Gogol Bordello
23 & 24 May
Helsinki, Tampere

HELSINKI and Tampere are both hosting a gypsy party in May, when the infectious energy of Gogol Bordello takes to the stage for a duo of performances.

Every Bordello show is an exercise in dispensing every last drop of energy, as this nine-piece ensemble whips audiences around the globe into a frenzy of dancing with their winning blend of gypsy folk, reggae, hip-hop and punk rock.

Headed by charismatic front man Eugene Hütz, the band started out by playing straight gypsy music at Russian weddings in the USA, until the release of their first single When the Trickster Comes A-Pokin’ in 1999. Soon they were headed back into the studio, for their debut full-length album, Voi-La Intruder.

Subsequent years have seen a number of well-received full-lengths, with the release of fourth album Super Taranta! in 2007 greeted with tremendous critical praise worldwide; eventually appearing frequently on year-end “best of” lists.

The band arrives in Finland yet again, this time on the strength of last year’s Pura Vida Conspiracy. The album’s title is derived from a Spanish slang phrase for “pure life”.

These Finnish dates kick off an extensive European and US tour of pure life that stretches into September.

James O’Sullivan
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