Anti-Israeli groups like BDS are stepping up pressure against Lana Del Rey and other artists scheduled to perform at the Meteor Festival in Israel next month.
Last week, a group of more than 50 top entertainment and music industry executives publicly backed Lana Del Rey and her decision to play the Meteor Festival in northern Israel next month. The letter, signed by notable music industry executives like Daniel Glass, Donald Passman, and Gery Gersh, offered strong support for Lana Del Rey’s resolve to play the festival, particularly following pointed protests from Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.
But Waters isn’t the only critic here. BDS, an anti-Israeli group, has been putting heavy pressure on artists to pull out of Meteor. So far, the group claims credit for convincing eight acts to pull out of the event, though bigger draws like Lana Del Rey, A$AP Ferg, and Kamasi Washington are still on the bill.
The Meteor Festival is scheduled for September 6-8 in the northern Galilee region of Israel.
So far, the artists confirming their cancellations are Shanti Celeste, DJ Python, DJ Seinfeld, Khalas & Zenobia, Ross From Friends, How to Dress Well, Dead Boy, and Black Motion. But according to the Jerusalem Post, two new acts have been added: British DJs Secretsundaze and Dan Shake.
Others may also be pulling out (or jumping in), though these are the movements that have been confirmed so far.
The Post noted that BDS had ‘taken a toll’ on Meteor, though it’s unclear if broader attendance or revenues will be affected.
Right now, the only pullouts involve lesser-known acts.
The ‘BDS’ in BDS Movement stands for ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,’ with a massive Israeli boycott a major goal of the organization. A petition from the group, which was also signed by Jewish Voice for Peace, claims that Lana Del Rey’s involvement makes her complicit with Israel’s policies, despite the singer’s claim that her performance is entirely apolitical.
“Please don’t let your music serve to cover up gross violations of human rights and violate the Palestinian picket line,” the petition reads. “We ask that you cancel your September concert at the Meteor Festival in Israel, and refrain from harming the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality.”