BEIRUT: It’s almost the end of summer season and Lebanon is going capping it off with a festival hosted outside the capital's daily chaos.
Organized by Kinematik, a Lebanese post-rock and experimental band, drummer Akram Hajj, and Gerard Rechdan, Sounds Good Festival will take place on Saturday, September 7, in Rayfoun-Mount Lebanon. Doors will open at 3 p.m.
The festival is a combination of music, art, and art installations by Lebanese homegrown artists and initiatives.
“We chose Rayfoun because it’s my hometown and we used to practice in my garage when we launched Kinematik. It has a lot of sentimental value,” Hajj told An-Nahar.
With a mission to empower and unite the Lebanese art and music scene, the festival will be featuring some of the most talented artists, DJs, and performers locally. Their line-up will include: Postcards, a dream pop/ indie rock band, Kozo, a post-rock band, Kinematik x Al-Darwish, experimental rock and rap collaboration, and many more collaborations.
Visual art will also be seen on site. Artists Ayman Nahle, Firas Hallak, Shirine Sbaiti, Dana Barchini, and Kaktus Tv, will be presenting their work throughout the festival.
“You’ll see it for yourself, but other than the visual artists you have art installations. The whole experience of putting the word “art” and “music festival” together is not an easy task,” Rechdan added.
The event will combine different music genres that range from indie rock to experimental and electronic. It will also feature many collaborations between diverse artists.
“When it comes to the collaboration part, whether from the lineup or the musicians and artists, the whole team is working closely on this project and it’s a big highlight to our vision,” Rechdan told Annahar.
As for the organizing process, they both agreed on how stressful and tedious it was to put together.
“We had to be very fast, because we started organizing in April and to do a festival of this scale you need at least six months to contact sponsors, lock the line-up, and get people on board. We started a bit late," Hajj said.
Being environmentally aware and conscious, the event will also be environmentally friendly as plastic is limited and much attention will be given to keeping the space clean.
“It starts small, pushing our attendees to not throw cups on the ground makes a big difference,” Gerard said, “Hopefully, this experience will amplify and other festivals will also do this, just incorporate small ideas and steps of environmental awareness within a festival.”
"For the Record," is a Annahar's new music section. It aims to cover in-depth the underground independent music scene in Beirut, which has become known around the world for the alchemical mix of local and international artists. This unique and innovative scene, defined by its superior audio-sound quality and the incredible amount of talent, has become the center of attention to many local and international audiences, initiatives, and artists.
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