Lana Del Rey‘s scheduled August 20 show in Israel won’t be happening. The smoky-voiced singer announced today the planned Tel Aviv concert would be pushed back to an unspecified date because of the conflict in the region, according to The Jerusalem Post. She had been set to perform with her tour opener Max Jury.
The fighting has resumed again between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas after a brief ceasefire. Cee Lo Green and Megadeth were also recently forced to cancel concerts in the Holy Land due to the strife. Legendary producer and artist Brian Eno has been an outspoken opponent of Israeli military tactics in the region. Lady Gaga is set to play in Tel Aviv on September 13.
It’s a sad twist that Del Rey’s excellent new album is titled Ultraviolence, making her cancellation all the more tragically appropriate.
For more on this complicated issue, see Rahawa Haile’s feature in Wondering Sound, Should Musicians Play Tel Aviv?