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Selling out high profile venues, having a Main Stage slot at Sziget Festival 2014 foreshadows a rising of a new beat generation. Ivan & The Parazol, the five piece rock and roll band’s career started in 2010, when they met at a private music school in Budapest. Their groovy rock tunes quickly resulted them a very engaged and rife audience.
Their first LP titled ‘Mama Don’t You Recognize, Ivan & The Parazol?’ in 2012 got positive reviews from both the fans and critics in Hungary. At the same time, two years after their founding they already got invited to play at the prestigious SXSW Showcase Festival in the USA, the world’s biggest music industry event for seeking new stars. The group’s successful debut at the festival got them a slot at CBGB Festival in New York City in 2013, a number of shows in London, UK, and an MTV EMA local prize for the Best Hungarian Act 2013.
The recognition grew forward when they got invited to support the mighty classic rockers, Deep Purple at the Budapest stop of their 2014 arena tour in February.
In the meantime the band’s hit song ‘Take My Hand’ from their debut LP became the official promo song of the SXSW 2014, so following the debut at an arena setting, the band rushed back to the US again to play the legendary Palm Door in Austin, TX during the 2014 SXSW festival. Their performance now caught not just the audience, but the attention of the press internationally and got them positive feedback for their live shows.
They played the main stage at Sziget 2014 and delivered the festival’s anthem in 2014: ‘Together’ from their 2nd LP – Mode Bizarre. The first single from the 3rd album, ‘Modernial’ was released in March 2015, and instantly became one of the requested songs among fans and made it to the Hungarian radio charts as well. The title track of the LP became the second Nr 1. song of the band (after ’Take My Hand’) on MR2-Petőfi Rádió (Hungarian National Radio). They have had several sold out gigs in the biggest club venue in Budapest (Akvárium Club – 1400 capacity). In 2016 Ivan & The Parazol played at Eurosonic - Norderslaag. As for 2017, it is also a busy and exciting time for Ivan & The Parazol. In July they returned to the states not only to play a few shows in California, in clubs like The Viper Room, but to start the recording process of their 4th album in the legendary EastWest Studios with the help of the Grammy Award winning engineer Wil Anspach. They layed down the tracks (including some vocal parts sang by Ellie Fletcher from Crystal Fighters) for three brand new, raw rock ’n’ roll songs and willing to go back in a few months to record the rest of the new material.
Cari Cari is a DIY duo, consisting of Stephanie (Vocals, Drums & Didgeridoo) and Alexander (Vocals & Guitar). They are based in Europe, having lived in London, Hamburg & Vienna. The duo has been baptised "the lovechild of The Kills and The XX" (IndieShuffle) "with a pinch of Morricone" (FM4) and "the raw grit of Cat Power" (BestBefore). Their songs “White Line Fever” and “No War” were used in the Hollywood productions “Shameless” and “The Magicians” while their single 'Nothing's Older Than Yesterday' gave them some significant recognition in Austria, Germany and around Europe leading to excessive touring and performances at renowned festivals such as “The Great Escape” (UK), “Eurosonic Noorderslag” (NL) and “Nova Rock” (AT)