Gogol Bordello bring the gypsy punk party to Reading Festival

Eugene Hutz takes to the Main Stage with his band and red wine

Gogol Bordello brought a party atmosphere to the Main Stage as the sun finally began to shine at Reading Festival today (August 27).

The New York gypsy punks performed in the middle of the afternoon, as the site began to heat up after being hit by torrential train in the build-up to the event.

Playing frenetic, violin and percussion-led songs from their back catalogue as well as tracks from their recent Rick Rubin-produced album ‘Trans-Continental Hustle’, the band even sparked a circle pit in the audience.


Frontman Eugene Hutz was in a typically energetic mood, singing ‘Start Wearing Purple’ while swigging from a bottle of red wine, and taking his top off after ‘Sun Is On My Side’.

The group, which features members from countries such as Russia, Ethiopia, Scotland and the Ukraine, ended their set with an intense version of ‘Sacred Darling’, from their 1999 debut album ‘Voi-La Intruder’.

Gogol Bordello played:

‘Tribal Connection’
‘Not A Crime’
‘Wonderlust King’
‘My Companjera’
‘Sun Is On My Side’
‘We Comin’ Rougher (Immigraniada)’
‘Break The Spell’
‘Start Wearing Purple’
‘Break The Spell (reprise’
‘Sacred Darling’

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