The Destroyers to Open New Digbeth Venue – The Crossing

The Destroyers shot by Pete Ashton

Birmingham’s favourite gypsy sons The Destroyers will launch their 2010 UK and Ireland tour with a night of fiery bohemian revelry at brand new Digbeth venue The Crossing on 4 June.

The Summer Gypsy Ball, which will also feature East London brothers-in-arms Urban Voodoo Machine plus live visuals from Syzygy and all embracing DJ sets from the Jibbering collective and Marc Reck, will offer a sneak preview of the 500 capacity music theatre – complete with state of the art lighting and sound systems – which is set to launch later this year.

Fresh from providing the live soundtrack to five performances of Birmingham International Dance Festival’s outdoor show piece Utopia and a headline show at Cheltenham Jazz Festival earlier this month, riotous fifteen piece collective The Destroyers return with explosive new material in preparation for their summer tour, which takes in London’s prestigious Lovebox Festival, Ireland’s Spraoi Festival in Waterford and Birmingham’s boutique weekender Moseley Folk Festival in September.

The Destroyers’ Summer Gypsy Ball coincides with the beginning of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month in the UK and will pay homage to a nomadic culture rich in both tradition and musical exploration. With careering Klezmer rhythms, Mariachi brass, Balkan strings, traditional Irish melodies, uptempo ska, gypsy jazz and punk-polka amongst other ingredients, The Destroyers have embraced this genre defying approach, and in doing so reflect the cultural and musical make-up of their home city as well as a love of gathering and interpreting new and established influences.

On debut album Out of Babel, the song Torregaveta paid tribute to two young Roma sisters, while the lyrics “Intorno al mondo la musica attraversa la frontiera (around the world music crosses the frontier)” sung in Italian by band member Leo Altarelli in Questa Canzone has become an unofficial mission statement for the group.

“Gypsy music has been a source of immense inspiration for us – the word gypsy itself conjures up many things. Firelight and painted caravans. Swirling skirts and stamping feet. Hand clapping and stirring guitars. A people for whom music is life-blood. I don’t have to be a fortune-teller to predict that The Destroyers’ Gypsy Ball with the Urban Voodoo Machine is going to be one whirling spectacle of a gig. Only the dead won’t dance!” Paul Murphy, The Destroyers.

Urban Voodoo Machine, described by the Washington Post as “Nick Cave in a dark mood fronting a drunken Dexy’s Midnight Runners” supported veteran Irish folk-punk band The Pogues on their recent US tour, have recorded a cover of AC/DC’s Hells Bells to Classic Rock magazine’s Back in Black 30th anniversary tribute album and host the regular Gypsy Hotel night at Barden’s Boudoir in London.

Between them, Jibbering DJs and Marc Reck are responsible for programming and promoting some of Birmingham’s most eclectic and groundbreaking events, including the sell-out Mr Elephant nights at hip venues The Rainbow and Hare & Hounds and have brought internationally renowned artists such as Keith Murray, Horace Andy [Massive Attack] and The Black Seeds to the city.

The Crossing, South Birmingham College, Milk Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. £10 advance from – Early bird tickets £7 (first 77 tickets) £12 on door.

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