Lorde has canceled a show in Tel Aviv due to protests of the Israeli government. The protests are against the government’s poor treatment of Palestinians and are at the request of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS).
Event organizers released an official statement, promising a refund to concert goers.
“We regret to announce the cancellation of the Lorde concert in Israel planned for June. The tickets already bought will be reimbursed within 14 business days. As to the circumstances that led to the cancellation of the show, Lorde is expected to publish a statement via Twitter soon.”
Lorde also released a statement to fans via Israeli PR for the concert.
“I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.”
Lorde continued, saying how sorry she was about the whole situation.
“It’s been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and I’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance.”
Other artists have canceled shows under pressure from BDS including Lauryn Hill and Elvis Costello.