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Top Pick: Slovak Beatles hit town

Premiering this week at the Nová Scéna theatre in Bratislava is Backwards, a Beatles cover-band that appears to be the real thing. Backwards played one of three Bratislava old town stages on New Year's Eve, impressing the festive crowds with their dead-on renditions of early Beatle tunes and their clean-cut appearance matching the 'Fab Four' right down to the bowl-cut hair styles.
Backwards began covering Beatles tunes over five years ago. Now all in their early 20's, the boys - Fero Suchánsky, Karol Kazmík, Dalibor Štroncer, Viktor Nižník and Štefan Kožka as John Lennon - were recognized internationally last year when they won a US competition of Beatle cover-bands.


Not the Fab Four, but this group of Slovak Beatles impressionists will knock your socks off.
photo: Ctibor Bachratý

Premiering this week at the Nová Scéna theatre in Bratislava is Backwards, a Beatles cover-band that appears to be the real thing. Backwards played one of three Bratislava old town stages on New Year's Eve, impressing the festive crowds with their dead-on renditions of early Beatle tunes and their clean-cut appearance matching the 'Fab Four' right down to the bowl-cut hair styles.

Backwards began covering Beatles tunes over five years ago. Now all in their early 20's, the boys - Fero Suchánsky, Karol Kazmík, Dalibor Štroncer, Viktor Nižník and Štefan Kožka as John Lennon - were recognized internationally last year when they won a US competition of Beatle cover-bands.

Beatle songs were extremely popular in Slovakia during the 1960's and the enthusiasm has not yet died out. Bratislava audiences have traditionally flocked to Beatle cover shows at venues such as Štúdio S, where British-Slovak singer Miro Žbirka has been known to cover a hit or two.

Backwards will perform around 20 songs each performance and, as always, encourage crowd participation - especially group singing and shouting from the ladies, just like the real Beatles were so used to. This week's performances are on February 11,12 and 13.
Tickets for the premiere show cost 300 Slovak crowns, while ensuing performance prices range between 100 and 190 crowns. Tickets are available at the door one hour before the performance or at Nová scéna ticket office, Kollárovo námestie 20.
Tel: 5296 7638, open Mon.- Fri., 12:30-19:00.

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