Bucking the Boycott, Pixies and Soundgarden to Perform in Israel

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Bloomfield Stadium will be hosting a new international music festival next June that will feature the first appearances in Israel of the Pixies and of Soundgarden, two 1990s bands which are very popular among Israelis.

The festival, produced by Shuki Weiss, has yet to be named.

Bringing the two bands to Israel is a dream come true, Weiss said. He promised that further details about the festival will be released early next month, but did elaborate that the festival, which will take place on June 17 and 18, will include nightly joint performances by local and international bands.

The Pixies, one of the most popular alternative rock bands in Israel during the 1990’s, were supposed to perform in Israel in 2010, but their performance was cancelled at the last minute in the wake of a clash between Israeli navy commandos and Turkish peace activists in international waters, during which soldiers killed nine activists aboard a Gaza-bound aid ship.

At the time, the Pixies issued a statement saying that the decision was not taken lightly and that "we'd like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans, but events beyond all our control have conspired against us. We can only hope for better days, in which we will finally present the long awaited visit of the Pixies in Israel."

This summer, the band is planning to play in numerous festivals including this one in Israel.

Soundgarden, which reunited in 2010, will play in Israel following a few successful solo performances in Israel by band guitarist Chris Cornell.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale starting Sunday, priced at 275 shekels ($78) a piece, a discount price for early purchasers.

Joey Santiago (L), Black Francis (C) and David Lovering of the American band the Pixies pose after an interview with Reuters at Sofitel Lisbon hotel November 9, 2013.Credit: Reuters

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