Beirut Brixton Academy London

Two weeks after the release of a new album, the public reception of which
gave him cause for considerable anxiety,

Zach Condon’s wandering feet have brought him and his band to a sold-out show in south London and into an atmosphere that must feel to him hugely affirming.

Beirut are one of those acts whose fans are vastly loyal and loving, and the atmosphere in Brixton tonight is almost tangibly warm and fuzzy.


After almost a decade playing shows of this size, Condon and his (now relatively settled) band line-up know what they’re doing on stage.

Yet his, and their, polished stagecraft doesn’t detract from the openness
Reviews / Live and – often – the spirituality of the songs themselves.

And while some of the gloriously ramshackle nature of their recorded selves may have diminished over the course of four albums,

at times tonight most expectedly in the likes of set opener ‘Scenic World’ – it is back, and in full effect.


You used to get the feeling watching Beirut that Condon would play every instrument himself if only he could,

Beirut Brixton and as always he switches between trumpet and ukulele and god knows what else this evening.


But elsewhere on stage the brass glints in the hands of the musicians,
and the music really shines for Condon’s ability to let go.

Beirut’s music is a rich, beautiful, changing tapestry.

Tonight we get a taste of the spiritual, almost wordless, ramshackle wails of debut ‘Guleg Orkestar’,

but much more of the concisely assembled new LP ‘No No No’, with a liberal sprinkling from the albums in between.

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