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Wow!...we are kind of tempted to end this blog here, there is not much more you can say after such an epic weekend in one of the World's most incredible cities.
We have just returned to Dubai after a simply awesome 5 days in Beirut and it is an experience that will live with us for a long time. From the moment we staggered off the plane into the elegant chaos of this great city to the time we had to drag ourselves back to Dubai, everything about the trip exceeded expectations. In fact Beirut should really come with a health warning, those guys really know how to party...
The main reason for going was to play the American University annual 'Outdoors' festival, which is a riot (almost literally) of sound, colour, energy and more pretty girls than is really fair for one city. Over 17,000 people came through the doors over the weekend and we had the privilege of playing just as the sun was setting through the cedar trees clinging to the hills overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. We will post the pictures in due course but they cannot do justice to the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd. We were delighted to see that some of the people in the crowd knew the lyrics to our songs. 'Empires' has been on sale in Lebanon for a couple of weeks but as this was the first time we had been there to promote it we were not expecting that many people to know who we were. We played for 45 minutes and had a great slot to play, right after our good friends from Lazzy Lung, who put on an epic performance and who deserve to do great things in the industry.
We also got to spend 7 or 8 hours talking to the media, thanks to our good friends at Music Master and Sony Music. It is always a challenge to find 6 different ways of answering the same question without sounding repetitve or contradicting yourself...who knows if we managed it! if you are in Lebanon, look out for some JD articles coming soon. We also spent a fun hour at the radio 1 studios doing an interview and playing 'Without You' on the radio for the first time. We do not have plans to release it as a single yet, but it sounded really good on the radio so you never know...The soundcloud recording of the interview is on our FB page along with some photos from the weekend if you want to check them out.
Anyhow, we are off back to bed for a week to recover from some epic parties. We met some great new friends, hopefully impressed a few new fans and created some memories that will keep us going through the long hot Dubai summer.
Catch you soon.