Lana Del Rey defends decision to play Israel show

Lana Del Rey has faced a lot of (mostly left wing) criticism after announcing she’ll play the Meteor Festival in Tel Aviv. Del Rey has now issued a statement saying she signed onto the show with the intention “that it would be performed for the kids there and my plan was for it to be done with a loving energy with a thematic emphasis on peace.”

The artist stresses that the decision was not intended to be a political statement, “but we are musicians and we’ve dedicated our lives to being on the road.”

Meteor Festival takes place in Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, Israel on 6-8 September, with Del Rey set to perform alongside musicians such as ASAP Ferg, Flying Lotus, Pusha T, and Of Montreal.

Other bands who played Israel in the past are Depeche Mode, Madonna, Radiohead and many more proving that music should not be abused to go politically overboard and punish fans just for living in a certain country.