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The Gipsy Kings are going to play at the United Islands of Prague s Ceskou sporitelnou Festival
29-03-2004  


The French band Gipsy Kings will introduce itself for the first time in the Czech Republic on May 2, the last day of the United Islands of Prague s Ceskou sporitelnou Music Festival in T-Mobile Arena in Prague. Tickets will be available either separately or as a part of permanent tickets for the United Islands of Prague s Ceskou sporitelnou festival, which will take place from Thursday April 29 till Saturday May 2 on the ten Prague Islands and in Prague music clubs.

Gipsy Kings are definitely the most internationally successful French band. Since their first hit Bamboleo released in 1987 they have sold 14 million records, made two music movies and had their soundtracks in many other movies (for example in Big Lebovski). Their music is inspired by flamenco but their international fame is based on non-orthodox pop interpretation of their own songs. The new Gipsy Kings album "Roots" was released in March. The band does without drums, electric bass or synthesizers here for the first time in many years.

Gipsy Kings will have two support acts - the recently awarded Gipsy band from Brno Gulo .ar and Bengas. Bengas belong to the most popular Gipsy bands that draw their music on folklore. Gulo car, the band playing remarkable form of funk inspired by traditional Gipsy music, received Andel Award in the "world music" category.

United Islands of Prague s Ceskou sporitelnou is the biggest music festival in Prague. It is taking place on the occasion of the accession of the Czech Republic into the European Union. Its purpose is to present diversity of the European music culture and also the contribution of the Czech Republic to the European music context to the wide audiences. Nearly one thousand musicians will perform between April 29 and May 2 on the ten islands on the Vltava River symbolising the ten countries accessing the EU.

The festival will present such music stars as the Levellers, Leningrad Cowboys, Gipsy Kings, progressive jazzman Courtney Pine or the Spanish ethno star Mercedes Peón just to name a few. The program will take place on the islands during the day and at many Prague music clubs and theatres at night.

The festival will offer European and local Czech music covering many genres and styles. Thanks to the extraordinarily favourable entrance fee (1 EUR + distribution costs) a visit to the islands can become an attractive program for families with children, who will also find space to rest away from the festival events in these natural localities.

Ceská sporitelna is the general partner and Kooperativa the main partner of the United Islands of Prague festival. The festival is under the patronage of the Vice-chairman of the government and the Minister of the Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Mr. Cyril Svoboda and the Mayor of Prague, Mr. Pavel Bém.

The festival is promoted by JVJ Produkce and Joe's Garage agencies

Further info: www.unitedislands.cz




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