Published Aug 31, 2018Following a wave on controversy, Lana Del Rey has officially postponed her concert in Israel.
The singer was set to perform at Tel Aviv's inaugural Meteor Festival, marking her first-ever show in the country. While Del Rey previously defended her decision to play Israel and added she would also perform in Palestine, she has now changed her upcoming plans.
"It's important to me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and treat all my fans equally," she wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. "Unfortunately it hasn't been possible to line up both visits with such short notice and therefore I'm postponing my appearance at the Meteor Festival until a time when I can schedule visits for both my Israeli and Palestinian fans, as well as hopefully other countries in the region."
You can see her full statement below.
Following the news of her cancellation, a representative for Meteor Festival gave the following statement to Pitchfork:
Just got the word that Lana will be a no-show at Meteor. We do appreciate her for choosing meteor to help her score some press attention.
With that, Meteor will take place with the same badass mix of local and international talent that we've been working with this past year. The mission that we've all been on together is reaching the finish line in just a matter of days as planned: A pioneering, independent festival in the Upper Galilee of a magnitude and quality that has yet to be seen in the Middle East.