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An agonising decision: Fanfare Ciocarlia or Felix Lajko?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 12:16 pm
by howard male
I was all geared up for going to see Fanfare Ciocarlia on the 30th April, having enjoyed their latest album more than any other Balkan brass band stuff in a long time, and then news comes through that Felix Lajko is playing the Spitz the same night. The last and only time I've seen this Yugoslavian violinist play live was at a live broadcast of Charlie's show, back in... when was it Charlie, five, six years ago? Anyway, it was more like an assault than a performance (but in a good way, of course) and I've yearned for more ever since.

So with two heavyweight acts with little to choose between them, other factors have to come into play. The Spitz is the better venue - more intimate, you don't have to stay glued to your seat - so Felix it's gonna have to be.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:52 pm
by Seb Merrick
Your dilemma is a false one Howard, since Felix plays on the 30 April and Fanfare on 30 May. So you can get to both. But your point about venues is faily reasonable. Felix and the Spitz will be up close and personal and you can get up and boogie. Not that you can't in a limited way in the the Barbican (though you have to wait usually till the majority subliminally agree it is ok) but I do hear a lot of people saying they prefer these knd of concerts in club venues, of which the Spitz is a leader. If you want to see one of the Balkan's top gypsy musicians standing with a beer in your hand in a club vibe, don't forget Ivo Pasasov and his Wedding Band on 5 May at Islington Academy.