Buffo's Wake

Eastern European Carnival Punks, with influences from Abba to Zappa, Buffo's Wake are guaranteed to leave you dancing like a man possessed!

 Musical schizophrenics, drawing from their diverse backgrounds ranging from Drum n Bass DJ's to classically trained string players, punks to funk, poets to showmen, you're never quite sure what to expect next from Buffo's Wake. In their short 4 years together, they have toured all over the world, finding an inspired, confused, sweaty, and often very drunk reception everywhere they go. 2014 saw the release of their debut album, Carniphobia, followed by a non-stop tour schedule and 2016 shows no sign of letting up. So embrace the spirit of Buffo's Wake by letting go of your inhibitions, dancing til your feet hurt, and consuming a huge quantity of whiskey!

Buffo’s Wake are a twelve-legged beast hatched in the murky backwater of Brighton, UK. Armed with accordions, violins and a bucket full of gusto they waltz, tango, mosh and kolo their way through various influences from Eastern European, Balkan and Russian folk, to punk rock and cabaret, telling tales of debauchery, deformity, zombies, incest and anatomy and making the audience dance into the night in the process. 

Little is known of the true story of how Buffo’s Wake came to be, though it's rumoured that they bonded over a Ouija board, a bottle of whiskey and Tom Waits. In their brief but bombastic years together, they have toured extensively throughout Europe, playing in over 15 countries as well as countless tours and headline shows throughout the UK. They have made numerous TV and radio appearances including BBC Introducing and have performed at many of the best known British and European festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown, Iboga Summer Festival and Bestival - and once managed to get Bodger (of Bodger and Badger fame) so rowdy that he had to be escorted out of a Brighton bar – true story. 

On Halloween 2014, Buffo’s Wake released their debut album Carniphobia. Recorded in an array of bedrooms, studios (and everywhere in between), Buffo’s Wake decided not to use any synthesized instruments on their songs, instead opting for entirely acoustic instruments, effects and atmospherics. The album was created using singing saws, wine glasses, old rusty pipes, handmade percussion instruments and anything else they could get their grubby little paws on. The result is the haunting sound of an abandoned circus flowing throughout the album, inspiring the title Carniphobia. 

With 12 tours of Europe spanning over 25 countries under their belts, plenty more in the works, they are set to spend the next year bewitching every dancer, buccaneer, raver, charlatan, libertine, drunk and adventurer that has a palate for excitement, debauchery and divine madness.