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Having left jaws a-gape at this years Download Festival, Mongolian ‘Hunnu’ Rock crew THE HU have confirmed their debut Irish performance in The Academy on February 16th. 

The HU is a band from Mongolia that blends heavy metal and traditional Mongolian throat singing.

Catch them in Dublin’s Academy on February, 16th. Tickets will be on sale from September 20th via Ticketmaster, priced at €23 (inc booking fee).

Their first two videos (“Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem”) immediately went viral garnering the band over 30 million views.  The explosive reaction to The HU resulted in a number of features about the band in international media such as NPRET India TimesPlayboy MexicoJack Canal+FrHong Kong 01DW News Germany and others.

The band’s name The HU, is the Mongolian root word for human being.  They call their style “Hunnu Rock”…inspired by the Hunnu, an ancient Mongolian empire, known as The Huns in western culture. Some of the band’s lyrics include old Mongolian war cries and poetry.

Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by their producer Dashka, along with the members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush.

The HU combines Rock Music with traditional Mongolian instrumentation like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp), guttural throating singing and the bombastic bass and drums of rock.  All four members have earned Bachelor’s or higher degrees in music and have several years of touring experience throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Since the formation of the band, they’ve been working on their first album, The Gereg.  The word Gereg was used as the first Diplomatic “Passport” by the Mongol empire during the time of Genghis Khan. The album contains nine songs including viral hits “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem”, and was released on September 13, 2019 via Eleven Seven Music.

Gala / Lead Throat Singer and Morin Khuur

Enkush / Lead Morin Khuur and Throat Singer

Jaya / Jaw Harp, Tsuur, Flute, and Throat Singer

Temka / Tovshuur

Oran O’Beirne 2019