Byblos International Festival 2013
Once again, Byblos International Festival is true to the heritage of Jbeil, a crossroads where all cultures feel at home. Our 2013 edition will feature artists from Greece, Finland, the US, the UK, Spain, Germany and Lebanon with a repertoire ranging from rock to world, pop, flamenco, metal, Arabic song and opera.
YANNI – Sunday June 30 & Monday July 1 – 8:30pm
Superstar composer and global phenomenon Yanni is finally coming to Lebanon to play his greatest hits, accompanied by an orchestra of virtuoso musicians and vocalists.
Best-known for his television special Live at the Acropolis, his concerts are truly uplifting experiences with dazzling visual effects. After playing the most impressive venues in the world, Yanni will put the historic port of Byblos under his spell!
NIGHTWISH – Thursday July 4 – 8:30pm
Nightwish, the iconic metal band from Finland, will be hitting our Festival stage full force on July 4! Having revived the symphonic metal genre, they achieved mainstream success by introducing Celtic and medieval elements into their music.
Fronted by the stunning Floor Jansen (ex-After Forever) on vocals, Nightwish will be playing tracks from their latest album Imaginaerum alongside their biggest hits (“Wish I Had an Angel”, “Nemo”, “Over the Hills and Far Away”…).
CEELO GREEN – Monday July 8 – 9:30pm
Multi-talented and flamboyant, CeeLo Green is a modern day soul machine.
This five-time Grammy Award Winning singer-songwriter-producer is known far and wide as the voice behind the hits “Crazy”, “F*** You!” (aka “Forget You”) and “Bright Lights Bigger City”.
Recognized by TV audiences all over the world as one of the judges on the USA version of “The Voice”, the endlessly inventive CeeLo Green will thrill Lebanon with his trademark croon and his unique take on soul, pop, and funky hiphop!
LANA DEL REY – Wednesday July 10 – 9:30pm
Glamorous femme fatale, fashion icon, immensely successful singer, Lana Del Rey is all of the above and more.
In just over 2 years, her astonishing presence, seductive look and distinctive voice have made her a huge international star. Currently the ambassador of some of the world’s best-known brands, she will be gracing our shores for one exclusive night to perform all her hits (“Video Games”, “Summertime Sadness”, “Ride”…)
A Lana Del Rey concert is a truly unforgettable experience: “exuding film-noir class, her charisma is off the scale” (The Guardian)
PET SHOP BOYS – Saturday July 13 – 9:30pm
As the planet’s most successful pop duo, Pet Shop Boys have sold over 50 million records worldwide and amassed 40 top 20 hits, including classics like “West End Girls”, “It’s a Sin”, “Always on My Mind” and “Go West”.
Renowned for their breathtaking live performances that combine light shows, choreographies, eccentric costumes and incredibly catchy music, Pet Shop Boys will play Lebanon for the first time ever, as part of their Electric Tour. Prepare yourself for some serious “Domino Dancing”!
One Republic – Sunday July 14 – 9:30pm
Ever since they released their first single “Apologize” in 2007, award-winning pop/rock band OneRepublic have steadily produced a number of modern-day anthems: “Stop and Stare”, “Good Life”, “All The Right Moves”…
RAHBANI SUMMER NIGHT – Wednesday July 17 and Thursday July 18 – 9:30pm
Oussama and Ghadi Rahbani present the best of the Rahbani works in two exclusive concerts performed by a constellation of Lebanese stars: Ghassan Saliba, Ronza, Hiba Tawaji, Simon Obeid, Nader Khoury and Elie Khayat.
Accompanied by a full choir and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by maestro Vladimir Sirenko, Rahbani Summer Night features an assorted bouquet of songs from the rich repertoire of the Rahbani Brothers, of Mansour Rahbani, as well as of Elias, Marwan, Ghadi and Oussama Rahbani.
A beautiful journey through one family’s legacy and its influence on Arabic music.
PACO DE LUCÍA – Monday July 22 – 8:30pm
Paco de Lucía is the most innovative and influential flamenco guitarist of the last forty years. One of the greatest musicians alive today, beyond genres, styles, or categories, he plays his way right into audience’s hearts with his brilliant mix of technical skill and feeling.
Paco de Lucía will be performing at Byblos accompanied by six extremely talented artists from Spain and Cuba. Their music, song and dance will set this summer night on fire!
CRAZY OPERA – Wednesday July 24 – 9:30pm
Try to blend opera arias with Arabic melodies and people will definitely call you crazy. But Soprano Samar Salamé pulls it off so naturally in this delightfully fresh production staged by Jean Sakr!
Crazy Opera brings together a choir, a classical orchestra conducted by Fr. Toufic Maatouk and an Oriental ensemble led by Ziyad Sahhab on the Oud. With the participation of dancers and guests such as Tony Abou Jaoudeh, this remarkable show is anything but your typical night at the opera!
SCORPIONS – Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27 – 9:30pm
This summer, Scorpions return to Byblos by popular demand!
Following the enormous success of their last visit in 2011, they’re back for two exceptional concerts!
One of the biggest bands of all time, Scorpions have set the blueprint for power ballads with anthems like “Still Loving You” or “Wind of Change” and have rocked audiences around the world for over 40 years.
This is your last chance to get stung by these legendary rockers
This really is their final tour: “Rock’n roll forever”!
Performances before the beginning of Ramadan begin at 8:30pm
All performances during the month of Ramadan begin at 9:30pm
Tickets sold at Virgin Ticketing Box Office: Downtown Beirut, ABC Achraﬁeh, ABC Dbayeh, Beirut Souks, Crowne Plaza Hamra, City Mall Dora, Dar el-Shimal Tripoli, Al Ittihad Bookshop Saïda and Byblos Venue
Transportation from Beirut: Allô Taxi
Bus roundtrip tickets at 12 000 LBP available at Virgin Megastore
For taxi services, call 1213.