The Shubbak Festival graces us every two years. Now in its fourth edition, it brings its signature high standards in the choice of films, visual arts, performance, literature, talks, theatre, dance as well as the 'On Location' and the 'On Tour' segments. Altogether there will be 150 artists from 14 Arab countries participating in over 80 events taking place over 16 days in venues across London.
Mashrou' Leila: The five-strong indie band based in Beirut and led by Hamed Sinno will be performing as part of the Summer Series at Somerset House. Born out of a late night and early morning jam session at the American University of Beirut, Mashrou' Leila - whose name roughly translates to 'overnight project' - are set to fill the courtyard at Somerset House with their bitter-sweet ballads and raucous anthems.
Mashrou' Leila: Be one of the first to hear the new material from the band labelled the voice of the Arab Spring, combining traditional Lebanese sounds with off-beat guitars and electronica. Having emerging from Beirut’s underground indie scene, Mashrou' Leila have continued to carve out their own distinct space within Arabic pop.
Mashrou' Leila: Born of a nocturnal encounter, Mashrou’ Leila fuses the skill and craft of a music workshop with the punch of stadium rock. With their distinct approach to storytelling and orchestration, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music and gone on to perform them live at sold-out venues worldwide. The band has released three studio albums: Mashrou’ Leila (2008), El Hal Romancy (2011) and Raasük (2013).
Mashrou' Leila: The young, controversial and alternative-Arab music band returns to London in less than a year since its last sold-out performance in October 2013.