Since the explosion on August 4th, Beirut has been the centre of the world stage upon which international leaders have taken it upon themselves to arrive with their own help. The Lebanese government has done nothing, if not hindering help, and even more embarassingly allowed their helpless peoples to be at the mercy of NGOs’ initiative. Antonios put forward a possible strategy for the ripped-apart country to move forward.
Latitude Festival is on the other side of the country from my hometown of Cardiff. Located in the heart of Suffolk, the journey is a gruelling 250 miles. After completing various (lengthy) legs of public transportation with our rucksacks laden with sleeping bags, waterproofs (unused) and ciders, Exeposé Music eventually arrived on Friday afternoon just […]
Time for some Lebanese disco. Picture a pre-civil war Lebanon: regarded as a Middle-Eastern Paris, a society making real steps towards liberation for women, fashion is picking up, Beirut has become a booming port-town. It is the rich man’s Tangiers, the architecture is a fashionable if not an uncomfortable reminder of the French Mandate – […]
LNZNDRF LNZNDRF 19 February 2016; 4AD The introductory notes of “Future You” locate LNZNDRF (pronounced “Lanzendorf”) – the second side-project of members of The National in the last six months – among pulsating Sahara. Orientalism, Arabian Nights… thoughtless synecdoches are kept under wraps and torn apart. The strong riff that follows launches the album as […]
Missed our recap of January to June? Find it just here. Now to look at the latter half of 2015… July The second half of our year unfortunately kickstarted with some severe trauma: the end of Arena’s reign as VK vendor and Tuesday Cheese specialist, as its doors closed for the final time. Although it […]
O ver 1,000 students and members of the public attended a candlelit vigil to remember victims of the Paris and Beirut terror attacks yesterday evening. The event, entitled ‘Vigil for Humanity’ and organised by Lizzie Swyer, took place on the Great Hall piazza. Nearly 2,000 people were believed to have been in attendance. President of […]
Beirut No No No 11 September 2015, 4AD Beirut’s fourth album, the result of a two-week recording stint in New York, is a refreshing reminder of the importance of experimentation for today’s, and the future’s, music industry. It’s a statement of how indie-rock, folk and a hint of electronica can produce an internationally unique […]
Now stop me if I’m wrong, but the quaint cobbled streets of Exeter aren’t often graced with the strange blend of music that is Arab Pop. From the Old Firehouse to Cavern (and everything in between), you get to hear a lot of music if you keep your ear to the ground, but rarely will […]