The BDS pressures led to the cancellation of some of the performances, including Lana Del Rey's, but the lineup remained impressive. The full lineup, changes and updates
By Adi Samarias
Lana Del Rey cancelled her performance at the Meteor Festival, a week before it was supposed to take place. “It’s important for me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and treat all my fans equally,” The American pop star wrote on her Twitter account: "Unfortunately, it hasn’t been possible to line up both visits with such a 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."
Del Ray was criticized for announcing that she would perform in Israel, but defended her decision. She stressed at the time that the visit was not political, and that she did not always agree with politics in other places she performs at. This is not the first time she canceled a performance in Israel - it happened back in 2014.
The pressure exerted by the BDS movement on artists participating in the Meteor festival is working: Last weekend electro musician Henry Laufer (Shlohmo) and British producer Leon Vynehall announced that they are pulling out of the festival - the first for political reasons and the other did not elaborate. These cancellations are joined by Shanti Celeste, DJ Seinfeld, DJ Python, who will be replaced by Secretsundaze and DJ Dan Shake. The festival's chiefs emphasized that the number of cancellations was minimal compared with the number of participants in the festival.
The festival's line up remains very impressive, including American rapper A$AP Ferg, Flying Lotus, Nina Kravitz, PushaT, Kamasi Washington, Mura Masa, DJ Koze, Soulwax, Yung Lean, Selda and Boom Pam, The Black Angels, Ariel Pink and many more. The full-force festival, which was created by the Naranjah production company, will be held in Lehavot HaBashan in The Jordan River, this upcoming weekend (Sep 6-8).
This is the first festival of its kind in Israel. So far, attempts to hold a festival like this locally, including around 50 artists from abroad, have not worked. To date, more than 100 artists and bands from around the world and Israel will perform at the Festival. Some of the artists are the most prominent names performing in music festivals in Europe and the US this summer, and also some of the biggest names in Israeli music.
The format is a three-day music festival, 5 stages, tent accommodations under the pecan trees, a high-quality food complex, various activity areas, an outdoor cinema, an arcade tent and creation area, art exhibits, and more.
Meteor Festival, September 6-8, 2018, Pecan Park, Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, Jordan River, Israel