Saturday 25th March 2023
£15 Standing £17 Seated
Malavita! (The name at least) was conjured up on 21st February 2013 whilst on a flight to Cuba. A culmination of good friends, a love of music, and a lot of determination set this project in motion many years before, but a chance collision of fresh blood, renewed fire in their bellies and using world music to inspire the group was reincarnated as Malavita! Their genre-defying sound fuses funky Latin beats, heaps of percussion, soaring guitars, skanktastic bass lines, punchy horns and soulful female vocals to create a heady mixture of original, infectious feel good tunes. 8 eclectic, fun-seeking musical misfits originating from Italy, France and the Deep South (Westcountry) come together to inspire you to dance, sing along and lose your inhibitions. Collectively on a mission to start the party and keep the dance floor jumping with their festival-strength tropical sounds.
The group have enjoyed several summers full of gigs and festivals. They have played the epic Boomtown Fair, Greenman, Isle of Wight, Kendall Calling, Treufest, Beautiful Days, Port Eliot Festival, Tunes in the Dunes, Looe Music Festival, Tropical Pressure and Sunrise Festival, to name a few. After a brief pause for the Pandemic, 2021 saw them back doing what they love at The Bimble Inn and paling the Main Stage at The Great Estate Festival just before the almighty Dutty Moonshine Big Band. 2022 highlights have been playing Plymouth Pavilions alongside “Land of the Giants”, being booked to play Tropical Tea Party at Hootananny Brixton and also being asked to play at Bahrain Jazz festival, where the band will be performing their first international show in December.
They are regulars at some of the best music venues in the South West and have played at The Trinity Centre, The Canteen, The Leftbank & Mr Wolfs in Bristol, The Bell Inn, Bath, The Phoenix & The Old Firehouse in Exeter & The Barrel House in Totnes. In London, Malavita! have played Hootenanny Brixton, The Magic Garden in Battersea. They have supported the superb Molotov Jukebox, Dutty Moonshine Big Band, The Undercover Hippy, Electric Swing Circus, The Cat Empire, and The Brand New Heavies. Recent highlights have been The Bimble Inn @ Beautiful Days, Chai Wallah @ Greenman and Kashmir Cafe @ Isle of Wight Festival. Chai Wallah has supported the band and booked them for several shows, including their 20th Birthday party in Bristol at The Crofters rights, which sold out in record time and had them as part of their roster for Greenman and Kendall Calling.
Malavita! released their first E.P., “we ain’t makin biscuits”, in 2014 and have since recorded their latest E.P “Flamingo Lingo”, at Cube Recording Studios in Cornwall, released in April 2018 and available now across all digital platforms and on beautifully illustrated CD. 2020 was an unusual year, to say the least, but even a global pandemic couldn’t stop them from writing. “Up in Smoke”, the new single with video, has just been released, and ‘Wild Ones” will follow towards the end of this year. 2023 looks to be an exciting year with new music, fresh recordings and plenty of festival bookings in the diary already.