Hometown headline show almost exactly a year after their EP launch party last November. Support from Vienna Ditto and more TBA.
THE BALKAN WANDERERS
"They offer something essential and different... [Antica] Culina’s Croatian inflections marking her out as one of the very best vocalists the city has to offer currently. See them live and buy the EP"
- Nightshift Magazine
The Balkan Wanderers are a 5-piece band from Oxford who were founded in 2014 by Antica (Croatian) and Stu (British) to create original East (European)-meets-West songs, often containing a mixture of English and Croatian styles and lyrics. Clare (British) on clarinet, Rene (German) on drums and Marc (German) on bass complete the lineup. They play music inspired by traditional Balkan artists (e.g. Amira Medunjanin, Šaban Bajramović) and punk, ska and indie bands (e.g. Mano Negra, Bad Religion, Supergrass).
The band have received radio support from Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), Ruth Barnes on Amazing Radio, and BBC Oxford Introducing.
Singer/synthesizetreuse Hatty first met guitarist/noisemaker Nigel when he taught her guitar at the age of 11. Originally intended as as a bit of studio fun singing old gospel songs over wobbly synths, Vienna Ditto were prematurely catapulted into the limelight when their first song Long Way Down somehow ended up being played on Huw Stephens’ Radio One show, leading to an appearance on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival. The band have since been given a Maida Vale session for BBC6, received glowing reviews in Q Magazine and Artrocker and appeared on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks Music Show.
Released in June this year, Vienna Ditto's debut album 'Circle' received airplay on BBC Radio 1, Amazing Radio and BBC6 Music- earning a spot on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing Mixtape. Nightshift called it “One of the best Oxford albums of recent times” and Frank Skinner said it was “Smashing”, which is nice.