Lebanon News

Beirut music festival goes on despite security threats

Fareeq al-Atrash perform at the Roman Baths during the 2010 La Fete De La Musique.

BEIRUT: La Fete De La Musique is set to take place Saturday evening despite a security lock down that took over the country Friday after a car bombing hit east Lebanon.

The 2014 edition of the music festival will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, with acts scheduled until 2 a.m. around Beirut’s Central District.

Local and regional bands will play at six stages set up around Zaitunay Bay, Uruguay Street, Martyrs Square, Beirut Souks and the Roman ruins.

The performances will feature well-known local acts such as electro indie pop band Loopstache, post-jazz rock group Pindoll and indie-blues act the Wanton Bishops.

The Live Achrafieh Music and Street Festival that was set to take place Saturday was canceled Friday due to the security situation.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a police checkpoint Friday morning, killing one ISF officer. Earlier that morning, security forces raided two hotels in Hamra, arresting 17 suspects in an alleged plot to assassinate Speaker Nabih Berri at a conference he was to attend at UNESCO in Beirut.





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