This is not what the producers had hoped for: Siouxsie Sioux (originally Susan Janet Dallion), lead singer of the “Siouxsie and the Banshees,” has cancelled her visit to Israel and will not take part in the Heatwave Festival together with Morrissey and the “New York Dolls.”
The producers of the show said “we had to cancel Siouxsie Sioux’s visit for bureaucratic reasons.” Sioux has now officially joined the company of other international artists who had cancelled their visits to Israel this summer, including Björk and Chris Cornell.
Another change is schedule has Morrissey’s performance relocated from Ganei Yehoshua (Yarkon Park) to the grassy knolls of the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center in Tel Aviv due to low ticket sales. Other international artists who had been relocated from the Convention Center to Hanger 11 are Cypress Hill, Ian Brown and Sean Kingston.
Siouxsie Sioux’s slot in the festival will be taken by the sought-after Israeli artist Assaf Avidan, who continues to soar high. The production says that Avidan was chosen by Morrissey himself after receiving a few tapes by Israeli artists performing in English.
As was published last Wednesday, the veteran band “New York Dolls” will hold another concert at Tel Aviv’s Barby Club on July 30, the day following the festival.