Lana Del Rey pulls out of Israeli festival after backlash


She said the "overwhelming number of messages and letters" she had received led to her decision.

She initially defended her decision to appear at the Meteor festival, which is scheduled to take place at Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan in the Upper Galilee region next week. The singer shared the news by putting forth a statement via Twitter on Friday, saying that she would like to treat her Israeli and Palestinian fans equally, and has been unable to line up a visit to both Palestine and Israel in a short amount of time.

Lana Del Rey has pulled out of a music festival in Israel next week in the wake of a backlash over her decision to perform.

The Summertime Sadness singer was due to make her first performance in the country at on September 7 but has chose to "postpone" her appearance. "We do appreciate her for choosing meteor to help her score some press attention", the statement says.

A source tells Variety that Del Rey had already been paid for the performance, receiving a fee of $700,000.

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Supporters of the BDS (Boycott, Development & Sanctions) movement are strongly critical of Western artists who perform in Israel. The payment will be reimbursed, but still, organizers are said to be livid with late cancellation notice.

British house producer Felix Weatherall, also known as Ross From Friends, Lo-fi artist How to Dress Well, Dead Boy, as well Khalas & Zenobia has also announced their plans to decline to perform at the event. At the time, she claimed she was striving to bring unity with her show there, and that 'music is universal and should be used to bring us together'. Performing in Tel Aviv is not a political statement or a commitment to the politics there, just like singing here in California doesn't mean my views are in alignment w [ith] my current government's opinions or sometimes inhuman actions.

Just last week Del Rey insisted her performance in Israel would go on as planned but announced that she would also visit the Palestinian territories while in the region out of "concern towards showing support to the Palestinians too".

She continued: "I'm just a simple singer, I'm doing my best to navigate the waters of the constant tumultuous hardships in the war-torn countries all over the world that I travel through monthly".