• FRI 08.03.2013 The Vanguard (Newtown, NSW) w/ The Rusty Spring Syncopators
  • SAT 09.03.2013 Kiama Leagues Club (Kiama, NSW) Kiama Jazz Festival
  • SUN 10.03.2013 Hindmarsh Park (Kiama, NSW) Kiama Jazz Festival – afternoon show
  • SUN 10.03.2013 The Clarendon (Katoomba, NSW) w/ The Wonderful Lives – evening show
  • MON 11.03.2013 The Bubbly Bars, Lake Burley-Griffin (Canberra, ACT) Canberra 100 Festival

March 2013 NSW tour poster

Karavan! Fundraiser 24 November

Saturday 24 November

Doors open at 8pm (Music starts 8.40pm)

Price: Reserved Seats – $30+b/f, General Admission – $23+b/f
$25 at the door

Catch them while you can! Touring sensation Vulgargrad – Kings of Russian Criminal Sounds , stripe-shirted, vodka swirling firebrand have finally landed after touring Europe. Defying description one thing is for sure, they might sing in Russian but they are a foot-stomping, power-punching music experience not to be missed. Elements of Gypsy, perestroika punk, rhumba, jazz and pop: they’ve got it all, not to mention the raspy accomplished actor / singer Jacek Koman who will take you on a lyrical journey of lowlifes and songs about women. Supported by the equally masterful touring band Unified Gecko who bring middle eastern Turkish boogie colliding with reggae vibe and gypsy rhythm to spread their fat n funky brand of gypfunk and Vardos trio who bring Balkan beats and traveller songs from legend to burning laments and you’re in for a night of ethnic folk fantastic! All monies raised support artists playing at the Karavan International Gypsy Music Festival.


It’s been a while – it’ll actually something like 11 months – since our last gig in Australia. It’s tough when your lead singer is in jail in Poland (that’s what he told us, anyway). So to partly make up for it, we’ve booked 5 shows in Aus. Unfortunately, that’s as much as we can manage before the band members go their separate ways again. Get your zhopa down to a show in Melbourne, Sydney (2 shows!), Brisbane or Lismore!

We’re actually going to be launching our new single at the gigs: LIMONCHIKI. At the moment, you can get it on yellow vinyl here (from Germany), soon to be downloadable. And you should be able to get the 7″ in good record shops around Australia soon, too.

Thu, 14 June, The Northcote Social Club (MEL) w/Tek Tek Ensemble

Wed, 20 June, The Vanguard (SYD) w/Fanny Lumsden

Thu, 21 June, The Vanguard (SYD) w/Mr. Fibby

Fri, 22 June, The Joynt, (BRI) w/Greshka

Sat 23 June, Lismore Lantern Parade (NSW)

2 more German shows confirmed

Thu 02.02.12 Wilhelmshaven @ Kling Klang

Fri 03.02.12 Berlin @ Haus der Sinne

Click on GIGS tab above for more details


VulgarGrad greatly looks forward to their first chance at swearing loudly in Russian at European audiences. Tell your friends!

Joining VulgarGrad on this tour is Germany’s own demon of the Russian accordion, Dr. Bajan.

thu 26.01.2012 GER Hamburg, Hafenklang

fri 27.01.2012 DK Kopenhagen 2 GIGS! 4pm Woodstock (Christiania) 10pm Charlie Scott’s

sat 28.01.2012 GER Lübeck, Treibsand

sun 29.01.2012 NL Haarlem, Patronaat

wed 01.02.2012 GER Köln, Sonic Ballroom

thu 02.02.2012 GER Wilhelmshaven, Kling Klang

fri 03.02.2012 GER Berlin, Haus der Sinne

tue 07.02.2012 GER Nürnberg, K4

wed 08.02.2012 GER Frankfurt, Das Bett

thu 09.02.2012 GER Berlin, Panda Theater

fri 10.02.2012 GER Jena, Rosenkeller

sat 11.02.2012 GER Hannover, Cafe Glocksee

LIMONCHIKI 7″ (in glorious yellow vinyl) released through off label records

VulgarGrad’s new 7″ single has been released in Germany through off label records. Go here to order it now! It comes in any colour you want, as long as it’s yellow:


That sounds pretty big for a little lemon.

German purveyors of strange but likeable music, Off Label Records, is putting out VulgarGrad’s first release since 2009’s King of Crooks. Release date to be confirmed, but it’ll be an as-yet-unreleased recording of that classic old Odessa song about stealing, “Limonchiki”. Stay tuned for details!

Europe Tour Jan-Feb 2012


VulgarGrad will finally be making it into the Northern Hemisphere this European winter. The band will be dragging their ball-and-chain through Northern and Eastern Europe in January and February next year, and will be packing the thickest telnyashki they can find. Contact Truemmer for booking enquiries.

Last Melbourne show for the year! 13 July @ Northcote Social Club

Vulgargrad, Northcote Social Club, MelbourneYou just never know where or when VulgarGrad are going to turn up next, sweeping down from the frozen north on wings of barbed wire and tattered Russian songbooks. Wednesday, 13 July at the Northcote Social Club is one of those rare occasions, and it’s seriously the last time they’ll be playing their raucous Russian criminal folk-punk-ska in Melbourne this year. Jacek Koman and the gang then go back to the jailhouse to practice for their inaugural European tour later in 2011. In an incredibly special event, you get not just one shot of wild Russian tunes, but THREE. Joining VulgarGrad on the bill for the first time are the new kids on the gulag, Blunderbus – fronted by Melbourne’s very own Siberian fugitive, Misha Doumnov – along with DJ Russian Disco, pumping out bizarre dance tunes from all of the most obscure corners of Europe and the former Soviet Empire.

Northcote Social Club, 301 High St Northcote VIC 3070 | Ph: (03) 9489 3917
Wed, 13 July | Doors 7.30pm
Tickets $15+bf or $18 on the door if still available
Ticket enquiries ph: (03) 9486 1677 or via Corner Box Office (57 Swan St, Richmond)

VulgarGrad at Fed Square, 27 March

VulgarGrad’s last Melbourne gig for the foreseeable future (though we are notoriously short-sighted) is happening next Sunday, 27 March at Federation Square, as part of Viva Victoria Festival. See here for more details. VulgarGrad will be on at 2.30 in the afternoon on the main stage. Lots of other fine acts are also performing on the day, including the brilliant Bombay Royale and Dereb the Ambassador.


Speaking of amazing musicians who have come to call Melbourne home, Russian-born ARIA-winning singer Zulya – a long-time VulgarGrad collaborator – will also be giving her last Melbourne concert for a while. With her incredible band, The Children of the Underground, Zulya will be performing at Revolt in Kensington on Saturday 26 March, supported by The Twoks. Details here. This may be the last time you can see Zulya perform for a while, and certainly the first, last, and only time you will see the expanded line-up of the Children of the Underground: Anthony Schulz on piano accordion, Eamon McNelis on trumpet, Lucas Michailidis on guitar, Justin Marshall on drums and Andrew Tanner on double bass. Should be an amazing evening!


До скорого!