Lorde Cancels Upcoming Tel Aviv Concert amid Calls for Boycott

Grammy winner Lorde has formally canceled her upcoming concert scheduled for Tel Aviv on June 5 after caving to anti-Israel activists and fans.

Her decision comes in the wake of pressure from supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Lorde reportedly issued a statement, saying, “i pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and i have done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in tel aviv, but i’m not proud to admit i didn’t make the right call on this one”.

First, Lorde hinted that she was considering cancelling the show last week.

She released a statement shortly afterwards on the night of the 24th.

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev hoped Lorde would reverse her decision.


Alternatively, others have detracted the move as hypocritical, claiming that Lorde is willing to perform in other countries who are also accused of human rights violations.


Some of the artists who have heeded to the movement’s demands include Brian Eno and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. Other artists—including Elton John, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Guns N’ Roses, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber—have foregone the movement’s demands and disregarded it.

Most recently, Radiohead and Nick Cave, both of whom issued blistering rebuttals to their pro-boycott peers. Radiohead emphasized the point by treating Tel Aviv to its longest set in 10 years, to almost 50,000 people.