As reported by REVOLT, Scott was set to headline the three-day festival. The Houston native was initially listed as a headliner for Coachella 2020 along with Rage Against the Machine and Frank Ocean. The festival was ultimately canceled that year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and again in 2021, with Scott and Rage Against the Machine set to headline the fest’s return in 2022. Ocean announced he would perform at the event in 2023 instead.
However, Variety reports, Coachella organizers recently informed Scott’s longtime agent Cara Lewis that they intended to pull the rapper from the lineup. Scott’s agent had reportedly been working to keep the performance slot as it would have marked his return to the stage following the Astroworld tragedy.
Last week, Scott sat down for his first interview since the deadly event. The 30-year-old spoke with Charlamagne Tha God and claimed he didn’t know the severity of the chaotic festival until the next day.
“Even after the show, you’re just kind of hearing things. But I didn’t know the exact details until minutes before the press conference,” he explained, likely referring to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Police Chief Troy Finner’s press conference on Nov. 6.
“It’s so crazy ’cause I’m that artist, too. Anytime you can hear something like that, you wanna stop the show,” he continued. “You wanna make sure the fans get the proper attention they need. And anytime I could see something like that, I did. I stopped a couple times just to make sure everybody was ok.”
Coachella 2022 is set to take place on the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA. At the time of publishing, it’s unclear who will replace Scott’s slot.