Festival organizers announced Saturday it would hold Lollapalooza Israel in Tel Aviv next year, in what will be the country's first large-scale international music festival. Israel joins Chile and Brazil as the third of the festival's international expansions.
"Lollapalooza began as music's premier traveling festival," Perry Farrell, the festival's founder and Jane's Addiction frontman said in a statement. "As a musician, I really missed the days when we were on the move. In the last few years we've widened our scope, presenting Lolla to the 'festival generation' around the world. Next stop- Tel Aviv."
The festival is slated for Aug. 20-22, 2013 and will take place in the city's Yarkon Park, Israel's largest park. The park is no stranger to big acts, and has hosted concerts from Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.
Organizers cited Israel's demand for live music in its decision to expand there.
"Israel is an incredibly sophisticated music market," Marc Geiger of WME Entertainment said in a statement. "Consumers have a voracious appetite for entertainment, yet there has never been a major music festival. To me, this combination screams Lollapalooza."
Perry Farrell toured Israel last year and he was intrigued by the possibilities of holding a three-day event concert.
From his interview with MTV news
"Tel Aviv goes all night long, there is no curfew, they've got all these incredible night clubs, they love dance music, Yarkon Park, can hold 60,000 people, and it's right off the beach. What else do you need?," he laughed. "They allow you to stay down at the beach and party! My crew and I, we were hanging out in the water at 4 in the morning, talking [about the idea] — I hate to say it, we had beers — we were like 'Yeah man, this is great!'"
Lollapalloza in Tel Aviv, August 20-22, 2013. Its a BDS fail of epic proportions.
Local BDS'ers have been spotted sitting in a corner, twitching softly and repeating "BDS is on a roll" over and over.