Wyclef Jean at Beit Misk June 4th!


So, festivals season is almost upon us this year, and as usual, I’ll be leaking some of the acts on the blog! I haven’t been in Beirut much, so I am a bit late, and for the first time since the blog, Byblos Festival beat me to the announcement =P But, it’s still early, don’t worry guys!

Beit Misk started doing their own festival last year, and this year they’re taking it up a notch. What was nice about it last year, is the venue, which is a sunset-time place, with a bar and food available to enjoy the show, and of course the awesome view of Beirut and the sea from up there.

They kick off with Wyclef Jean on June 4th, and have 3 other nights scheduled after it. So, for all you Wyclef fans, rejoice!

The Weekly Leaks: Uberhaus Epic New Venue

So, a lot of you have been asking (including myself) where the winter venue of Uberhaus is gonna be. The Garten as a summer venue remains unparalleled in Beirut and the region, and the old, tiny Uberhaus though cozy, was a bit too stuffy after getting used to The Garten.

This year, Uberhaus is moving into the Mar Mikhael Bus Station!

05242011104The massive, disused warehouse is coming back to life Uberhaus-style on the 22nd of November with none other than Solomun.

See you there folks, and I’ll try to get my hands on a few shots of the inside soon!

Here’s a taste of what’s coming




Middle East’s Largest Karting Circuit Opening in Lebanon


It’s gonna be 1.3 kilometers long, the longest kart circuit in the Middle East, and it’s set to open this month! It’s located in Mtein, the hometown of the man behind this project, Walid Bou Sleiman.

We have a lot of kart racing enthusiasts in Lebanon (myself included!) but the existing tracks were too tiny (400 meters was the largest in Lebanon) and the cars weren’t always up to par. This place is gargantuan, located on an 80,000 square meter plot of land nestled high up in the mountains with an absolutely breathtaking view.

This track will hopefully put Lebanon on the kart racing map, attracting folks from abroad as well as helping local racers hone their skills on this gorgeous track in this breathtaking location.

Check their Facebook page: RPM Lebanon


Rubik Opening July 4th: Here’s the Where and What


So, you’ve all seen the Rubik teaser campaigns all over social media. So, I dug a little deeper and got the information we’ve all been wondering about.

Rubik is a pop-up club. It doesn’t have a specified venue, and will be moving around Lebanon to do parties twice a month. The music promises to be great, with Gunther on board to help make sure the musical menu is something we’ll like.

The idea is a series of translucent white water tanks, embedded with an LED system that’ll make the “cubes” light up in harmony with the music. It should look pretty trippy, walking around a venue that looks like a Rubik’s cube (hence the name!) that changes color, speed and rhythm with the music.

The launching is on the 4th of July, and I sadly will not be in Lebanon for that! So, let me know how it goes… And the first venue is going to be the gorgeous St. George in Ain El Mreisseh.

The Weekly Leaks: b018’s Train Station Mar Mikhael Opening Soon!


So, the rumors are true. The beloved Mar Mikhael Train Station is becoming a legit venue.

Nestled between a handful of derelict water towers, hangars and locomotives, a lounge complete with good music, barbecues and great cocktails is opening up shop in the old train station at Mar Mikhael.

The guys behind B018 and Alain Hadife are setting up this new concept right across the highway from b0. So, you can chill there around sunset and get in the mood before continuing your party in the AM across the highway.

I think it’s awesome they’re pumping in some life back into the abandoned train station. Let’s hope it one day becomes an actual trains station again. Till then, it’s one of Beirut’s newest and hottest venues and will be open and ready in the next couple of weeks!

Here’s a few shots I took today. The ground is getting set up and they start installing everything once the rain slows down!

The Weekly Leaks: Scylax Beach Resort in Jiyeh this Summer

unnamed-1Wow. I love the architecture. I wonder how much it’d cost to rent out one of those bug-like rooms up top…

It’s supposed to open somewhere around June-July this summer, and it’s looking really cool. Resorts often don’t spend much time and effort on their architecture, and just throw a bunch of white furniture around a pool. This is looking great.

Summer Misk Festival with Josh Martin, Goran Bregovic and Yuri Buenaventura


Usually, festivals in Lebanon are geared towards one direction: rock and pop, with a sprinkle of electronic. This year though, fans of world music, gypsy music and salsa are in for a treat in a place where the only thing better than the weather, is the view.

On the 10th, 11th and 12th of July, Summer Misk is happening in Beit Misk. If you’ve never been before, you need to go up just to see the view, and the festival’s timing fits that perfectly, with drinks served at 7PM and the concerts and afterparties lasting till well after midnight.

Being friends with so many indie/hipster/weird awesome people, you get to know who Goran is and understand that your friend take salsa classes already thinks he dances like Buenaventura. And if you like Swedish House Mafia, and couldn’t care less who those other guys are cause you were born after the 80s, you have Josh Martin smack dab in the middle with his chart-topping commercial hits like “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Save the World Tonight” with the Swedish House Mafia.

The Weekly Leaks: 5 Unannounced Byblos Festival Acts

1- Massive Attack

These guys are the only ones I’m truly excited about. I love their work, and love the remixes of their work by the likes of Gui Boratto and Zeds Dead a lot more.

Here’s one of their classics which I’m sure you’ve all heard, and you most probably know the beyond epic “Paradise Circus” ft Hope Sandoval.

2- Epica

Dutch symphonic metal band will also be coming to Byblos this year! So, that’s good news for all you metal heads out there!

epica3- Beirut

The band that has the same name as our beloved capital, are finally coming to Lebanon! I know a lot of you guys love them, I remember when I was in New York, friends would beg me to watch them live and take videos for them, so, I think it’s gonna be great.


4- Yanni

He’s coming again! So, if you didn’t catch this living legend last year, this time’s your chance!

5- Guy Manoukian

To add some Lebanese-born talent to the whole mix!



Beirut Opening Dates for the Summer’s Biggest Clubs and Party Crews

1- The Garten: June 7

I’ve been following The Garten every step of the way since the first bolt and nut were put together to make its iconic dome. It’s hands-down my absolute favorite venue, and this year it’s coming back with the same winning set-up, only even better if that’s possible. There’s a very good chance you’ll bump into me there every Saturday this summer, the one day The Garten opens in its Beirut Waterfront venue. Here’s their Facebook.

2- Sky Bar: June 7


The luxury, glitzy rooftop is opening up the same night as The Garten, but given the very different crowds and scenes, they’ll both be packed. For make-up, heels, cigars and a lot of gel and hairspray, this is where you want to be, catered to with music you’ll hear on the radio Top 40 charts on your drive down. I’m not sure who the big guest star is for the opening night, but I’ll tell you when I find out!

3- White Beirut: May 22


If I feel like stepping out of the underground scene for a day or two, and slap on some slick pants, shirt and kicks, White is where I’d go. The usual commercial blend of music is interrupted by decent intermissions of everything from deep house, to trap music. Their resident DJs are great, and the venue is one of my favorite, which allows relative ease of motion in the always packed all-white venue. They do RnB on Wednesdays too, which is one of their hallmark nights for years now.

4- Pier 7: Sometime in June


There’s something different about Pier 7 this year, but, one thing I will assure you of is that it’s gonna be very different from years past. I guess their underground music series last year that included living legends like Gui Borrato, Booka Shade and many others was a hint about the venue’s transformation into something more than your average glam and glitz open-air club in Beirut.

5- C U NXT SAT: Started


It started on Wednesday night and it was a packed house. The iconic Sporting Club venue is back, with the backdrop of Beirut on one side, landing airplanes on the other and the Raouche rock formations on the other, you’ll enjoy the sets and salty breeze that was a staple of last summer’s weekends. As the name suggest, it’s happening at Sporting almost every Saturday, so check their Facebook page before putting your flip-flops on!

6- Decks on the Beach: May 30

10172774_559313500852106_4526717601202560486_nIf you take the C U NXT SAT crowd, switch the second 9 with an 8 in their birth dates, and a dash of sophistication, you’ll get the Decks on the Beach peeps. The slightly more nu-disco geared party crew is also a staple of summer weekends in Beirut, and they set up shop every Friday at Sporting Club in Raouche. So, if you’re in the mood for a crowd slightly on the older side but still parties like hell, then this is where you wanna be on Fridays!

7- Electric Sundown: May 30th

The epic beach parties last year during the day, have been transformed this year into sunset-evening parties every Friday night starting at 5:00PM and ending around midnight. So, save the dates, and the names coming are MASSIVE.