One of the US’s biggest music festivals announced Saturday it would be adding Tel Aviv to its small repertoire of international stops.
The Lollapalooza festival, helmed by former Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, who is Jewish, will be bringing together 50 bands for three days of shows to Tel Aviv next year, organizers said Saturday,
“Lollapalooza began as music’s premier traveling festival,” Farrell said in a statement. “As a musician, I really missed the days when we were on the move. In the last few years we’ve widened our scope, presenting Lolla to the ‘festival generation’ around the world. Next stop – Tel Aviv.”
Organizers say the festival will be the first major international festival to visit Israel. It will take place August 20-23, 2013.
“Consumers have a voracious appetite for entertainment, yet there has never been a major music festival. To me, this combination screams Lollapalooza,” said Marc Geiger of WME Entertainment, a partner of Lollapalooza, LLC, in a statement.
Started as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction, the festival became a permanent fixture on the Chicago music scene in 2005. In 2011 it expanded to Santiago, Chile, and earlier this year to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The lineup for the show, which will take place at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, where most international acts play, hasn’t yet been announced. In bringing in artists, organizers will be up against a campaign for artists to boycott Israel that has seen a number of recent successes, including Elvis Costello and Cat Power.
Since leaving grunge band Jane’s Addiction, Farrell has embarked on a number of projects, many with Jewish themes. Hist first solo album “Songs Yet To Be Sung,” was based on kabbalist teachings, and he often plays as DJ Peretz.
In 2006, Farrell put on Purimpalooza for the Jewish holiday, bringing a number of Jewish acts, including Matisyahu, to San Francisco.