For the first time ever, the world’s biggest, most award-winning and most read magazine brand is launching a ground-breaking music festival right here in Bahrain.
This comes on the back of Time Out GCC launching Time Out Live!, a new, regional series of live events, and the first-ever event under the new brand is The Bahrain Music Festival.
Working with the country’s most exciting and promising talents, this milestone event will showcase popular local bands and musicians on September 30 in Café Amsterdam and La Vinoteca.
Following a massive cover feature in Time Out Bahrain (on sale August 1), profiling the best musicians and acts the Kingdom has to offer, and exploring the sheer diversity of our local music scene, we’re going all-out with a pioneering event to celebrate Bahrain’s top promoters and acts, who will gather together under one roof to bring us an incredible evening of performances.
From folksy blues to jazz, deep house to electro swing, all musical genres will be covered across numerous areas in the venue, so you can pick and choose which acts to listen to.
Just before heading off on a US tour with Jools Holland, the noted English pianist, bandleader, singer and composer, Bahrain’s own folk singer-songwriter Mo Zowayed and his band will be bringing their unique blend of American bluegrass, upbeat harmonica and acoustic guitar-driven melodies to the festival.
On the same stage, we’ll also hear from home-grown six-piece outfit Belly of Paris, led by frontman Daniel Cochran, who once described the band’s sound to us as “a very old, very rich aristocrat slowly wasting away in a crumbling mansion. It’s baroque, folklorish. It’s quite dramatic.”
Also busting out some Oriental fusion tunes on instruments like the oud, the flamenco guitar, Persian sitar, Greek bouzouki and Indian tabla – to name a few – is the growing collaboration of musicians Aalaat (the Arabic word for “instruments”), who are also known for rocking the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards in 2014.
As for the electronic artists and DJs, four known names will perform, supported by local promoter and agent Glassroom, which is currently encouraging an underground music movement on the island, collaborating with DJs and electronic musicians performing a range of music, from house to trance, techno to deep house.
If you’re a professional or budding performer who’s looking to show-off their talents on any instrument and in any genre of your choice, then do contact us.
Otherwise, if you’re a party-goer that can’t wait to attend this landmark event, we’ll reveal more information about tickets very soon. We can’t wait to see you there!
Time Out Live!’s The Bahrain Music Festival takes place on September 30 at Café Amsterdam and La Vinoteca Barcelona. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. More announcements will be made in the next issue. Until then, keep your eyes on www.timeoutbahrain.com.
Glassroom’s electronic artists
From funk to jazz and house
Saudi-American electronic musician and DJ Captain Tea is a self-confessed “genre bender” and Red Bull Music Academy bass camp alumni.
Live electronic sets
Inspired by the noise of radio transmission, Dust Frequency, aka Khuram Javed, made waves on the underground music scene in the sub-continent.
House DJ and producer
The art.haus head has played alongside the likes of Rob Mello and Matt Tolfrey, and at events such as Ministry of Sound in London and Mono_Cult in Leeds.
Electronic & minimal house
Sunny RaEva started her career in this industry in 2009 and quickly secured a number of residencies and gigs in Dubai and Bahrain.