British giants Radiohead have been warned against performing at an upcoming show in Tel Aviv, Israel. The band (who are currently touring in support of their 2016 album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’) have been singled out in an open letter signed by a number of musicians including Young Fathers and Thurston Moore.
Radiohead are one of the biggest pop bands of the last two decades, and boast an all encompassing fanbase that stretches the length of the globe. The band are currently mid way through their huge ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ world tour, and have enjoyed some of their best live show in years.
Unfortunately, the tour has also been rife with technical glitches, the most notable coming at last weeks Coachella Festival. The band took to the stage brimming with confidence; however, after 20 minutes of severe sound problems, Radiohead were twice forced to leave the stage. Towards the end of their set frontman Thom Yorke quipped “Can you actually hear me now?” I’d love to tell you a joke, lighten the mood, something like that. But this is Radiohead, so fuck it,”
Technical errors may well be out of the band’s control; however, something they do have control over is whether to go ahead with their upcoming show in Israel.
In an open letter issued by Artists For Palestine, Radiohead have been urged to avoid the upcoming gig. A section of the letter warns the band: “by playing in Israel you’ll be playing in a state where, UN rapporteurs say, ‘a system of apartheid has been imposed on the Palestinian people’.” It further claims that Radiohead have previously turned down a cultural boycott of Israel, adding: “Since Radiohead campaigns for freedom for the Tibetans, we’re wondering why you’d turn down a request to stand up for another people under foreign occupation.”
Radiohead have also received advice from esteemed British film director Ken Loach, who explained: “I’m afraid your pious words will mean nothing if you turn your backs on the Palestinians.”