Beirut plans lengthy summer world tour; is that kid 18 yet or what?

Beirut plans lengthy summer world tour; is that kid 18 yet or what?

Wandering troubadour Zach Condon is taking once more to the open road, purveying the lilting melodies of his band Beirut to the glittering youth of Paris, London, and Montclair, New Jersey. Over the past couple years, Beirut has been a bit under the radar lately, which is not to say that Condon and Co. have been anything but busy. In fact, Condon appeared as a guest on albums from the likes of The New Pornographers and contributed a Caetano Veloso cover to the AIDS-fighting organization Red Hot’s Red Hot & Rio 2 compilation. And now he is about to break Beirut fans’ musical drought with the announcement of a lengthy tour, possibly road-testing some songs from an in-the-works follow-up to 2007’s The Flying Club Cup (TMT Review).

Beirut is charting a course across the United States before leaving Brooklyn behind for the fair shores of merry England. While on tour, the band will appear at a smattering of summer festivals, including Bonnaroo, Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Fest, Spain’s Benicassim, and many more. Along the way, Beirut will share the stage with Arcade Fire and The National. Long Island buzz band Twin Sister will open for the band on several US dates.

Dates:

05.09.11 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
05.11.11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
05.13.11 - Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theater
06.04-05.11 - Houston, TX - Free Press Summer Fest
06.06.11 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall ^
06.08.11 - Austin, TX - ACL Live ^
06.10.11 - New Orleans, LA - Republic ^
06.12.11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.14.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat ^
06.17.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Fest at McCarren Park
06.30.11 - London, UK - Hyde Park &
07.03.11 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Fest
07.05.11 - Ferrara, Italy - Castello Piazza #
07.07.11 - Novisad, Serbia - EXIT Festival
07.09.11 - Trencin, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07.12.11 - Arles, France - Festival Les Suds
07.14.11 - Meco, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock Festival
07.16.11 - Benicassim, Spain - Benicassim Festival
07.18.11 - Lyon, France - Festival Nuits De Fourviere
07.20.11 - Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Festival
07.29.11 - Portland, ME - State Theater
09.02.11 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road
09.04.11 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.06.11 - Manchester, UK - Academy
09.08.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Pardiso
09.12.11 - Paris, France - Olympia
09.14.11 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
09.16.11 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
09.20.11 - Stradbelly, Ireland - Electronic Picnic

^ Twin Sister
& Arcade Fire
# The National

• Beirut: http://www.beirutband.com

[Photo: Rahav Segev]

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