New York gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello announced that they will be embarking on an extensive tour in both sides of the pond, in both the United States and in Europe. The festivities begin April 6th in New York, and wraps up July 16th in the Czech Republic at the Mighty Sounds Festival.
Since forming in 1999, the band has released six albums and earned a reputation as a must-see live act. Its nine members have immigrated from five different continents, and their shows are wild and worldly spectacles that marry old-world European sounds with the thrashing guitars of punk rock.
The band’s role today is simple, frontman Eugene Hütz said in an interview before the Aspen show: “Same role it always plays: healing. Is there any other role for music? It’s ritualistic healing. Anthropologically it evolved as a form of art. But really, it’s therapy.”
At the dawn of an anti-immigrant Trump era, Hütz remains hopeful.
“The great thing about America is that it does have quite astounding stability,” he said. “It was founded on the idea of giving some stability. And that still works. So that’s the good news. I think as long as everybody is exercising their consciousness, it’s going to be OK.”
As a kid in the former Soviet Union, Hütz was exposed to banned books and ideas and music through an artistically inclined uncle and his bohemian circle of friends. At 15, he recalled, what would become Gogol Bordello’s signature brand of smart gypsy punk began taking shape in his mind, as he read deeply in psychology (Eric Fromm, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud) and immersed himself in 1980s new wave and punk music.
“It was quite skull-splitting, because I was listening to Devo and Joy Division and Nick Cave in the same day that I was reading Eric Fromm,” he said. “Wow. It was quite an avalanche.”
Check out the full list of tour dates below.
Gogol Bordello Tour Dates
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04/06: New York, NY – ACLU Benefit Concert Cruise
04/07: Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre
04/08: Knoxville, TN – Rhythm ‘n Blooms Festival
04/09: Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
04/10: Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04/12: Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
04/13: Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
04/14: Stroudsburg, PA – The Sherman Theater
04/15: Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
06/08-10: Interlaken, Switzerland – Greenfield
06/08-11: Raehills Meadows, United Kingdom – Eden Festival
06/14: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Den Atelier
06/16: Tel Aviv, Israel – Barby Club
06/18: Tel Aviv, Israel – Barby Club
06/22: Odense, Denmark – Tinderbox Festival
06/23: Genk, Belgium – Genk on Stage
06/23-25: Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
06/23-25: Scheeßel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06/27: Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje
06/29: Norrköping, Sweden – Bråvalla Festival
06/30-07/01: Piestany, Slovakia – TopFest
07/01: London, UK – British Summer Time
07/03: Cardiff, UK – Tramshed
07/04: Bristol, UK – 02 Academy
07/05: Leeds, UK – Leeds Beckett University SU
07/06: Brighton, UK – The Dome
07/09: Weert, Netherlands – Bospop
07/12: Pistoia, Italy – Pistoia Blues Festival
07/13: Collegno, Italy – Flowers Festival
07/14: Trento, Italy – Owl Festival
07/14-16: Tábor, Czech Republic – Mighty Sounds Festival