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A38 Birthday: Žagar feat. Underground Divas - CWFI album replay, Gods (AT)

One of Hungary's best alternative electronika projects, the Žagar band will celebrate its great 'Cannot Walk Fly Instead' album' 10th anniversary. Their support will be the excellent Austrian band: Gods.

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The Budapest based band started out as three-fifths of the Yonderboi Quintet, after a few years and some critical success in 2001, keyboardist Balázs Zságer (Zagar’s namesake), scratcher Dj Bootsie, guitarist Andor Kovács and the drummer Tibor Lázár splintered off to form their own sound, exploring more experimental avenues in their music. Ten years after Kovács left the band in 2011. They eventually added the lead singer – guitarist George Ligeti and bassist Ákos Zságer-Varga to complete the band.

Their debut album, ‘Local Broadcast’ was released in 2002 selected for the chart of the 50 all time most important Hungarian records by the music magazine Wan2. After the hugely succesful debut the band shifted into some soundtrack territory, releasing the score of a local feature, Szezon / Eastern Sugar. The band have already achieved strong critical acclaim, their second studio album ‘Cannot Walk Fly Instead’, released worldwide on German label Mole Listening Pearls. Its first single Wings of Love, featuring the Underground Divas – six of Hungary’s most popular independent singers – earned heavy radio airplay and secured a no1. spot on MTV’s video chart. They have earned numerous awards for this record, most notably the Hungarian Record Industry’s Fonogram Award and second prize in the International Songwriting Competition 2007. They were nominated for the best local act in the MTV European Music Awards 2008 and 2009 also.

The band has been performing since 2001. Apart from Hungary they played in UK, The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Russia. They supported Depeche Mode at the Budapest leg of Tour of the Universe. Zagar’s tunes has also been incorporated into short, feature films and theatre also. They branched into soundtrack scoring opportunities and most notably their tracks have been picked up by American CSI series on a few occasions. Their tracks were remixed by Terry Lee Brown, Jr., Moonbotica or Cottonmouth among many others.

Their latest album ‘Light Leaks’ was released in 2013 worldwide and received warm critical acclaim in the international press and left quite an impression on music blogs and radios worldwide. It’s couple of tracks (Space Medusa, Outsiders) has been played by the BBC radio as well.

Line up
Balázs Zságer – keys, vocals, electronica, producing
George Ligeti – guitars, vocals
Ákos Zságer-Varga – bass
Tibor Lázár – drums, percussion
DJ Bootsie – scratch

Zsófia Hutvágner – lyrics


GODS are a collective of music producers and video artists founded and headed by Bensh aka Benji Hypes, based in Berlin. GODS bring a blend of sparkling and deep Rap / Dance / Synthpop and high-energy live shows.

GODS released their self-produced, self-titled debut record in 2015, the singles Unnatural, We and Pompeii received frequent airplay in Central Europe. For the video to WE, GODS collaborated with Canadian visual artist Sabrina Ratté to create a futuristic clip that won the group a nomination at the Berlin Music Video Awards 2016, where GODS also opened the ceremony with the first round of tracks from the new album TBR in 2017.

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