Counting down for Duman live at the O2 Academy Islington


In ten days’ time seminal Turkish rock band Duman will take to the stage in London to perform a selection of their greatest hits.

Duman rocked the O2 Academy Islington with a sellout gig back in January 2016 for. They return with a slightly different line-up, as Mehmet Demirdelen takes over on drums. Alongside him are the band’s every-present trio: Ari Barokas (bass guitar and vocals), Batuhan Mutlugil (lead guitar and vocals), and charismatic front man Kaan Tangöze.

Heavily influenced by Seattle’s music scene (think Nirvana and Pearl Jam), Duman – which means ‘smoke’ in Turkish – released their debut album Eski Köprünün Altında in 1999. It was their follow-up release Belki Alışman Lazım (2002), however, which spawned three hit singles and helped them to hit the mainstream in Turkey.

After nearly two decades and 11 albums (a mixture of studio and live recordings), the band has forged a path that has inspired countless others to follow in Turkey.

While essentially grunge, Duman combines elements of traditional Turkish folk into their rock instrumentation, creating a sound that’s both familiar yet unique to the ear of a Western indie rock fan.

They are critically acclaimed as much for their cool and catchy lyrics as for their anthemic sounds. But to truly appreciate their greatness you need to see them live.

A few tickets are still available for next Sunday’s concert – see below for online purchase or pick up a ticket in person from one of these outlets for £35 and avoid the booking fee: Rakkas (Harringay), Limonatta (Harringay), Mem & Laz, and Stone Cave (Dalston).

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Gig Details

Concert: Duman

Date: Sunday 2 April 2017

Doors open: 7pm

Venue: O2 Academy, N1 Centre, Angel Central, 16 Parkfield Street, Islington N1 0PS

Admission: £39.93 (includes booking fee)

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