MUSIC fans from Carlisle are set to be impressed as one band performs two shows in the city this weekend.

The Baghdaddies will perform at the Old Fire Station on Saturday, April 30. During the day, the band will play an in-store performance at HMV, located at The Lanes Shopping Centre, at 4pm.


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Discussing the act, lead singer Ziad Jabero said: “Our music is sort of ska with a world music influence as well. One reporter once said that if The Specials or Madness had listened to world music, that’s how we sound.


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“It’s dancing music with some Latin rhythms thrown in as well. We’ve also been called Geordie Balkan boogie. We play a lot of festivals, so we try and make our show feel like a festival night out, but we have also played theatre shows too.



“We enjoy getting out into the crowd with the brass instruments. It’s a good night out of dancing and fun. We take ourselves seriously, so you don’t have to!”

Discussing the variety of shows they play, Ziad spoke about changing their performance for different audiences. He said: “We tend to tailor our shows and get involved with the audience in whatever way. Every night is different, and we play in response to how the audience are. Our last performance in Carlisle was a great night with a fun audience.


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“The HMV show may be a tad different to the Old Fire Station show but we’ll have fun either way.”

When asked if they have any further plans for more Cumbria shows, Ziad said: “We’re always touring. I know we’re playing in Lancaster later in the year but no more plans in Cumbria as of yet. You never know, if Saturday goes well then we’ll be able to come back!”


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Speaking about the in-store performance, Russ from HMV Carlisle said: “We’re delighted to be able to host The Baghdaddies in the store at the weekend and we look forward to be showing off their music for customers.”

Doors for the Old Fire station show open at 7pm.

Advanced tickets for the show cost £12.50, with the price rising to £15 on the door. Secure yours now through the Old Fire Station website.


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