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On June 22, the second day of the Full Hit Of Summer Festival took place in Vienna, Austria. The festival was organized by PSI2 music; it took place in the cozy venue of Arena, located in the city center. The place, which features an outdoor stage along with three buildings offering recreational areas, was packed.
The festival took place on June 20 and June 22. The first day saw a mix of Viennese and international bands performing, with Eagles of Death Metal as headliners. Beirut, the folk band coming from Santa Fe, New Mexico, headlined the second and final day of the festival. A thrilling crowd was longing the performance, and got completely caught into a magical atmosphere created by the band, as soon as the performance started. The day also saw the performances of Austrian multi-instrumentalist Matthias Frey, performing as Sweet Sweet Moon, of singer-songwriter Kurt Vile, and folk musician M Ward.
First time ever in Vienna for Beirut, as Zachary Francis Condon, frontman and founder of the Beirut project, told the audience. Certainly an excellent first time. The performance started at about 9:30 p.m. and went on for something more than one hour. There was not much interaction between the band and the audience in terms of talking, but there certainly was a very strong connection created by the performance and the excitement showed by the crowd.
The band went through its discography, performing several of the most famous hits, such as ‘Postcards From Italy.’ The members showed a level of maturity in terms of live performance, which can only be found in exceptional cases. Multi-instrumentalist Zachary Francis Condon sang, played and shook to the music getting completely into the soul of the show, and bringing the audience with him.
During the entire performance, Condon and the band also showed great humility, which made an already delicate performance even tenderer. The Balkan sonorities that characterize Beirut’s music, created a groovy rhythm that aroused the crowd. The majesty of the instruments that melted together created an inspiring and enchanted sound that seemed to reach and completely unify with the energetic nucleus of the concert attendees.
The band was able to serve the audience a cup full of some of the beautiful feelings that music and live performances can give. With the sole expression of music, the band was able to make the attendees leave the concert with the feeling they had just been loved very much.
Image Courtesy of Beirut