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Eurovision star Kirel sells out Tel Aviv concert in hours

The Israeli songstress will take the stage on Sept. 21, with a second date possible.

Noa Kirel holds a press conference in Tel Aviv, Aug. 10, 2022. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.
Noa Kirel holds a press conference in Tel Aviv, Aug. 10, 2022. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Israeli pop star Noa Kirel, fresh off her third-place finish at the 2023 Eurovision, sold out Yarkon Park, the country’s largest entertainment venue, in less than five hours on Sunday.

The Sept. 21 concert at the outdoor venue in north Tel Aviv comes after May’s Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. There, Kirel performed her hit song “Unicorn,” which earned the 22-year-old IDF veteran from the central Israeli city of Ra’anana the best finish for Israel since Netta took the top prize in 2018.

Around 60,000 tickets were allocated for the Yarkon Park performance and Kirel’s representatives are looking into the possibility of adding another show for Sept. 23.

Last August, Kirel became the youngest Israeli singer to perform at Yarkon Park at the age of 21.

“I didn’t sleep at night, it’s very exciting,” Kirel said at the June 29 press conference announcing the upcoming concert. 

“There will be surprises and I have some ideas I have thought of. I think the main thing I learned from the previous show is that I can [do it], because I hadn’t done a show of this magnitude before. I really proved to myself that I am capable and now I have the opportunity to take it to the next level and make it even bigger.”

A sell-out crowd of more than 60,000 welcomed Guns N’ Roses to Yarkon Park last month. It was the fourth time the band has performed in Israel, following performances in 1993, 2012 and 2017.

In other entertainment news, five-time Grammy-award-winning American pop singer Christina Aguilera will perform in Israel for the first time this summer.

She is scheduled to take the stage on August 10 at Live Park in Rishon Letzion.

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