Oxford Street hosts impromptu Ishay Ribo after-party
Hundreds of revelers joined an impromptu Israeli dance session in Oxford Street last Sunday night at the end of Ishay Ribo’s first concert in London.
The spectacle in one of the world’s best-known shopping streets came after more than 2,200 people gathered in the London Palladium to enjoy the suave tones of the famous musician, who is currently on a world tour.
Ribo – whose song Lashuv HaBaytah (Coming Home) has more than 40 million views on YouTube and who recently performed for 1,200 people at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium – was due to perform the last Chanukah in London. But the event was postponed amid a new Covid spike. Sunday’s highly anticipated concert attracted fans of all ages and religious affiliations, with charities offering discounted tickets to supporters.
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He said: “To finally be in London – at the famous London Palladium – has been a very moving experience. The whole band had an amazing time, and seeing and hearing the phenomenal energy, passion and love from the audience was just amazing. It was so special. That people come together in the simcha after such a long and difficult period of separation was incredibly moving, and when we all sang together I could truly feel the power and global connection of the Jewish people.
Ribo had established a close bond with Lord Sacks, taking part in an online conversation in words and music around Passover 2020.