The world-renowned party purveyors of contemporary world music Molotov Jukebox are a London six piece like no other. Fusing an unrivalled onstage presence with the sunny sounds of carnivals from all four corners of the world, the band is an explosion of colour and energy, making them a firm festival favourite and unmissable live act. Following on from the success of 2014’s debut album Carnival Flower and subsequent live appearances, their second LP Tropical Gypsy was released in April 2016 and was followed with a sold out UK tour and an extensive circuit of European festivals.
The London-based group was formed accidentally way back in 2008 by singer, accordionist and actress Natalia Tena and violinist Sam Apley, whilst busking at a festival in the English countryside. Upon hearing them, another festival-goer asked to book them for a show in London. After explaining they didn’t have a band, but when they did it would be called Molotov Jukebox, the show was booked and a band had to be born.
From that moment, the dice was cast and it was clear the band’s appeal lay in its truly riotous whirlwind of latino influenced horns, accordion and violin; all tightly bound together over guitar, bass and drums by the infectious vocals of Tena. Since their humble beginnings the band have gone on to sell out shows across the world, from Rio De Janeiro to Istanbul. and thanks to their bi-lingual song-writing in both English and Spanish, the band’s debut Carnival Flower remained in the top 100 of the Amazon Latin downloads chart for over 11 months, proving dancing holds no borders.
2016 saw no let up and kicked off with the release of their new LP Tropical Gypsy and a UK tour. Incorporating newly found sounds collected first hand on a South American tour the previous year, the band have added flavours of samba, fohó and cumbia to their existing Balkan influences and Tropical Gypsy not only represents the birth of a new genre, but is also the perfect description of the free spirited philosophy and wanderlust that the band truly embodies.
Famed for their ferocious performances around the globe, the band have graced some of the most prestigious line ups out there; from appearing on the Avalon stage at Glastonbury to performances at UK festivals such as Wilderness, Boomtown, Cambridge Folk Festival and Womad as well as sets at Vive Latino in Mexico, Música Pra Todo Mundo
In Brazil, Eurosonic in Holland and Madrid Music City Festival in Spain.
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Genre: Tropical Gypsy music