I discovered Kirmizi, a Turkish all-female heavy metal band, when they were playing in DoRock bar in Taksim on a Sunday evening. DoRock is the favorite place for heavy metal fans in Istanbul, and Kirmizi was playing there regularly on Sunday evenings.
Now they play at other venues as well. On Friday evening February 3rd I was at their concert in the ‘Live Performance’, a club in the Ağa Cami Sokağı, between de mosque of the samen name and the new Demiroren shopping mall on Istiklal Caddesi.
Kirmizi was founded by Idil Çağatay and Aslı Polat in 2005 and consist of 4 women: Idil Çağatay (Voclas), Aslı Polat (Drums), Ecem Otgucuoğlu (Bass Guitar), and Saba Arat (Electro Guitar).
Kirmizi released their first maxi single in March 2010. Their debut album “Isyan” (Riot) was released one year later by RedRec Music, the band’s own record company.
Kirmizi was Ozzy Osbourne’s choice Istanbul Concert 2010. In that year they were invited to perform at the Festival Mundial in Tilburg (the Netherlands).
Last Friday evening their fans were mostly college students. Most heavy metal guys obviously preferred to stay at their favorite local hang out: DoRock bar. There the drinks are cheaper and they don’t have to pay for the music. While the tickets for the Kirmizi concert at ‘Live Performance’ was only 15 Turkish Lira.
The girls rocked! And the feed-back oft the male and female fans was more then enthusiastic. they were singing along and had a great time.
When: Friday, February 3
Where: Istanbul Live Performance (Club)
Address: Ağa Cami Sokağı (Taksim)
Phone: 0541-889 10 90
Time: 10:30 pm until 12:00 am
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