Heartbreak Cartel
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Heartbreak Cartel

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"Heartbreak Cartel - formerly named The Abbots"

"The Abbots, phunky rock outfit from pretoria launched their second CD at a packed Tings&Times on 08 March

Playing for 300 mad partygoers - the event was a sure success!

"One of the most unique bands around. Now receiving airplay and acclaim nation-wide." www.onebigroom.co.za

"...ABBOTS’ innovative lyrics and energetic sound harnesses a playful content to the cd." www.wickedrock.co.za

"Be sure to catch this innovative, vibey, tongue-in-cheek band at a gig near you. They're worth it." http://www.wickedrock.co.za/personalwith_archive.asp#THE.ABBOTS_Pretoria,SouthAfrica-October2004 - Various Reviews from South Africa


Single 'Robber' released 16 September 2008 on The Icon Show on Phantom 105.2 FM as Demo of the week.



Heartbreak Cartel is a funky rock band that was formed in 2003 in Pretoria, South Africa (under the name The Abbots), that consists of a singer and rhythym guitarist, lead guitarist, bassist and a drummer.

Heartbreak Cartel has been known to impress audiences with their lively, foot stomping, entertaining shows. From the outset the band's sonic approach has blended home-grown South African Kwaito beats, Euro-Polka, and a contemporary indie sound into what we shall now refer to as 'AFRIROCK!!'

This sonic approach was well received as Heartbreak Cartel impressed at all the major festivals and received regular airplay throughout South Africa. Following from this, the band decided to relocate to Dublin, Ireland for bigger opportunities, where it kicked off its adventure with some foot stomping shows at the Village, Madisons, Eamon Dorans, Voodoo Lounge, Whelans and the Sugar Club. Heartbreak Cartel has played at some of Irelands great music Festivals including; Life Festival and Euro Cultures Festival, Hard Working Class Heros, the Dublin Fringe Festival, and The Dublin Tattoo Convention.

Active, is the only way to describe this band who have already conquered the Czech Republic alongside Fun Lovin' Criminals! Heartbreak Cartel are planning on doing a tour throughout Europe and America in 2009. They have recently finsihed their latest recording 'robber' which was selected by Phantom 105.2 FM as the Demo of the week. Work has begun on the next blockbuster single at their Dublin studio (Plaza Studios).

Have no fear the Heartbreak Cartel are still here.