The Gipsy Kings are going to play at the United Islands of Prague s Ceskou sporitelnou Festival|
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.
The festival is promoted by JVJ Produkce and Joe's Garage agencies