18 to watch, hear and dance to: It’s almost summer, and that means concert time
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18 to watch, hear and dance to: It’s almost summer, and that means concert time

From pop and alt rock to punk and reggae, this year's headliners in Israel include the Backstreet Boys, Ozzy Osbourne, Enrique Iglesias, alt-J and Ziggy Marley

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

The Backstreet Boys during one of their first performances in Israel, 2015 (Courtesy Backstreet Boys)
The Backstreet Boys during one of their first performances in Israel, 2015 (Courtesy Backstreet Boys)

Concert season is upon us, with 18 bands, musicians and performers heading to Israel this spring, summer (and fall) for a slew of performances.

We’ve done some of the work for you, listing the concert dates and ticket information. All you have to do is buy the tickets and get there.

Backstreet Boys
April 22, Live Park Rishon

The beloved boy band is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and returns to Israel later this month, following their three sold-out shows they performed three years ago. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

Jamiroquai
May 2, Live Park Rishon

Jay Kay, the lead singer of Britain’s funk jazz band Jamiroquai, which will perform in Israel on May 2, 2018 (Courtesy Jamiroquai Facebook page)

Celebrate Lag B’Omer this year by hearing the British funk and acid jazz band perform their first concert in Israel, celebrating their eighth studio album “Automaton.” Tickets available through Zappa.

Foreigner
May 5, Nokia Arena

Say You Will (Orchestral)

Check out Foreigner's Full Orchestral Performance of 'Say You Will' – taken from the band's first ever orchestral album – out April 27th, 2018. 'Say You Will' is also available as digital download and stream. ► Spotify: http://smarturl.it/FO_SayYouWill_Spo ► iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Foreigner_21st_iTu ► More info: http://www.foreigner-orchestral.com/

Posted by Foreigner on Monday, 9 April 2018

The beloved 70’s British-American band will reach Israel in May as part of their “The Flame Still Burns” tour. Tickets available through Eventim.

Azealia Banks
May 7, Barby Tel Aviv

Rapper Azealia Banks will make her way to Israel in May, performing at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv. (Courtesy, Azealia Banks)

The New York rapper, known for her outsized personality, will bring her tunes and ‘tude to Israel, a long-awaited destination, according to her Twitter feed. Tickets available through Eventim.

Cigarettes After Sex
May 11 and 12, Barby Tel Aviv

The indie band is returning to Israel a year and a half after their 2016 show, having loved the local crowd that loved them right back. Tickets are sold out.

Camel
May 25, 26 and 27, Shuni Ampitheater

Camel, the progressive British band, will perform in Israel for the first time this coming May (Courtesy Camel)

The neo-progressive rock band is dearly beloved in Israel and added two extra nights when fans stormed the virtual ticket booth. Tickets available at Eventim.

Enrique Iglesias
May 27, Hayarkon Park

The beloved Latino pop star changed his concert date from Saturday night, May 26 to May 27 when fans begged him to consider the late end of the Sabbath and the UEFA championship game on the same night. It’s his fifth appearance in Israel. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.

alt-J
May 29, Tel Aviv Convention Center

The three-man rock band returns to Tel Aviv in May, bringing their familiar blend of folk music and trip hop, and unexpected surprises. Tickets available at Eventim.

London Grammar
May 29, Caesarea Ampitheater

London Grammar arrives in Israel this summer (Courtesy London Grammar)

The British indy pop band heads to Israel with their second album, “Truth is a Beautiful Thing” released last June. Tickets available through Eventer.

Hip Hop Roots Festival with De La Soul and Arrested Development
May 31, Ra’anana Ampitheater

Members of Arrrested Development, who will perform with De La Soul and other hip-hop bands in Ra’anana this summer (Courtesy Arrested Development Facebook page)

The two legendary hip hop groups will join a full lineup of fellow musicians, still to be announced. Tickets available at Eventer.

Don McLean
June 16, Ra’anana Ampitheater

‘American Pie’ singer Don McLean (YouTube screenshot)

The legendary American singer arrives in Israel with his classics and favorites, including “American Pie” and “Jerusalem,” written in support of the country. Tickets available through Leaan.

The Stranglers
June 20, Barby Tel Aviv

The English punk rock group, one of the longest-surviving bands to have originated in the UK punk scene, arrives in Tel Aviv this June. Tickets available at Leaan.

Ringo Starr
June 23, Menora Mivtachim

The cover of Ringo Starr’s new studio album, ‘Give More Love.’ (Courtesy Ringo Starr)

The legendary Beatles drummer will perform with his All Starr band, as part of a 21-date European tour in support of his latest album “Give More Love,” which was released in September. Tickets available at Eventim.

Ozzy Osbourne
July 8, Live Park Rishon

Ozzy Osbourne, 69, is coming to Israel for what he says is his final, farewell tour (Courtesy Ozzy Osbourne)

The inimitable Ozzy comes to Israel this summer for what he is calling his farewell tour with Black Sabbath, the heavy metal band that has defined the genre. Tickets available at Eventim.

Alice in Chains
July 17 and 18, Caesarea Ampitheater

The current members of Alice in Chains, the Seattle grunge band that will perform in Caesarea on July 17, 2018 (Courtesy Alice in Chains)

The pioneering grunge rock group, which emerged in the 1990s along with Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, is considered one of the most influential rock bands of its time. Tickets available at Eventim.

Ziggy Marley
July 31 and August 1, Barby Tel Aviv and Shuni Ampitheater

Ziggy Marley, the Rastafarian and inheritor of his father Bob Marley’s mantle of reggae music, returns to Israel this summer for his fourth official visit, and will perform two intimate concerts. Tickets available through Eventim.

Lollipop Festival with Jason Derulo and Rita Ora
August 1, Live Park Rishon

Jason Derulo and fellow pop artists will headline the Lollipop Festival on August 1, 2018 (Courtesy Jason Derulo)

There’s a long list of local performers set to perform with dance-pop faves Derulo and Ora when they headline this summer pop festival for a fun, festive night. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.

America
October 9, Caesarea Ampitheater

Gerry Beckley (left) and Dewey Bunnell of America, the 1970s band that will perform in Israel in October. (Official Facebook page)

The classic rock band America will perform for the first time in Israel this fall. Band members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are keeping their promise from 2014, when they initially planned a summer concert in Israel, but canceled due to the conflict in Gaza. They said then that they would reschedule their performance. Tickets available at Eventim.

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