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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a divisive issue worldwide but a deadly one for the people living it, has plagued the region for decades. All the while, artists have struggled with how to best support an end to the turmoil. Roger Waters once played a show at the Jewish-Muslim peace village Neve Shalom, but has more recently taken up an Israeli boycott alongside musicians like Elvis Costello and Pixies.
2017 may well see a major group undertake a decidedly different course of action, however. Coldplay is reportedly planning a massive and unprecedented pair of “peace concerts” for both Israelis and Palestinians in the fall.
Times of Israel (via Stereogum) reports that the shows are scheduled for November 3rd and 4th in an undisclosed “outdoor location north of the Dead Sea.” That could place them in the highly disputed West Bank territory, which is currently under Israeli security control. 50,000 tickets will be sold for each performance and will be available in both regions, thus bringing together both sides of the conflict for one event promoting peace and human rights.
Coldplay also intends to travel to Israel two weeks prior to the concerts to record a song with Israeli and Palestinian musicians. All of this hinges on nailing down security and logistics, but tickets will become available as soon as all the pieces are in place; the Times says that could happen sooner rather than later.