By Leah Greenblatt
Updated December 20, 2019 at 06:12 AM EST
Credit: Jamie Hewlett; Chapman Baehler
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Image Credit: Jamie Hewlett; Chapman BaehlerTel Aviv’s Pic.Nic festival will have to do without several bands this week, including second-night headliners the Pixies, Billboard reports. A rep for the iconic alt-rock foursome provide EW with the following statement:

It is with great regret that we announce today of the Pixies’ decision to cancel their appearance on June 5 in Israel at this time.

The decision was not reached easily, and we all know well the Israeli fans have been waiting for this visit for far too long.

We’d like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans, but events beyond all our control have conspired against us. We can only hope for better days, in which we will finally present the long awaited visit of the Pixies in Israel.

The band did not specifically acknowledge last Monday’s Israeli commando naval raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship, which resulted in nine deaths and sparked a significant global outcry, though Billboard says the festival’s organizers have acknowledged that the band’s decision is related to those events.

Damon Albarn’s virtual band of cartoon misfits Gorillaz also pulled out of the event, as did UK nu-rave outfit Klaxons. Upcoming concert appearances in Tel Aviv from the likes of Elton John, Jethro Tull, DJ Shadow and Mike Patton are still scheduled to go on as planned.

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