Mashrou' Leila

Mashrou’ Leila

Summer Series at Somerset House
with American Express®

Sat 15 Jul 2017
Doors 19.30
£29.50 + booking fees

For telephone bookings call 0844 847 2461 (booking with Ticketmaster, calls will cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge)

Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

Mashrou' Leila is a five-strong indie band based in Beirut.

Born out of a late night / early morning jam session at the American University of Beirut, Mashrou' Leila (whose name roughly translates to Overnight Project) are set to fill our courtyard with some of the most bitter-sweet ballads and raucous anthems you’re likely to hear.

Their rousing, sensual electro-pop anthems about political freedoms, LGBT rights, race, religion and modern Arabic identity have challenged the status quo of the Middle-Eastern pop industry. Mashrou’ Leila have won fans worldwide, and were the first Middle-Eastern artists on the cover of Rolling Stone.

The band has self-released four albums to date. Their most recent, Ibn El Leil (2015), launched at the Barbican and simultaneously televised by MTV Lebanon, brilliantly reimagines the vibrant sound of contemporary Beirut with guitars, drum machines, samples, razor-sharp violin and magnetic frontman Hamed Sinno’s mercurial voice.


"They charge the stage with electricity, sensuality and a dazzling aura of resistance...stadiums seem not only possible but imminent."

The Guardian
Mashrou' Leila, Tayf (Ghost)

“The Arab world’s most influential indie band.”

Financial Times


Archivist has been championed by Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, clocking up praise from Q, Noisey, The 405, Q magazine and many more besides. Founding member Ed Begley has expanded the live show with a host of experienced musicians who have individually worked  with the likes of Blur, Questlove, The Invisible and Ghostpoet. The band has a definitively British experimental sound with glistening synths,  intricate drums, evocative vocals and heavy grooves. For this gig, Ed is joined by longtime drummer Pete Ibbetson (Rosie Lowe/Valerie June) 
and special guest Tom Herbert (The Invisible) on bass.

Archivist, Same High

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