More than 50,000 Israelis protest in Tel Aviv over trance festival clampdown

More than 50,000 Israelis protest in Tel Aviv over trance festival clampdown

Protesters and music lovers are calling for the ‘freedom to dance’ in response to a recent clampdown on psytrance festivals in Israel.

More than 50,000 Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Thursday night, in an act of protest as a result of authorities implementing new restrictions which had led to the cancellation of at least 5 festivals.

A number of popular Israeli artists participated including Azax Syndrom, Vini Vici, Rising Dust, Ace Ventura, Bliss, Captain Hook, Eitan Reiter, Space Cat, Astral Projection, Dekel and more.

Popular export Infected Mushroom also released a statement to show their support, “We can’t be with you at the protest but our hearts are with you, go and protest for your right to dance.”

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Last month, the popular Doof Festival was cancelled due to “widespread drug use”. Fans protested at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, which led to 15 arrests and a number of injured, including police.

According to organizers of Doof Festival, the police changed their attitude toward large outdoor parties after two men died from drug overdose at the Neverland Electronic Music Festival in October.

Israel is known worldwide as a psytrance festival hotspot, with a long history spanning several decades. Some of the most popular festivals include Doof Festival, Midburn (Burning Man regional event), Unity Rising Spirit Festival, Neverland Electronic Music Festival, Tamar Festival and more.

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Mila Riley

Mila is a German writer who has spent the past few years traveling the globe recording her experiences with pen and paper. Along the way she's also attended many festivals, cultural experiences, foods and more. While Mila isn't traveling right now due to the pandemic, she's gearing up for her next big trip in 2021 again!