Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Why Not?

So why haven't we had U2, Linkin Park, Muse, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tori Amos, Norah Jones etc… in Lebanon? Inno Why not? Can someone explain why? Do they charge that much?

Why not make a huge festival during the summer for only a certain type of music, Alternative music or Rock music whatever you want to call it, and it would be of an international level. Come on, do a market study, are you telling me we cannot attract visitors from the Arab World? Seriously?

Jihad el Murr? Anyone? Any investor wants to give me 5 million dollars and I will organize all that for ya.

Gosh… I don't want to wait till Coldplay (whom I saw in VA – k, I had to bring that up and piss you all off :P) band members are 90 years old and have no more fans, and then they would consider coming to Lebanon, i.e. Scorpions, Roger Waters, etc… (I did they see them, and they rocked, #justsayin)

… Okay, I feel a bit better now that I vented. 


  1. Big artists such as these charge a lot, venues in Beirut are not big enough to compensate for the cost, neither do advertisers.
    Stupid example, but Justin Timberlake took around $1.5M to come to Abu Dhabi.

  2. Bilal I don't think this is a good enough reason... all over the world big concerts are done in a section of a football field... I'm not sure why we don't have concerts in such stadiums...

    I'm not sure what the real reason is but the "no big venues" is not very convincing anymore. The DJs that are coming are charging a lot and i'm sure they can get a decent band for the same amount...

  3. Exactly TD. They can use the football stadiums in Lebanon, it's not like they're being used for anything anyway! Plus, if a festival is done, planned 6months ahead, am sure people will come from abroad. there is potential IMHO

  4. Dears, artists have huge demands other than money when they go perform, for example, none of our stadiums have proper emergency evacuation routes and exits. When we used to work on concerts in Dubai, such as Shakira or Santana, you can't imagine what they used to ask for, Lebanon and Lebanese promoters are not prepared at all!

  5. Security is number 1.

    Such bands are booked sometimes more than 1 year ahead. U2's concert in Turkey had been confirmed more than a year ahead. No organizer with their sane mind would risk such a big investment to see it lost because of a fight one day over a stupid tree. If you guys read what governments world wide write about Lebanon on their Embassy websites, it's all "Go at your own risk!"

    Lebanon is still seen by many western tourists are the risky exotic vacation destination.

    Take an example this year's Byblos festival, Archive canceled for "unknown" reasons!
    Lots of organizers have learned from their own pocket not to take high risks in booking expensive bands. Of course as Bilal pointed, there are matters of logistics, but these can be solved by money.

    Liliane, ok I did my own venting too :)

  6. Slim, true after I posted this post, the tree incident happened, I wanted to write another post saying: "Ok, now I know Why Not" lol...

    this sucks.. it really does