CRADLE OF FILTH’s Tel Aviv Concert Postponement Is ‘Not Because Of Any Affiliation With Terrorist Groups’

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British extreme metal band CRADLE OF FILTH has announced the postponement of their Tel Aviv show in Israel, originally set for February 10, 2024.

This show was intended to kick off the band’s 2024 European tour with WEDNESDAY 13 and SICK N’ BEAUTIFUL. The postponement was attributed to government advisories against travel to the region, lack of insurance coverage, and logistical challenges caused by the ongoing conflict in the area.

Following “nefarious suggestions” by certain Facebook users that CRADLE OF FILTH‘s cancellation was linked to an “affiliation with terrorist groups,” the band, comprising members from the United Kingdom, USA, and the Czech Republic, issued a statement to clarify the situation. They explained that the decision was made due to government advisories against travel to the region, insurance refusal to cover the band members for the show, and logistical challenges posing difficulties for the concert to proceed.

Band said in a statement: “CRADLE OF FILTH announce the postponement of their Tel Aviv show in Israel, not because of any affiliation with terrorist groups as some people on Facebook have nefariously suggested, but due to band member’s governments advising against travel to the region, our insurers refusing to cover the band for the show and the logistics of bringing a concert and equipment to a nation in the grip of war.

“We fully understand the gravity of the situation in Israel and Gaza City at the present and apologies to all our fans in the region for the postponement.

“We are very sorry for the decision and appreciate the disappointment that our fans must be feeling, but it must be realised that this opportunity has been taken out of our hands due to the seriousness of the situation, as it was when we were forced to postpone our lengthy tour of Russia last year under similar circumstances.

“We have performed in Israel before and thoroughly enjoyed the experience with our Israeli friends and fans alike and were very much looking forward to starting our February tour in Tel Aviv.

“Thank you for your understanding. We are mere musicians not activists or soldiers and by that token, are privy to the concerns and requests of international advisement.

“Yours faithfully, CRADLE OF FILTH“.