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article imageLollapalooza heading to the Middle East in 2013

By Darren Weir     Aug 7, 2012 in Entertainment
Even before the rain-soaked Lollapalooza stages were packed up in Chicago over the weekend, festival founder Perry Farrell was announcing that the music fest would be heading to the Middle East next summer.
CNN reports Farrell saying Lollapalooza Israel will take place over 3 days from August 20-22, in Tel Aviv's Ha'Yarkon Park.
Israel has played host to several big shows like Farrell's appearance with his band Jane's Addiction last September, Madonna's launch of her MDNA world tour at the end of May and The Red Hot Chili Peppers playing at Ha'Yarkon Park next month. But this is the first large-scale global music event ever held in the country.
And why not, Tel Aviv was just chosen as one of Lonely Planet's top 10 party cities in the world.
But Farrell is aware of the country's unique customs and traditions and says he chose to host the festival mid-week to avoid the Jewish Sabbath, saying "I don't think it would be great to do it on a Friday night. No one would go."
And that might not be the end of the Israeli leg for the big show. Farrell tells CNN, "We got a call from Jerusalem, the Holy City, and they want Lollapalooza to be there, too." "But it's going to start in Tel Aviv, and we're going to do something in Jerusalem. The mayor's like, 'We want to bring young people, we want to change the perception of Jerusalem.' So we're even talking with them about it."
Israel will be the third international location for Lollapalooza, which expanded to Chile in 2011 and Brazil earlier this year. "It's like an oak seed. You look at it and go, 'What's the potential of that thing?' Put it in the ground and it starts to sprout it, and it keeps growing, and more and more branches grow out of it."
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