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There was much anticipation for the Radiohead concert that took place in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park last night. Radiohead is a famous English rock band, that have a number of hits including “Creep” and “Karma Police.” The anticipation for the show was due to Israeli’s love for the band and their music and the intense opposition that the band received from activists and supporters of the BDS movement. Among the most notable anti-Israel activists that tried to sway the band from planing in Tel Aviv was former Pink Floyd front man, Roger Waters.
Ken Loach, the British filmmaker, also attempted to bully Radiohead into cancelling their concert in Tel Aviv. (While Loach regularly promotes the cultural boycott of Israel, he allows his films to be freely distributed in the Jewish state.)
— Ken Loach (@KenLoachSixteen) July 11, 2017
The show was also noteworthy, in that it was the longest set the band played in 11 years! Toward what seemed like the end of the show, lead singer Thom Yorke, who’d been relatively quiet all night, told the fans: “We ain’t done yet. We came all the way here. We’re gonna play our fingers off.” One quote from Thom Yorke, Radiohead’s front-man, seemed to really sum up the evening. “A lot was said about this, but in the end we played some music,” Yorke said.
Radiohead has played multiple times in Israel – last night’s concert was the bands 4th show in Israel – and we hope that they come back again soon. Lev Haolam thanks Radiohead for rocking Tel Aviv and for standing with Israel!