One of the year's biggest is axed...

LOLLAPALOOZA has been cancelled, just three weeks before it was due to kick off.

The 31-date, 16-city tour was pulled due to poor ticket sales, according to organisers.

Festival co-founder and Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell said: “My heart aches along with the bands and all of our employees, whose hard work developed one of the most exciting and important tours that this nation was to see.”

This year’s bill was set to feature Morrissey, PJ Harvey, Flaming Lips, [a][/a], and The String Cheese Incident.

Advance ticket sales were below estimates, except in New York, and promoters and organisers were facing losing several million dollars. The decision to cancel Lollapalooza made last night (June 21).

Marc Geiger, co-founder of the tour said: “I am in utter disbelief that a concert of this stature, with the most exciting line-up I’ve seen in years did not galvanise ticket sales. I’m surprised that given the great bands and the reduced ticket prices that we didn’t have enough sales to sustain the tour. Concert promoters across the country are facing similar problems. Many summer tours are experiencing weak ticket sales.”