A number of artists have pulled out of the Meteor Festival in Israel, reported Resident Advisor, in response to a call from the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Recent cancellations include US producers DJ Python and Volvox, with the former tweeting “that he was initially thinking of playing the festival and donating the money to Pro-Palestinian causes, before deciding to pull out altogether”.
According to the report, “Shanti Celeste and DJ Seinfeld have also been removed from the Meteor lineup, but did not release public statements”.
Ross From Friends tweeted that he was offered to play the festival and “gladly turned it down”, and later clarifying that he “stand[s] by my decision to support the people of Palestinian, and this is the only reason I declined the invitation to the festival”.
Meteor is due to take place from 6 September, and has been the target of boycott calls from the BDS Movement, “saying that promoter Naranjah employs artists as ‘international ambassadors’ for Israel to improve its image from the outside”, while Meteor also recommends “attendees to stay in Israeli settlements in the occupied Golan Heights”.
I still stand by my decision to support the people of Palestinian and this is the only reason I declined the invitation to the festival.
— Ross From Friends (@russfrumfrunds) August 30, 2018
Artists due to play Meteor in September include Leon Vynehall, Honey Dijon, Midori Takada, Nina Kraviz, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and DJ Koze, as well as Lana Del Rey, who has thus far been refusing calls from BDS activists to cancel her performance.