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Despite our huge music festival culture in Britain, we're looking further and further afield for festival delights we have not yet experienced. Prepared to travel half-way around the world for new festival ventures, from the enormous Coachella in the iconic Mojave Desert, California, to Exit in the fortress of Novi Sad in Serbia, our festival-seeking instinct never subsides. However, one festival that is only just hitting our sound waves now, despite it being in its second year, is Sound Central. And with a tagline promising to be 'Central Asia's Modern Music Festival', there is a lot to live up to; especially as it takes place in Afghanistan.
The region's first 'rock' music festival since the mid-seventies, Sound Central, is like a blessing welcomed with wide open arms by the country's youth. While the organisers kept last year's edition on the downlow for fear of certain mishaps threatening to give the festival a bad name, it was one of the biggest events the Afghan capital, Kabul, has seen in years.
The festival ran on 1 October with musicians from all over Central Asia like Tears of the Sun from Uzbekistan, multi-media artist, Arian Delawari, and Kabul Dreams, as well as international household names like Asian Dub Foundation.
The line-up for this year's edition has yet to be confirmed and will be announced in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can visit the Sound Central website for practical information.Afghanistan
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