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Gogol Bordello live at Manchester Academy

GOGOL BORDELLO LIVE IN MANCHESTER – WHAT HAPPENED?

Ukrainian punksters Gogol Bordello certainly left a lasting impression in Manchester on a cold, dark Wednesday evening. The crowd response as the large ensemble made their entrance was carnage, with people pushing and shoving towards the barrier to get a glimpse of the band carrying an assortment of instruments.

My vote for best entrance of a gig this year would certainly be for Gogol’s frontman, Eugene Hütz, who leapt onto the stage carrying a bottle of red which he immediately slammed down onto a speaker, spraying the pit in what appeared to be a fairly decent Rioja.

Sometimes it takes a few songs for the audience to ‘get going’ however I had heard the rumours that Gogol Bordello shows are chaos, and I can now confirm these rumours as during in the very first song a gentleman appeared in the pit headfirst and was dragged out by some over zealous security.

Gogol are a difficult band to pigeon hole genre wise as there are so many clear influences in this talented ensemble of madness. Post punk, classical, and new wave to name but a few.

The band is made up of Bassist Gill Alexandre from Brazil, while violinist and keyboardist Sergey Ryabtsev and guitarist Boris Pelekh were born in Russia. There are even a couple Americans among the group in the form of vocalist and percussionist Ashley Tobias, and San Diego’s Korey Kingston on drums. Making up the group is Ecuador’s Pedro Erazo, the group’s resident percussionist/multi-instrumentalist/MC/a gentleman of many talents it seems!

The band are currently on a UK tour and I highly recommend you check them out live as they are band that need to be SEEN! Check out where to get tickets HERE.

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