Palestine's Exist Festival
is hosting an edition in London in tribute to co-founder Odai Masri, AKA ODDZ.
Exist's seventh edition will take place at east London venues Cafe OTO and The Yard from Friday, 8th September, through Sunday, the 10th. Dalston's OTO will host three events each evening, featuring N҉i҉c҉o҉l҉a҉s҉ J҉a҉a҉r҉ (b҉i҉l҉l҉e҉d҉ a҉s҉ J҉a҉a҉r҉), R҉r҉o҉s҉e҉, D҉r҉e҉w҉ M҉c҉D҉o҉w҉a҉l҉l҉, M҉a҉r҉i҉a҉ E҉i҉c҉h҉b҉e҉r҉g҉, S҉a҉m҉i҉ E҉l҉-E҉n҉a҉n҉y҉, K҉u҉j҉o҉, Z҉a҉h҉r҉a҉ M҉a҉l҉k҉a҉n҉i҉ and more, with Hackney Wick space
The Yard handing Saturday's late festivities with L҉e҉e҉ A҉d҉a҉m҉s҉ (A҉K҉A҉ C҉h҉o҉r҉o҉n҉z҉o҉n҉), D҉a҉h҉c҉ D҉e҉r҉m҉u҉r҉ V҉I҉I҉I҉, O҉x҉h҉y҉ a҉n҉d҉ R҉e҉n҉a҉t҉a҉.
"After the untimely passing of founder Odai Masri
, AKA ODDZ, on 30th June, 2023, Exist Festival stands as a potent legacy to Odai's pioneering vision that has been instrumental in shifting the cultural tide in the region", the festival's team wrote on Instagram
Masri had been a key figure in Ramallah's electronic scene since 2006, running labels like Harara Records and station Radio Nard. He was also a resident of Istanbul-based community radio station ROOT
. He had been open on social media about the effects of his devastating double-ear infection, difficulties seeking treatment and with immigration, and his mental health in recent years.
Exist has also hosted previous editions in cities like Ramallah, Amman, Beirut, Berlin, Oslo
since 2019.In June
, Exist released a compilation, titled 'No ComplY
', to raise money for a community skatepark in Gaza.
See the line-up below, and find more information about the festival and tickets via Cafe OTO