Lana Del Rey announces Israel gig

Artists have caused controversy by performing in the Middle Eastern country in the past

Lana Del Rey has joined the line-up for Israel’s Meteor Festival.

The three-day event will be held from September 6-8, at Pecan Park on the Jordan River. Pusha-T, Flying Lotus, American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, and Russian DJ Nina Kraviz, as well as local acts including Fortis, Berry Sakharov, ACollective, Assaf Amdursky, Ester Rada, Hadag Nachash, Jane Bordeaux, Khalas, Noga Erez and Balkan Beat Box were previously announced for the three day bash.

The festival is held on the shores of the Jordan River, just before the Jewish New Year.


Del Rey had planned to perform in Israel in 2014 but was forced to cancel due to the Operation Protective Edge conflict between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, reports The Times Of Israel.


The decision for artists to perform in Israel has caused controversy in the past with Rogers Waters pleading with artists like Nick Cave not to play there “while apartheid remains.”

Many artists including Cave and Radiohead have defied Walters in the past over pleas to stop them performing in Israel.

Most recently, Waters hit back at Cave when he went ahead with his gig, claiming that “this isn’t about music. It’s about human rights.”


“Nick thinks this is about censorship of his music? What? Nick, with all due respect, your music is irrelevant to this issue, so is mine, so is Brian Eno’s so is Beethoven’s, this isn’t about music, it’s about human rights.”

His calls were backed by Artists for Palestine UK, who accused Cave of “giving comfort to the unjust”.

Meanwhile, Del Rey recently unveiled a new collaboration with Cat Power.

The track – ‘Woman’ – is one of the first offerings from ‘Wanderer’ – the forthcomng tenth album from Power’s Chan Marshall, set for release on October 5.