Although some lineups have changed since our initial summer preview, 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 and hip hop, namely the Queen of Pop Britney Spears, and self proclaimed "Best Rapper Alive," Lil Wayne. If you missed the punk theatrics of Gogol Bordello in June, get ready for festival-going artists known for their performance antics, such as Lil Dicky and The Chainsmokers. Rock will be heard across Israel this summer, with the Pixies bringing alternative rock vibes to Caesarea, and Guns 'N Roses and Radiohead filling Park Hayarkon with classic rock jams. For a taste of the fall, get ready for a lineup of popular British soloists, and (another!) rumored performance by the seven-time Grammy-winning band Coldplay.
The must-catch concerts of the summer
This summer promised a lot of big names, but no one expected just how impressive the spread of musical pop stars would be. Britney Spears is among those names and she is hitting up Park HaYarkon for a show stopping performance. The Princess of Pop has sold of 100 million albums and 100 million singles to match since her career kicked off in the 90s. Tickets are already extremely hard to get, grab yours ASAP. After all, it's Britney bitch!
Celebrate the fourth of July in style with the Jewish-American rapper Lil Dicky, performing in Tel Aviv during his first ever visit to Israel. The 29-year-old hip hop star – who graduated from the same high school as Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu – rose to fame on Youtube when his music video "Ex-Boyfriend" went viral overnight. Lil Dicky is known for his mix of comedy and rap that consistently highlights Jewish themes – on the cover of his debut mix tape So Hard he is depicted standing in the middle of a Jewish star that is on fire. His concerts on July 4th and 5th are both currently sold out, but with any luck you can find someone selling tickets in the comments on his Youtube channel.
The legendary jazz fusion trio from Montreal, Quebec that broke the fusion limits from 1976 onwards is back together. Their reunion is bringing them around the world and Tel Aviv is among the destinations they've scheduled for a lineup of incredible concerts, perhaps even better than before. Absence makes the heart grow fonder so come check out the grooves they have to offer after 25 years.
...they're knockin' on Tel Aviv's door too. The American hard rock band not only made their mark in the 80s and 90s, they also raised the standards for the hard rock genre all together. Just as the summer heat is at its peak mid-July, Axl Rose and the gang are coming to Park HaYarkon to crank up the heat even more.
On July 19, Radiohead will conclude their European summer tour in Tel Aviv's Park HaYarkon. The English rock band's connection to Israel dates back to 1993 when their single "Creep" reached critical acclaim on Israeli radio and they were invited for their first international performance in Tel Aviv. Since then, the band has been named among the greatest artists of the 1990's and 2000's for their albums OK Computer and Kid A. To the excitement of lifelong Israeli fans, this most recent tour, which marks the success of Radiohead's ninth studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, is their first time performing in Israel since 2000 – so make sure to buy tickets before they sell out!
Three years after their sold out show in Jaffa, the Pixies are returning to Israel, this time bringing alternative rock to Caesarea. This tour marks the success of Head Carrier, the second studio album since their reunion in 2004. For surf rock vibes from their hit album Surfer Rosa, and newer noise-pop jams such as "Bam Thwok," travel up the coast for two nights of summertime music by the ocean. Check out more information on the concert, including opening acts Lola Marsh and Vegan Friendly.
The Chainsmokers, an EDM-pop duo comprised of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, are bringing their high energy music and performance style to Israel this August. Following the release of their debut album Memories…Do Not Open in April, the DJs have been traveling around all summer long as they perform their newest single "The One" and classic hits such as "Roses." Featured at several international music festivals, The Chainsmokers have made a name for themselves with dynamic stage shows, so on August 3rd, come prepared to dance – and of course, don't forget to take a selfie (or two!)
Known as an icon of indie-pop and Jewish culture, Regina Spektor will perform at the Ra'anana Park Amphitheater this summer for the first time in a decade. Since Spektor's last concert in Israel, she has released two albums, continued to write title theme songs for series such as Orange is the New Black, and performed for fans including the Obamas. Catch Spektor's soulful lyrics and colorful performance on August 19, with ticket prices ranging from NIS 274-450.
At the end of August, the Grammy-award winning rapper Lil Wayne will appear in concert in Tel Aviv. Lil Wayne began his career at the age of nine, and he has gone on to sell over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. After more than two decades of performing, this will be Lil Wayne's inaugural concert in Israel, however in his own words: "I'm the best yet, and yet my best is yet to come," so show up to Rishon Lezion Park to see if this will be his best concert yet.
In the fall, Cliff Richard joins the ranks of soloists returning to perform in Israel. Richard, who last played the Holy Land over two decades ago, will put on a concert this October in Tel Aviv. An acclaimed musician worldwide, Richard's popularity in the UK Singles Chart falls right behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley. A veteran musician with over 50 years of performance history, his concert is sure to offer an eclectic mix of rock, pop, and contemporary Christian music.
When it comes to the genres of experimental rock and punk, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are at the forefront of both movements. This November, the Australian band, fronted by lead vocalist Nick Cave, will return to Israel for the first time in 20 years to perform. Cave is notorious for emotional intensity, both within his lyrics and on stage, and this concert is sure to be a night of impassioned music.
December will be filled with rock ballads in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as Bryan Adams returns to Israel in concert. Since the Canadian singer-songwriter's last concert in Israel, in 1988, he has won a Grammy and been inducted into both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame. Adam's performances will include hits from his 90's album Waking Up the Neighbours, and will be a walk down memory lane for lovers of classic rock.