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Highlights Of Babylon Bomonti's New Season

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Updated: 4 November 2016
One of Istanbul’s most important live concert venues, Babylon has been around since 1999, having recently moved to a larger venue in the former beer factory Bomontiada. Babylon’s stage has seen the likes of Patti Smith, Broken Social Scene, The National, Of Montreal, Cat Power, Woodkid, Jane Birkin, and many more. We took a look at some highlights from the new season.


November 3rd

Kalben’s acoustic performance for Sofar Sounds was one of the most watched videos on their page, setting her on a path toward fame. With songs that always delve into the deepest of emotions, you definitely won’t walk away from this concert unaffected.

Acid Pauli

November 4th

Having worked with such well-known names as Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, Martin Gretschmann (AKA Acid Pauli) wowed the crowds in Tulum for his Boiler Room performance. Check out his set that builds bridges between the worlds of techno and house while enticing you to get down.

Sophie Hunger

November 12th

Described as ‘Laura Marling, Beth Orton and Björk in one folk-rocking package’ by The Guardian, Swedish artist Sophie Hunger made her mark in 2006 with Sketches on Sea, featuring tracks she recorded in her bedroom. She went on to become the first Swedish artist to perform at the Glastonbury Festival and has released four successful albums.

Sofi Tukker

November 15th

Known for their single ‘Drinkee,’ which features the words of Brazilian poet Chacal, Sofi Tukker made it big when the song was used in Apple’s commercial for their new watch. Now the American jungle pop duo will show off what else they have in store, including addictive drumbeats and guitar riffs.

Kabus Kerim – Midnight Session

November 26th

An icon of the Turkish hip hop scene, Kabus Kerim was part of the ’90s rap group Kartel, which went on to receive MTV’s ‘Best European Act’ in 1995. Join him for this Midnight Session filled with Anatolian pop and Turkish psychedelic music.

Hey Douglas

December 2nd

One of the most successful solo projects of late, Turkish hip-hop artist Veyasin’s sets consist of samples blending psychedelic, funk, and soul pieces from the 1970s with disco rhythms. The sound is utterly unique and will make you want to dance.

İlhan Erşahin’s Wonderland

December 9th

One of Turkey’s most talented jazz saxophone players, whose technique has been compared to Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson, İlhan Erşahin is back with a new project. Accompanied by bass, drums, darbuka, and guitar, as well as esteemed clarinet artist Hüsnü Şenlendirici, the artist’s relationship with Istanbul is explored through a combination of arabesque, dub, trip-hop, electronic jazz, drum’n’bass, Balkan, and Roma beats.

Büyük Ev Ablukada

December 16th

After a long hiatus, Istanbul’s favorite band is back on stage. Known for their peculiar lyrics and an incredible amount of musical talent that unravels through improvisation, this band is definitely worth a watch. For this concert, the group will also embark on a special stage production.

Omar Souleyman

December 23rd

Omar Souleyman began his career as a part-time wedding singer in his native village in the northeastern region of Syria. By 2011, he was the surprise headliner at Glastonbury and in 2013 he performed at the Nobel Peace Price Concert in Oslo, Norway. His culturally diverse sound, which borrows from the Kurdish, Ashuri, and Arabic musical traditions, has made him one of the most unique musical artists and a favorite in Turkey.