Devandra Banhart, a California-based Indian musician, has canceled both of his appearances in Israel. They were supposed to take place this week on Wednesday and Thursday in Tel Aviv’s Barbie Hall. Banhart was scheduled to land in Israel yesterday evening, Sunday June 14th. However, three hours before his scheduled arrival to the country and 48 hours before his first appearance, a message was received from his agent saying that due to political considerations and the pressure exerted on them, they were canceling their planned appearances in Tel Aviv.

This comes despite repeated declarations that they were planning on arriving in Israel in contrast to the cancellations of other artists from abroad due to the political situation in Israel.

As mentioned, Banhart, who already appeared in Israel in the past with smashing success, and who is considered a friend of the Israeli crowd, tacked on another show in the country after tickets for the first show were sold out. Tickets for the second show were sold out as well. After the cancellation, a message was sent that Barbie Hall would send an organized email to all ticket-holders with instructions on how to claim a refund starting this morning. (June 15)

Shahaf Schwartz and Srulik Einhorn, the producers of the show, released the following statement: “We are very disappointed by the cancellation and surprised by its timing, especially since the artist and his managers continually clarified that cancellation was not being considered as far as they were concerned, and they were coming to Israel as planned.”Geva Alon, who was supposed to be Banhart’s opening act, decided to make it up to the audience and perform at Barbie on Thursday, June 17, in a special appearance that will be open to the public, which has been frustrated by the numerous cancellations of artists from abroad that have been afflicting Israel lately. Geva Alon’s producer released the following statement: “When we heard about the cancellation, we decided to do something. We are musicians that love culture, not politicians.”