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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds announce return to Israel next June

After wowing Israeli audiences in 2017 with shows that many consider one of the best performances by a foreign artist in Israel, Australian singer/songwriter Nick Cave and his band the Bad Seeds will be returning to Israel on June 17 next year.

The show will take place at Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa, as part of a world tour promoting Cave’s album Ghosteen, that deals in part with the tragic death of his 15-year-old son  who died in 2015 after a fall from a cliff.

Cave is one of the most acclaimed songwriters in performers currently active and has been releasing music with The Bad Seeds since 1984. More than 17,000 fans attended Cave’s 2017 shows at Menorah Mivtahim Arena in Tel Aviv, including Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who was in Israel at the time.

At a press conference in Tel Aviv prior to those shows, Cave – a staunch supporter of the right of artists to perform in Israel –  said that his shows were a direct result of the attempt by the BDS movement to silence artists. “In a certain way, the BDS movement is responsible for my coming to Israel,”  he said, adding that his appearances marked “a principled stand against anyone who tries to censor and silence musicians.”

On his website last year, he slammed ongoing efforts to impose a boycott on Israel, calling such a move “cowardly and shameful.”

“I do not support the current government in Israel, yet do not accept that my decision to play in the country is any kind of tacit support for that government’s policies,” Cave wrote. “Nor do I condone the atrocities that you have described; nor am I ignorant of them. I am aware of the injustices suffered by the Palestinian population, and wish, with all people of good conscience, that their suffering is ended via a comprehensive and just solution, one that involves enormous political will on both sides of the equation.”

Ticket sales for Cave’s show go on sale October 22 at or by calling *9066.

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