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Kiwis Batucada Sound Machine To Play Sziget Festival

Published: Wed 27 Apr 2011 02:55 PM
Wednesday 27th April 2011
Kiwis Batucada Sound Machine To Play Sziget Festival
Travelling 17690 kilometers to join the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, Pulp and Manic Street Preachers is Auckland based group Batucada Sound Machine, who have been picked to play on the main stage at the renowned Sziget Festival in the coming European summer.
Hungary’s week long Sziget Festival attracts 390,000 partygoers annually and is one of Europe’s largest music festivals, rivaling Glastonbury.
Headliners for 2011 have just been announced and include some of the world’s biggest music acts. Only a few New Zealand bands have ever made the prestigious main-stage lineup in the 19 years the event has run.
The Sziget festival is just one stop in Batucada Sound Machine’s hectic six week tour through Europe in July and August. While Kiwi’s are snuggling down for winter Batucada Sound Machine will be performing at a number of festivals which include, among others, The City of London Festival, Larmer Tree, and Horizonte Festival in Germany.
The group will also perform for the second time at a secret, unnamable and invite only festival in the UK, whose guest list regularly includes the likes of Sting and Kate Middleton.
This is the third time the 10-piece group have embarked on a European tour, having previously wowed audiences with their Brazilian, Cuban and Afro-beat rhythms at Ollin Kan, WOMAD, Wereldfeest and Edinburgh Fringe festivals.
The band’s “cultural melting pot” of musical styles gives them a unique sound, which appeals to global audiences. The group offers something for every taste, with hip hop elements, a three-piece samba/reggae percussion line-up and an all-star horn section. They have earned a well-deserved reputation for getting crowds dancing, whether they are performing in Europe, Asia or Oceania.
Batucada Sound Machine are working on their third album and will showcase their new material while on tour in Europe, the album will be released in late 2011.
Batucada Sound Machine perform in Auckland at 420 on the 6th May as a lead-up to their departure in July.
Tour Dates:
15-Jul-11 UK Llangollen, Wales, Llangollen Fringe Festival
16-Jul-11 UK City of London Festival
17-Jul-11 UK Larmer Tree Festival
19-Jul-11 UK Milton Keynes, Stables Theatre
21-Jul-11 Germany, Murrhardt
23-Jul-11 Germany, Koblenz, Horizonte Festival
28-Jul-11 Germany, Aschaffenburg, Club Colos Saal
29-Jul-11 Germany Nuremberg, Nuremberg Festival
1-Aug-11 Switzerland, Zurich, Chollerhalle Club
2-Aug-11 Belgium, Antwerp
3-Aug-11 Belgium, Antwerp
4-Aug-11 Belgium, Antwerp
5-Aug-11 Belgium, Antwerp
6-Aug-11 Belgium, Antwerp
7-Aug-11 Belgium, Antwerp
12-Aug-11 Hungary, Budapest, Sziget Festival
16-Aug-11 Austria, Bezau, Bezau beatz
18-Aug-11 Belgium, Brussels, Bar du Martin
19-Aug-11 Netherlands, Amsterdam
21-Aug-11 Germany, Jena
26-Aug-11 Korea, Gwangju, Gwangju Festival
27-Aug-11 Korea, Gwangju, Gwangju Festival
http://www.sziget.hu/festival_english/programs2011
http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=0j0smjQIXYk
http://www.batucadasoundmachine.com
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