Lana Del Rey has become one of the latest musicians to cancel a show in Israel amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The Ultraviolence singer was scheduled to perform her first ever show in Israel at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds on 20th August, but has postponed the concert until further notice. A replacement date has not been announced, but the Jerusalem Post reports that tickets for the original date will be honoured.
Del Rey isn't the only artist who has pulled out of playing Israel recently. Cee Lo Green, Neil Young, Megadeth and the Backstreet Boys have all cancelled shows since the start of Operation Protective Edge, the Israeli military campaign to destroy the tunnels running between Gaza and Israel.
Cee Lo Green show promoter Carmi D. Wurtman said it was "not the right time to advertise and push a concert", while Megadeth cited the "inability to confirm the guaranteed passage of the band" as their reason for scrapping their show. Other musicians like Brian Eno and David Byrne have come out against Israeli military action in Gaza, with Bryne publishing Eno's heartfelt plea for an end to "ethnic cleansing" in the region.
According to Billboard, the Israel-Gaza conflict has cost millions of dollars in lost revenue for these international music acts. Eran Arielli, the CEO of major indie music concert promoter and producer Naranjah, estimates that the industry has lost out on $20 million in concert sales between mid-July and mid-August.
Good news for Israeli Little Monsters, though – Lady Gaga is still set to play her gig in Tel Aviv on 13th September.
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