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Lorde cancels controversial Israel show, Russian dates still going ahead

27 December 2017, 14:22 | Written by The Line of Best Fit

Lorde has made the decision to cancel her show in Israel after the initial announcement drew criticism online.

Two stops in Russia, announced at the same time as the newly axed Tel Aviv date next summer, are unaffected by the New Zealand artist's decision. Lorde will play St. Petersberg and Moscow on 29 and 31 May respectively.

In a statement, reported by The Jerusalem Post's Amy Spiro, Lorde says:

The initial criticism stemmed from an open letter by New Zealand fans Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab. After it gained traction, Lorde replied that she was "considering all options".

Since pulling the date, Eran Arieli (one of the producers of the planned show), apologised to Lorde and her fans. Israel's Culture Minister has also called on the "Green Light" star to reverse her cancellation, and the Israeli Ambassador to New Zealand has invited Lorde to chat:

This year has seen a number of artists challenged on their Israel performances, including Radiohead and Nick Cave, and German festival Pop-Kultur Berlin was boycotted by some artists over its links to the nation.

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