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Gogol Bordello bring their gypsy-punk show to town

GOGOL BORDELLO ... bring their rowdy brand of gypsy-punk to the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Monday, December 8.
GOGOL BORDELLO ... bring their rowdy brand of gypsy-punk to the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Monday, December 8.

A BAND who are renowned as one of the most energetic acts around are bringing their riotous live show to Tyneside as part of a short UK tour.

Gogol Bordello, who have spent the last 15 years playing their brand of gypsy-punk-folk all over the world, are at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Monday, December 8.

They have earned a solid reputation as one of the hottest global touring acts to come out of New York .

They were formed by frontman Eugene HÜtz, a Ukrainian-born refugee who wound up in the United States via Poland, Hungary, Austria and Italy.

HÜtz founded Gogol Bordello in New York City in 1999, after leaving Ukraine in the aftermath of Chernobyl.

In keeping with his vision of creating an international groove, he recruited musicians of all ages, races and cultures, including bassist Thomas Gobena, from Ethiopia, Russian violinist Sergey Ryabtsev from Moscow and percussionist Pedro Erazo-Segovia from Ecuador.

“Our sound comes from being a group of polyamorous musicians,” says HÜtz.

“The style comes from musicians born and raised in various elements. Everyone does their own thing to keep the train moving.”

Their sixth full-length album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, was released last year, and it captured perfectly the feel of their vibrant live performances.

Tickets to see Gogol Bordello at the O2 Academy are £19.50, plus the usual booking fees, from (08444) 772000.

Support comes from Mariacha El Bronx, the alter ego of Californian hardcore punk band The Bronx, who play Mexican-style folk music.