on the nation’s tolerance of different cultures. In an online statement, Egyptian musical icon Ahmed Saad stated, “Cancelling the licence for the Travis Scott concert in Egypt [would be] a grave mistake, and no one has the right to make decisions for the Egyptians or speak in their name. I apologise to this international singer and his followers who may see the Egyptians in a backward and retrospective manner.”