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Hamed Sinno

Poems of Consumption

Hamed Sinno

The iconic Lebanese-American indie-rock musician Hamed Sinno debuts their solo material for this year's Shubbak Festival.

After leading up one of the most prominent indie-rock bands of the Arab world, Mashrou' Leila, the prodigious composer and performer Hamed Sinno returns to the stage with their solo debut for Shubbak Festival 2023. 

Poems of Consumption is a literary song cycle that explores the resonances between Amazon-era consumerism, mental illness, unrequited love, and environmental collapse, without purporting to have an alternative or moral high-ground. It’s a portrait of Nero, a desolate working-class melancholic crying at Whole Foods while the world outside comes to a boil. The compositions juxtapose the romanticism evoked by the sound of a string section, with hyper-industrial electronica created out of the sounds of consumerism (crumpling cellophane, bubble wrap, unboxing, ripping plastic) to swing between dancefloor & aural assault. 

Start time: 8pm

Approximate running time: 75 mins, no interval.

Please note all timings are approximate and subject to change.

Trigger Warning
This show contains some content of a sexual nature and makes reference to mental illness and suicide. It also contains some strong language.

Special Effects
The show includes flashing images, strobe lighting and theatrical haze

Filming & Photography
The show will be filmed and recorded.

Produced by the Barbican in association with MARSM

Co-commissioned by Shubbak Festival and the Barbican

Supported by Arts Council England, Bagri Foundation, A.M. Qattan Foundation, British Council, and English PEN 


‘Sinno, in sequins and muscle T-shirts, sings songs that are alternately brooding and buoyant, sensual and bitingly satirical.‘
The New York Times

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