A rock band known as the ‘Israeli Beatles’ are coming to London next month to perform in a fundraising concert for a charity helping feed Israelis living in poverty.

Kaveret, also known as Poogy, after their rock opera Sipurei Poogy, were given the ‘Beatles’ nickname in the early 1970s, before representing Israel in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, where they came seventh.

The band, whose five original members met during national service, quickly became known for its often humorous songs and unique style of music.

They released three albums but personal differences and a failure to land a big recording contract in the US meant that the band split up shortly after returning to Israel in 1976.

However, they reunited in 1984 and again in 1990, going on tour, and in 2013 announced another series of reunion concerts.

In London on 11 June will be two of the original members – Danny Sanderson and Gidi Gov – raising money for Meir Panim, which helps Israelis living below the poverty line. Organisers said this week that there were just over 200 tickets left.

 

Danny Sanderson and Gidi Gov

 

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