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Leila tempting Bacchus!
By Admin I : And it was a hell of a night at the temple of Bacchus – Baalbek, witnessing our first Mashrou3 Leila concert after being in a secret affair with Leila for a couple of years. So the old monumental space got back to life, and Bacchus himself wore his faux-hipster outfit, showed his sexy hairy legs and joined the epic performance!
Everything was out of this world with this extremely talented band, whether the new music or their well-known tracks, everyone felt the mysterious flow of energy driven by the venue, and of course by “Hamed” who was in a euphoric state of being, performing at the dream stage of every local artist. Each member of Mashrou3 Leila was performing to the fullest, even the boring lady in red, while the mystic roman aura was gracefully flaunting between Haig (the violinist) and Hamed (The lead singer) proving how each member of this band is a blooming talent, complementing the one the other.
A lot has been written and said about Leila going to Baalbek; some people thought the step came too early for a barely 5 year old band with 2 albums, not to mention the stereotypical background of its members and audience bla bla bla, but let me tell you: For once, Baalbek and whoever is behind such festivals is listening to the young audience, which is not quite beneficial on a financial note, but totally reflects a cultural sustainability for a certain festival, knowing that an audience of fake Cuban cigars and silicon boobs wouldn’t really be able to preserve such a huge heritage; call it rainbows, unicorns, Goths, call it whatsoever: Baalbek’s heritage has officially been renovated!
It wasn’t only about teenagers almost touching Hamed’s shoes on stage, or counting the stitches of his super tight leather pants, it was a flow of genuine music, of inspiration and a true reflection of an alternative identity that whether you like it or not, is what’s molding our culture. Mashrou3 Leila was able to group in one very special place, numerous members of the Lebanese creative scene, their egos, and alter egos, making the whole event, one of the unforgettable nights of Baalbek.
Still pretending we stayed for the after-party,
Cheers to Leila!