AFGHAN ROCK BUNKER, NEW YORK
In 2011, when Afghanistan’s first rock bands–Morcha, Kabul Dreams, District Unknown, and White Page–joined forces with Combat Comms and band White City to produce the country’s the Sound Central Festival, HB (then known by its first project, HELO Media) signed up to help out. While the Afghan team, with promotional support from HB, produced the country’s first rock festival in Kabul, HB ran two concert press events in Brooklyn, New York. On September 16th, 2011, the first “Afghan Rock Bunker” starred YXFM and Gato Loco Coconino, with featured speakers Sahar Muradi (Afghanistan/USA), Acrassicauda (Iraq), and The Casualty Process (Iran) at The Hive NYC. The show was covered by The New Yorker, The Atlantic, RFERL, and other press. On October 21st, 2011, the closing show starred Zohra Atash & Religious to Damn, Opal Onyx, and Puta de Cava at the Gowanus Ballroom.