- 9 - Mashrou’ Leila (indie-pop band)

"A Lebanese band with an eclectic sound, tears up the conventions of Arabic pop culture" - BBC

Born of a nocturnal encounter at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou’ Leila is a five-member band that fuses the craftiness 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 went on to perform them live at sold-out venues in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Tunis, Morocco, France, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, USA and Canada to name a few, as well as international festivals such as Byblos, Baalbeck, POP Montreal, Roman theatre in Amman, Paleo and Exit.

"It’s such an impressive performance that stadiums seem not only possible but imminent." - The Guardian

The band has released four albums to date: Mashrou’ Leila (2008), El Hal Romancy (2011), Raasük (2013), and Ibn El Leil (2015). Their music unfolds like cinematographic fictions starring lovesick characters in desolate motels or wandering insomniacs in ghostly cities. At times quirky and playful, at others bitter and somber, the songs demonstrate the band’s great versatility in dealing with musical form, narrative, and social issues.

"The voice of their generation" - CNN

The fourth album Ibn El Leil was recorded in Paris at La Frette Studios and released at the Barbican Centre in London. 

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