8:00pm, Wed 5 March, 2008
Manning Bar, NSW
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Come March 2008 21 year old wunderkind Zach Condon will be bringing his 8 piece band, Beirut, to Australia for the very first time.Beirut's 2006 album Gulag Orkestar was one of the biggest surprise hits of recent times, innovatively combining Balkan folk music, pop melodies, & lo fi homemade psychedelic experimentation into something unquestionably & completely unique. What was even more surprising was that it was the work of someone just 19 years old. Roll forward to October 2007 & Beirut have just released their second album, the brilliant The Flying Club Cup, which, whilst losing none of it's predecessor's charms, signifies a shift, sounding this time like a love letter to French culture, again melding such diverse instrumentation as accordion, keyboards, saxophone, clarinet, mandolin, ukulele, horns, glockespiel & percussion into an entity that still sounds remarkable, contemporary yet timeless. Don't miss Beirut live with a full band when they tour Australia for the first time in March 2008.