Under-pressure Lana Del Rey cancels Israel gig

Lana Del Rey has cancelled a planned show in Israel because she was unable to schedule one for Palestine.

She was due to perform at the Meteor Festival in September at Pecan Park in Lehavot HaBashan, and a week ago said there were no plans to cancel.

Roger Waters, an outspoken critic of Israel, had urged the 'Video Games' singer to rethink.

"I have no doubt the Israeli promoters are paying top dollar, they are well known for that, but is the price worth passing up your moment on the road to Damascus and abandoning your Palestinian brothers and sisters to their fate in their hour of need?" the ex-Pink Floyd frontman wrote on Facebook.

Del Rey responded by saying she understood where Waters was coming from, so she'd book a show for Palestine too - but has been unsuccessful.

"It's important to me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and treat all my fans equally," she wrote in a post on Instagram. "Unfortunately it hasn't been possible to line up both visits with such short notice."

Meteor Festival organisers weren't happy with her decision.

"We want to thank Lana Del Rey for choosing us to be a part of her periodic publicity stunt," they said on Facebook.

Del Rey's last scheduled performance in Israel in 2014 was cancelled when fighting erupted between Israel and Hamas.

Other popular acts still listed on the Meteor Festival line-up include Soulwax, Ariel Pink, Battles and Amon Tobin.

Kiwi singer Lorde came under heavy criticism for cancelling a planned Israel concert last year. Waters, when he visited New Zealand in January, praised her "strong, brave" stance.


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