There are an array of international performers poised to take the stage this summer. Fill your warm summer nights with the hottest entertainers of pop, namely the the best-selling boy band in history, Backstreet Boys. Plus, the British musical sensation that has been keeping funk sexy since 1992, Jamiroquai, is paying us a visit in May. Get ready for festival-going artists known for their performance antics, such as Ozzy Osbourne, as well as a visit from the charming Milky Chance, and so much more.
The must-catch concerts of the season
With 14 #1 songs on Billboard’s Dance charts, holding the record for most #1 hits and the longest-running #1 hit on the Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks, Billboard magazine named him the 14th most successful male dance club artist of all time. And selling over 170 million records worldwide, Iglesias is also one of the best-selling Spanish artists ever. Across the world, anywhere that has radio, everyone knows the lyrics to at least a handful of his hits, like I Like It, Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You), and Dirty Dancer, to name a few of many.
With mixed influences from trip hop, rock, folk-rock, and downtempo, Morcheeba’s blissful sounds have been entrancing fans “into sonic highs and hazy moods” since the mid 90s. Two DJ/producing brothers, the Godfreys, recruited a soul singer, Skye Edwards, and created eight studio albums and many hits such as “The Sea,” “Otherwise,” and “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day,” two of which won spots on the UK top ten. Check out Skye’s smooth voice and Godfrey’s psychedelic guitar for a surely enchanting night.
From Nottingham, England, London Grammar is bringing their enchanting sounds to Israel for the very first time. With Hannah Reid’s powerful and soulful vocals, Dan Rothman’s heavy-hearted guitar, and Dot Major’s multi-instrumental talents, their sounds have been described as "a blend of ambient, ethereal and classical" with emotional lyrics. Their debut album became second in the British sales charts, and their second album, Truth is a Beautiful Thing, which they’re promoting on this international tour, is already peaking at number one on the UK Albums Chart. Often compared to The XX and Florence and the Machine, let London Grammar’s passionate lyricism and beautiful electropop soundscapes pull on your heart-strings this May.
The Hip Hop Roots Festival brought by veteran music producer Erez Gazit, brings to Israel the legendary hip hops groups De La Soul and Arrested Development for a highly-anticipated evening at the Raanana Park Amphitheater. The full lineup will be published soon
If you're still scratching your head, you may recognize their hit "Best Friend" from the end of last year's iPhone X commercial. Sofi Tukker, known for the charisma they bring to the stage, has already been crowned as the hot name of 2018. Their first EP, Soft Animals, was released by Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern in 2016. It includes, among others, the songs "Drinkee" and "Matadora" – the former was nominated for a Grammy last year. The two, who met at an art exhibition in Rhode Island, will release their next anticipated studio album titled Treehouse next month. Don't miss this roof raising performance.
At the same time, the band will re-release their first seven albums (one of which is live). The Stranglers were established in 1974 as a punk band by the name: "The Guildford Stranglers." Later, the band changed their style to alternative rock, and over the years, they became one of the most influential rock ensembles from Britain. The band's first three albums came out at a fast pace with only a year between each of them, and included hits like "Peaches" and "No More Heroes." Like the fantasies of any band in its early days, the critics did not really connect to the psychedelic keys and the drummer's jazz feel, but for the fans the situation was completely different. The band continued to release hits, and in the 80s they duplicated their success with winning hits like "Golden Brown" and "Always The Sun." The Strangers have captured their anti-establishment image for many years, but in recent years their members have merged into the establishment, and even appeared on BBC at the Royal Albert Hall.
A leading name to come out of this year's 2018 concert lineup: Sir Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr, the drummer for the most influential band in history. The Beatles' proposed show in 1966 never saw the light of (the Tel Aviv) day, and now, over fifty years later, Starr is making his Israeli debut at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena. Despite his concerts taking place just as the hot, hot summer season kicks off (June 23-24), Starr promises to bring the heat. Like most international talents that swoop through the Holy land, his concerts will be part of a three-week European tour with his All Star band, which also includes stopovers in Paris, France, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Belgium, Monaco, the Netherlands, and finishes off in Italy. The All Star band will be supporting Starr’s most recent album, Give More Love. Grab your tickets before Roger Waters buys them all for his family and friends!
From Huntington California, ranked on Loudwire’s “Top 50 Metal Bands of All Time,” Avenged Sevenfold is stopping in the Holy Land this June on their European tour. Known for their dynamic imagery and diverse rock/metal sound, Avenged Sevenfold’s music has evolved a lot since the band’s founding in 1999. They’ve been categorized as everything from heavy metal, to hard rock, to progressive metal, to metalcore. With seven released studio albums, the band has continued exploring their sound – blending thrash metal, pop punk, heavier instrumentation, and sometimes returning to their more classic metal sound. The popular American heavy metal band will take the stage for thousands of their Israeli metalheads between their performances across Germany, Finland, France, Spain, and Italy. Don’t miss this rocking, creative, and influential member of the metal world June 26th at Rishon LeZion Live Park.
He gave heavy metal its hardcore rep as the lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, he put his family on display with the reality T.V. show "The Osbournes," he stood the test of time as the voice of rock and roll, hell, he even bit the head off a live bat (who bit him back...with good reason). Legendary British music icon, Ozzy Osbourne, is kicking off his massive worldwide tour this July in our very own Rishon Lezion Live Park. Earlier this year, Black Sabbath completed a huge farewell tour and now, Ozzy is embarking on a farewell tour of his own–accompanied by his talented guitarist and lifelong band mate, Zakk Wylde. Ozzy's dark and twisted humor even extends to ticket prices, where he's offering a "Devil's Kit" for a satanic NIS 666, which includes Golden Ring access (front and center), a whole bunch o' merch, and more.
Bassist Simón Mejía describes his band’s Colombian meaning as “a crazy party that blows your ass to the other dimension.” Along with singer MC Li Saumet, the Colombians from Bogota sweep fans away with psychedelic vibes, mixing virtuoso guitar with bouncing tropical electronics, deep bass, and high-energy beats. The artists also convey profound musical and textual connections to their routes, creating a truly unique atmosphere. Check out a dreamy and wild party as Bomba Estéreo shakes the club, sending “your ass to the other dimension.”
Formed in Blackpool Lancashire, this blues rock/progressive rock group has evolved quite a bit since 1967. Back in the ’70s, they sold an estimated 60 million albums worldwide and were described by Rolling Stone as, "One of the most commercially successful and eccentric progressive rock bands.” Though Anderson claimed Jethro Tull was done in 2014, he announced a new album to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their first album, scheduled to come out March 2019. Anderson is the only remaining member continuing to tour, but this fall we’re sure he’ll bring back some rocking nostalgia of his long cemented music legacy.
You might also like
- The rumors are true! Guess who's coming to Israel this summer...
- The best venues in the Tel Aviv nightlife scene to hear live music
- The most eclectic music events across the country this August
- Got Monk? Tony Kofi celebrates 100 years of Thelonious Monk at the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival
- Allenby from A to Z: a never-ending guide to Tel Aviv's never-ending street