Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds announce European/UK tour, address Israel controversy

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are embarking on a massive European and UK tour kicking off in September 2024, a thrilling announcement for their dedicated fanbase across the continent. The said tour will coincide with the release of their highly anticipated 18th studio album, “Wild God,” and promises electrifying live shows across a diverse range of cities.

Fans in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and many other countries will have the opportunity to experience the band’s powerful and evocative music live. Dublin attendees are in for a special treat, with Dry Cleaning, Black Country New Road, and The Murder Capital providing electrifying support sets.

The Israel Debate Reignited

The band’s past performances in Israel have proven controversial, drawing criticism from supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement aims to bring about a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by applying different forms of economic and political pressure on Israel. Supporters of the movement argue that cultural boycotts raise awareness of the conflict and put pressure on the Israeli government to change its policies.

Opponents of cultural boycotts, like Nick Cave, believe that art and music should transcend political divides and that isolating Israel through cultural boycotts is counterproductive. Cave’s 2018 statement against cultural boycotts reignited this debate, highlighting the complexity of the issue and the lack of easy answers.

The absence of an Israeli date on the current tour adds another layer to this ongoing discussion, with some fans interpreting it as a tacit endorsement of the BDS movement. In contrast, others see it as a purely logistical decision based on routing and scheduling.

Diverse Perspectives Among Musicians

The Israel-Palestine conflict evokes strong and varied responses within the musical community. Brian Eno stands as a notable figure in support of the BDS movement. At the same time, Roger Waters, the former bassist of Pink Floyd, has been a vocal critic of Israel’s policies and a strong advocate for the BDS movement.

On the other hand, artists like Mumford & Sons and Metallica have faced criticism for performing in Israel, highlighting the complex and often contradictory positions musicians take on this sensitive issue. Singers like Lorde and Lana Del Rey have also canceled planned concerts in Israel, citing the ongoing conflict as a reason.

These diverse viewpoints illustrate the multifaceted nature of the issue and the difficulty of separating art from politics, especially when dealing with such a complex and emotionally charged conflict.

Dublin Shows, Tour Highlights, and Supporting Nialler9

Dublin’s 3Arena will host the legendary Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds for two nights in November 2024, promising a truly unforgettable experience for Irish fans. The band’s second show tickets will go on sale from 10 am on Friday, April 19th, so be sure to grab yours before they’re all gone. And if that’s not enough, the tour’s highlight is the band’s highly anticipated performance at the iconic Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, which is sure to be a night to remember.

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Key Tour Dates:

September 2024: Germany, Netherlands, Poland, and more.

October 2024: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and more.

November 2024: Dublin, UK, France

Additional dates throughout Europe (visit the band’s website for a full schedule)

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