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Apollo 18 is the top-tier post hardcore/post rock band from SouthKorea. The trio formed the band in 2008 in Seoul and won the “Rookie of the year”award in South Korean Music Awards in 2010.Their 4 albums/EP were all named by colours, and in 2011,“Blue”was ranked No.52 in The Top 100 South Korean Albums ofThe 2000’s. The band has been performing at majoroutdoor music festivals in Asia, Europe and North America. Apollo 18's next album will see the bandexperimenting with different styles and structures while continuing to createsome of the most dynamic, exciting, and loudest music in South Korea’sburgeoning music scene
Trad.Attack！ is the shooting star in the Estonia folk music scene.Since their debut in 2014 the band have received 10 MusicAwards in Estonia and performed in 16 countries. In September 2015 they released their first full album"Ah!" , which was announced the best folk album in Estonia, and receivedan excellent review at Songlines. The 3 musicians are from the traditionalmusic background. They take theirinspiration from old archive recordings of Estonian traditional songs and themusic of today. Folk-Music is their starting point but not their boundary.At their first concert the band made a joke about havinga master-plan to play in every country in the world. Surprisingly thisaudacious master-plan has now been activated - within its very first year Trad.Attack！hasplayed in 16 countries. Now there are only 182 countries to go!
During the recent three tours in China (50+ shows),Octopuss played at some of Chinese most famous livehouses and festivals,performing also their very own version of some Chinese popular rock songs, withan outstanding feedback from audience and media; become good friends with therock idol Xie Tianxiao.
Besides, JoyCuthas been invited to play, such as Europavox (FR), Co2penhagen Festival (DK),SXSW (US), Eurosonic (NL), Rock For People (CZ), Liverpool Sound City(UK),Medimex (IT).
Loyal to thefreedom of creativity, the whole show is created in real time, what makes everyshow a new unique experience!
SimjaDujov band has travelled through the world as he has been invited to perform infestivals in many countries.He has participated in festivalssuch as SXSW (USA), Chauffer dans la Noiceur (France), Gypsy Jazz Festival(Nouvelle Calédonie), Ashkenaz Festival (Canada), Monde de Couleurs(Switzerland).In 2010 herealeased his first album “Santificarás la Fiesta”, with great reviews from manypresses, like Rolling Stone.In2015 he released a new single “Noche”, from his upcoming 2016 album.He has developed as musicalproducer and curator of culture festivals and has activelyparticipated in movie, theater andradio productions.
With the help of two of the most ancient instruments, DRUM &DIDGERIDOO, he creates an environment where music travels between genres ofworld beat, techno and live trance, forming a powerful sound and hypnoticvisual component. An emerging festival favorite, both in his home base ofIsrael and abroad. It has led him to be the headliner for “Le rêve del'Aborigène” (France), invited to perform three times at the “Ozora Festival”(Hungary) and extensively tour Europe and Asia in festivals such as “Ancianttrance festival” (Germany), IndiEarth XChange 2014 (India), and the main stageof “Yaarot Mensh festival 2015 ” (Israel) and many other exciting venues.
Over the course of several months, they recorded aseries of improvisations on violin and drums, adding touches of synth and basslater on. In this way they created a kind of diary, capturing and observing thesuccesses and failures alike of their interplay. Several months later, they satdown to listen to these basement diaries and to decide which of the entriesdeserved to be developed into a song. This survival of the fittest strategyperfectly fits the curious word creation that is the band name, EGOPUSHER: Digdeep inside for the best in you, bring it out and polish it until the sparksfly.