Beirut – No No No Beirut band leader Zach Condon’s story is film-worthy – as a young jazz trumpeter, he was exposed to mariachi music while growing up in Sante Fé, New Mexico. At 17, he dropped out of school and ran away to Paris after working in an international film cinema, where Sicilian funeral brass music and Balkan folk had caught his attention. He then returned to The University of New Mexico where he studied photography... Read More


Joining forces once more with Brother Willis (makers of the kaleidoscopic video for recent single ‘No No No’), and interested by the idea of a setting by the sea and “the massive island of trash that is growing and floating out in the Pacific,” ‘Gibraltar’ follows Beirut leader Zach Condon and band members Paul Collins and Nick Petree picking their way through a fantasy Gibraltar to meet its ‘Rock’.... Read More

LIVE: BEIRUT – 14/08/2014

– ALBERT HALL, MANCHESTER – Back in 2006, one Zach Condon started his own solo musical project which soon expanded into a band, now known as Beirut. Fast forward to the present, the American band has three studio albums under their name and a massive fan base with their multi-elemental indie folk rock music. The venue tonight is Albert Hall, an old chapel building that has been restored and transformed into an achingly beautiful music... Read More


Beirut are set to perform their only UK headline date outside of Greenman Festival at Manchester’s iconic Albert Hall on the 14th August. Tickets go on sale this Friday (16th) at 9am (gigsandtours) Their sound traverses a broad spectrum, from the whimsically plaintive stripped-back touches of the Decemberists to the lo-fi psychedelic experimentation of Neutral Milk Hotel who are also playing two dates at the same venue on the 17th & 18th of... Read More


Beirut are confirmed to play 2012’s Field Day Festival, at London’s Victoria Park on 2nd June and have released a brand new video for the track ‘Vagabond’. Taken from the acclaimed album, The Riptide, the video was again directed by Sunset Television “We were really excited when Beirut asked us to direct another video, and knew we wanted to make something completely different from “Santa Fe.”  “Vagabond”... Read More

LIVE: Beirut – 06/09/2011

– ACADEMY 1, MANCHESTER –Waltz With Bashir. Ever seen it? It’s an animated film that centres on the Israel/Lebanon war of 1982. At the film’s culmination, Israeli troops move in onBeirut. At night they fire flares into the night sky so that the Christian Phalangists can massacre Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, and it suddenly cuts to actual news footage. As beautiful as it is devastating, this is probably the... Read More

Album Review: Beirut – The Rip Tide

Beirut (aka Zack Condon) is quite the peculiarity.  His song writing technique is tantamount to musical colonialism (with all the positive and negative connotations involved) as he claims and manipulates great swathes of sovereign musical territory, and bedecks them with layers of semi-operatic baritone. On Gulag Orkestar he gobbled up much of Eastern Europe; on The Flying Club Cup France was devoured and on March of the Zapotec Mexico was also annexed… Condon’s... Read More