Crowdfunded!! New Album Due For Release on 23rd June 2017!

We are ridiculously HAPPY to announce that we have reached our crowd funding target! We would like to thank EACH and EVERY pledger for your support – we couldn’t have done this without you!

Our fourth album ‘Gross National Happiness’ will be released on 23rd June!

Our Pledge Music page will stay open until release day, so if you’ve not ordered a copy yet – please do! You can also find some SUPERB posters, QUALITY T-shirts and a few remaining ticket deals as well – by clicking here


A Special Announcement

1st April 2017

It is with sadness, and a slightly shaky voice, that we bring you this SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Your friends, Orkestra del Sol, clowns of the clave, fools of fanfare, bouffants of brass, who have been bringing you JOYOUS brassy undertakings of a musical NATURE for many years – we are about to GO OUT WITH A BANG. Yes – 13 years after bursting onto Edinburgh’s streets – all youthful enthusiasm, buoyant harmonies and clattering percussion – we are calling it a day. When 2017 draws to a close, we will be hanging up those red & black suits for good. Our drycleaner is RELIEVED. We are saddened.

But wait – this is not a time for mourning – no DOOM, and please no GLOOM. This is an OPPORTUNITY for a full-on, no-holes-barred celebration of Orkestra del Sol! We won’t slip away quietly – NO! We have been playing UPLIFTING music that CHEERS THE SOUL in streets, village halls, theatres, venues and festivals for many years now. We can’t just stop without ending on a HIGH NOTE. And YOU, our friends, are invited to JOIN IN!

We have just recorded a NEW ALBUM. It is titled GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS, and it is filled with not only national happiness – but happiness of INTERNATIONAL PROPORTIONS. There will be a new MUSIC VIDEO, made by our esteemed long-time collaborator Mr STEPHAN TALNEAU, plus ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES, a one-night-only Edinburgh Fringe show and a FAREWELL TOUR OF THE UK. 

As well as this, we will VERY SOON be inviting you to PRE-ORDER your copy of Gross National Happiness – and you’d better be QUICK, because we are making a very LIMITED EDITION run of CDs – only 1,000 copies. This will be Orkestra del Sol’s LAST ALBUM  – we guarantee you it is bombastic and BRASSY and packed with all the goodness you have come to EXPECT of us.

So, dear friends, keep your EYES PEELED for tour dates that will be announced soon, and your EAR TO THE GROUND for album news, our new FILM and more besides. We couldn’t have come this far WITHOUT YOU – and we hope you will join us during 2017, for our FINAL FANTASTICAL FLING.

Your friends,

Orkestra del Sol




Back on tour – May 2016

Hello, it’s US! Orkestra del Sol, your favourite PUGILISTSAS of POLKA are returning for another season of musical madness, MAYHEM and HONKSTEP. As with every new edition of the Orkestra, we will have brand new tunes, characters and stories for your DELECTATION. This year, we are kicking off with a VERY SPECIAL set of shows taking on the CRÉME DE LA CRÉME of the UK’s street bands in 4 head-to-head ‘BRASS-OFFS’ that will challenge the very best of you HONKSTEPPERS to stay off the dance floor. GET READY Brighton, Taunton, Penrith and Oxford – the gloves are off and we’re ON OUR WAY!!


Check out the gigs page for all upcoming dates and tickets etc.

Orkestra del Sol at Kelburn Garden Party

It’s an exciting FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT…. and not just any festival. It’s the UTTERLY EXQUISITE Kelburn Garden Party! We have been waiting to play this since it began, and we’re very pleased to announce we’ll be closing the Square Stage on the Sunday night this July. And what a line up for the weekend! We’re polishing our dancing shoes already…

Kelburn Festival 2015

Danke Berlin!

Orkestra del Sol at the Badehaus, Berlin

Thanks to all who came out to see us in Berlin, at all at the Badehaus for looking after us so well! That was our last gig for the year… What will 2014 hold? Watch this space…

Orkestra del Sol RETURNS in 2013!!

It’s been a while since our instruments were put to bed in Capitanji’s mountain hideaway. A good long while. It took us much longer than expected to earn our bus money to travel back to find them. Sincero Minimo and Olga were lost along the way. Lorenzo is missing In Acton. But did we find our instruments, or did they find us….? FIND OUT HERE, in our latest VIDEO SPECTACLE!

ORKESTRA DEL SOL, your favourite brassologists of the musical meadow, couldn’t let you, OUR FANS, go any longer without US. Our fingers and toes were itchy (but that was easily cleared up by a special powder you get at the chemist), our hearts yearned for the taste of your smiling faces, your dancing shoes and your palpable excitement.  WE HAVE TO PLAY FOR YOU AGAIN!!! And so here it is, a delightfully downsized 2013 tour of small but beautiful proportions. We hope that somewhere on the road you will be able to catch us for your favourite mix of BIG AND BRASSY TUNES that we still call HONKSTEP.

WEDS AUG 7 : Fringe by the Sea (North Berwick), 4pm.
SAT AUG 10 : Boomtown Fair, 3-4pm Main Stage.
THURS AUG 22 : Doune The Rabbit Hole, 10-11pm.
FRI AUG 23 : Towersey Festival, Oxfordshire.

FANS – can you give the Orkestra a helping hand? We were to be playing a festival in the South of England on Sat 24h August, but our gig has fallen through. Do you have a local venue, festival or party that might want to book us? All possibilities considered – email Marco via the band website.

See you soon! Your friends,

Orkestra del Sol

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