Comings and goings shake up summer concert lineup

Die Antwoord cancels, The Stranglers delay and Oi Va Voi and Yngwie Malmsteen announce shows.

Die Antwoord (photo credit: COURTESY PR)
Die Antwoord
(photo credit: COURTESY PR)
As the summer concert scene in Israel kicks off in earnest, a variety of changes are shaking up the busy calendar.
In the biggest news, Die Antwoord, the South African hip hop duo, has canceled its August 2 show in Rishon Lezion.
“Die Antwoord needs to reschedule the start of their tour to begin on August 4 in Belgium and unfortunately their show at Live Park Rishon on August 2 needs to be canceled,” the group told the local production company. “Ninja and Yolandi look forward to rescheduling their appearance and to once again perform in front of their amazing fans in Israel.” Ticket holders will be fully refunded by the production company.
Ahead of its 2016 show in Israel, Die Antwoord was pressured by BDS supporters to cancel, but they appeared regardless and played for close to 20,000 fans.
“Everyone be getting their f***ing panties in a knot, because like ‘Why you going to Israel? Don’t go to Israel!’” Ninja – half of the duo – said on stage in 2016. He continued by saying that he didn’t care about anything besides making music and performing for fans: “So thank you very much for having us!” Also this week, The Stranglers announced that they would be delaying their Tel Aviv show from June until October for “logistical problems.” The British rock band was scheduled to perform – for the third time in Israel – at the Barby in Tel Aviv on June 20, but will push back the show until October 16 instead. Tickets will transfer over to the new date.
And two new acts have confirmed this week that they will be heading to Israel soon – heavy metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and British group Oi Va Voi.
Malmsteen will be heading to Israel not just to perform, but also to host a master class in guitar. The Swedish rocker will host the class and the show on September 11 and 12, respectively, at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv. Malmsteen, who has been performing for 40 years and has released 20 studio albums, was named as one of the top 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine. Tickets will be available for sale via, ranging from NIS 299 to NIS 329.
Also returning this summer is Oi Va Voi, the group of Jewish British musicians who have played on stages across the globe.
Oi Va Voi will perform at the Rishon Lezion Live Park on July 4 for one show only. The klezmer fusion band has performed in Israel three times in the past, and this time it will be joined by Israeli singer Zohara Niddam. Tickets for the show are on sale via and range from NIS 160 to NIS 199.