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Birmingham's favourite gypsy sons The Destroyers launch UK and Ireland tour in home city with a Summer Gypsy Ball
- Sneak preview of brand new Digbeth venue The Crossing
- Live performances from The Destroyers, London's Urban Voodoo Machine
- Live visuals from Syzygy plus Jibbering DJs and Marc Reck
- Streamed live via
- Filmed and recorded for future release
9pm - 2am, Friday 4 June 2010
The Crossing, SBC
Milk Street
£10 advance from - Early bird tickets £7 (first 77 tickets)
£12 on door
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 Vodoo 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, set to launch later this year.

“Strange tales of fin de siecle menace and end-of-civilisation-as-we-know-it skullduggery.” RocknReel

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 Loveboxx Festival, Ireland's Spraoi Festival in
Waterford and boutique weekender Moseley Folk Festival in Birmingham.

“Utopia at #idfb even more fun you thought it would be. The Destroyers are such an asset to this city.” @JakeGrimley

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.

“Dirty hooks meet boho laughs...a seductively dangerous and unique listen' Clash Magazine

2009 saw The Destroyers release debut album Out of Babel and embark on a 24 date tour, which took in single launch parties in
London and Birmingham, five shows at Glastonbury in four days, an impromptu set at a tiny Norfolk village fete as well as triumphant
shows at Trowbridge and Shambala Festivals.

Out of Babel was produced by influential recording engineer Gavin Monaghan [The Editors, Scott Matthews, The Twang] and Louis
Robinson, a founding member of The Destroyers, at the Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton. Following its release the album
garnered critical acclaim, including a four star review from world music bible Songlines.

“Sounding every bit like Taraf de Haidouks wandering on to the Thriller video shoot...a sophisticated, theatrical tour de force''
Tickets for The Destroyers' Summer Gypsy Ball are available from

Notes to Editors:

Selected interviews and guest list for live shows available

Images attached [300dpi]:

The Destroyers Credit Pete Ashton

The Destroyers 2 Credit Pete Ashton
The Destroyers Credit Adrian Burrows
The Destroyers Shambala 2008 Credit Toby Harris

Forthcoming Live Dates:

Friday 4th June 2010

The Crossing, Birmingham

Saturday 5th June 2010

Salisbury International Arts Festival

Friday 18th June 2010

Evershot Village Hall

Saturday 19th June 2010

Rock Oyster Festival

Saturday 17th July 2010

Lovebox Festival

Saturday 31st July 2010

Spraoi Festival, Ireland

Sunday 1st August 2010

Spraoi Festival, Ireland

Sunday 22nd August 2010

Beautiful Days Festival, Devon

Friday 27th August 2010

Solfest, West Cumbria

Sunday 29th August 2010

Sturminster Newton Exchange, Dorset

Monday 30th August 2010

Devizes Carnival, Wiltshire

Sunday 5th September 2010

Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham

Saturday 11th September 2010

Wilton's Music Hall, London


“Chaotic, frenzied euphoria has rarely had such a brilliant house band.” Mike Davies, Net Rhythms

“Impossible fiddle runs, parping and harmonising brass, a clarinet, a tuba, wild ascending drums and bass, an accordion, a hurdy-gurdy,
and many, many voices” Gavin Monaghan

“The Destroyers have a hell of a billing from the compere but more than live up to it-they truly are “insane”, “chaotic” and “absolutely
menkle”, but then can a 15-piece polka orchestra led by a short grandad in a fez who talks like a pirate be anything else." Q Magazine

Out of Babel
Label: Destruction Records
Format: CD (DEST002) and download via iTunes

Media enquiries:

Lyle Bignon via or 07521 412 058