Music fans in the region are in for a treat this fall as one of the best live acts in the world, The Black Lips out of Atlanta, USA and one of the Middle East’s best live acts Lazzy Lung from Beirut, Lebanon, join forces for a tour of the region.
The Black Lips, one of the world’s leading Indie Punk outfits, have been playing to capacity crowds at festivals all over the world, including headline slots at Primavera in Spain, Lowlands in the Netherlands, Reading and Leeds in the UK and Coachella in the US prompting Spin Magazine to declare in their latest issue:
“Recommendation: If you’re at a festival, and you have a choice, and Black Lips are performing, you see Black Lips. It’s that simple.”
Lazzy Lung has a similar reputation in the Middle East, having been named ‘Best Band in the Region’ in 2011 by Esquire Middle East. They were also named winners of last year’s Battle of the Bands in Dubai sponsored by Rolling Stone ME.
“We want to play everywhere on the planet, and the opportunity came up. We couldn’t say no,” bassist and vocalist Jared Swilley of The Black Lips explained.
“Anywhere that we haven’t been excites us. Not many western bands have toured the region and to be one of the first is amazing. Adventures are the best.”
The tour will take place between the months of September and October and includes gigs in Larnaca, Cairo, Alexandria, Dubai, Amman, and of course Lazzy Lung’s home town Beirut and will be filmed by Sundance Nominated film maker Bill Cody known for his critically acclaimed documentaries namely “Athens, Georgia / Inside Out” featuring R.E.M. and the B-52’s.
This is the rare chance to see two international acts in their prime and at the top of their game.
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Sept. 19, 2012 – Cypress Venue: Savino Live
Sept. 21, 2012 – Cairo, Egypt Venue: El Sawy Culture Wheel
Sept. 22, 2012 – Alexandria, Egypt: Venue: Bibliotheca Alexandrina
September 25, 2012 – Cairo, Egypt Venue: Cairo Jazz Club
Sept. 27, 2012 – Dubai, UAE, Majestic Hotel, Venue: The Music Room
Oct. 1, 2012 – Amman, Jordan Venue: Switch 51
Oct. 6, 2012 – Beirut, Lebanon Venue: Mojo Crew Club