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Ana Maria Luca

Rockin’ the Woods

 camp site near the Lebanese mountain village of Chbanieh hosted last weekend “Rockin’ the Woods,” a three-day music festival meant to bring back memories of Woodstock. The music extravaganza brought together 30 Lebanese bands from a variety of rock and metal genres – giving the event a distinctively harder sound than its American predecessor.

  • Patrick

    This event was so sad. Nobody was there. It was advertised as the "Lebanese Woodstock" but really it was just a grimly attended metalfest. Book some international bands that actually have albums released and people will show.

    September 6, 2010

  • Terry

    This country is hopeless. I migrated to the U.S. twice in my life and lived there for over 20+ years. Living in Hollywood and mingling with rock musicians -- some famous, some not (no name dropping) - I witnessed first-hand the solidarity amongst musicians based on shared love of music and common social values, notwithstanding the petty bickering in isolated cases between this and that band due to petty rivalries and the human condition. Spending a few years in Beirut during the 90s, I regularly attended concerts and gigs for local bands, which gave me hope that the long standing vigor of the Lebanese underground music culture is indeed alive and striving. To hear now that the political bickering has actually extended to the one scene that is defined by definition as a counter-culture movement and the voice of descent, is testament to the extent of superficiality that has permeated the collective Lebanese culture. I think, for the third time, I will consider migrating for good.

    September 6, 2010

  • May

    Rock is dead locally. People fight offer stupid issues. Some major promoter should rescue this by booking international bands. I have lost hope with local bands and their constant hatred towards each other. It was these people who made me stay home rather than go to those little concerts.

    September 2, 2010

  • fady

    wow wow wow! Lebanese Woodstock? dont over do it. This is ofcourse very important for lebanon but surely keep away from the traditional lebanese Ego. Also the comment regarding "people turning away from rock to chose electronic music because of the government pressure" is simply a lame excuse. Traditionally Lebanese fight and especially in the metal scene. watch how they will bite each others' flesh out. there are already articles on this by critics and those who like to answer them in a very low language. Anyways good luck for the future.

    September 2, 2010

  • Fady Abourjeily (PRIMAL/CRAVE Bass Player)

    It Was An Awesome Event.. One Of The Best Events Ever To Be Witnessed In The Lebanese Rock/Metal Scene! \m/ Lookin forward for Another ROCKIN' The Woods! Cheers \m/

    August 31, 2010

  • Maddy

    Rock music was VERY popular in the 90s here in Lebanon- before it was "banned" for being blamed for a number of suicides. There have been a number of big bands that have performed in Lebanon including a 17,000 strong Scorpions concert, Deep Purple & Roger Waters from Pink Floyd. Too bad it was an empty festival, looks like dance and electronic music are indeed much more popular now.

    August 31, 2010