According to The Times of Israel and Israel’s Channel 2 news, Coldplay will play two ‘peace concerts’ for a mixed Israel-Palestinian audience. The shows are scheduled to take place in an outdoor location north of the Dead Sea on November 3 and November 4, 2017. As long as logistics and security matters are arranged, “fifty thousand tickets are to go on sale for each of the two shows,” the report says, and they will be available in both Israel and Palestinian territories. No specifics were given about the venue, but the “agricultural area” north of the Dead Sea is in the disputed West Bank, which is under Israeli security control. The purpose of the concerts is to “promote human rights and coexistance.”
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Two weeks prior to the shows, the British band will reportedly also record a song with Israeli and Palestinian artists.
Immediately after Coldplay headlined Global Citizen Festival in Mombai, India in November, frontman Chris Martin visited Israel while touring possible sites for the Global Citizen Festival. In 2016, the band collaborated with two Israeli directors, Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, for the award-winning video clip for the song ‘Up & Up’.
In 2009, the late Leonard Cohen tried but did not manage to arrange a concert in Palestinian territories when he played in Israel, while in 2006 Roger Waters performed at the Israeli Jewish-Muslim peace village Neve Shalom. However, the report says, “the Coldplay plan to perform for a joint Israeli-Palestinian audience is unprecedented for an act of its stature and drawing-power.”