Balkans to support Gogol Bordello

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Derry’s Balkan Alien Sound, just home from another successful tour of Catalonia, have been asked to support New York’s famous Gogol Bordello next Wednesday night at the Mandela Hall, Belfast.

Famed for their high octane live shows, this will be Gogol Bordello’s first show in Belfast and they have promised that it will be the best St Patrick’s Party ever.

Marty Coyle of the Balkans couldn’t believe his luck when the call came through: “We couldn’t quite believe it. We are all massive fans of the band and their style of gypsy punk has been partially influential to our own expression of gypsy music.

“Of course we jumped at the chance and can’t wait to meet the lads on Wednesday and play a concert together which is bound to be a great dance-fuelled party!”

Gogol Bordello released their fifth album Transcontinental Hustle in April 2010. The Rick Rubin produced record continues the band’s cultural crusade to unite and celebrate unending originality against all odds.

On Trans-Continental Hustle Gogol Bordello bring us to a new exotic destination, Brazil, where frontman and visionary Eugene Hutz took up residence two years ago.

Trans-Continental Hustle is the first Gogol Bordello studio album since 2007’s ‘Super Taranta!’ which inspired the rarest of accolades, an “A+” from Robert Christgau, who called them “the world’s most visionary band.”

Gogol Bordello’s radical invocations of positive primal energy and planetary consciousness combine with a music infused with ska, metal, punk, rap, dub and, more recently, intimations of indigenous Brazilian sounds to produce a party maelstrom of electrifying proportions.

Tickets for the show are £25, available from Ticketmaster outlets, Queens Student Union, www.belfastfestival.com