Tijuana Cartel

Tijuana Cartel

 Gold Coast, Queensland, AUS

The secret to the success of Tijuana Cartel is how they turn an utterly unique blend of flamenco, percussion, trumpet, beats, breaks, positivity and pulsing global rhythms into a uniting and exciting musical force.


The Gypsy Dance Caravan Returns.
Their mojo gets bigger by the day as they travel the length of the breadth of the country leaving a trail of larger and larger dance floors behind them.
If Carlos Santana had been hanging out in Iraq for the last 10 years then he would have to sound something like the Gold Coast’s own Tijuana Cartel. Tijuana Cartel delivers a perfect marriage of lustful rhythms and upfront electronica. They are inspired by everything the musical world has to offer, from Funk to Hip Hop to Reggae to the Middle Eastern flavours of the Sub Continent to the dance venues of London, and it is this fusion that creates the unique earthly musical energies that encaptures all those that come before them .This eclectic collection of traveling musicians and their myriad of personal influences gives Tijuana Cartel their distinctive sound, and it is their infectious & inspiring onstage performances that are earning them the highest accolades from audiences all over our fair land and beyond.
Their performances are a concoction of multi-layered grooves, splashes of Middle Eastern vocals, lilting Moby-esque soundscapes, Flamenco and slide guitar, trumpet, Electronic world beats and live Latin Cuban Percussion. A fusion of infectious music and phat electronic dance beats . Their musical energy & unrestrained delivery is thrilling audiences wherever they perform. Their tunes meander their way across the bumpiest musical terrain, a rhythmic body moved with stately deliberation creating inspiring & infectious rhythms that you just cannot help but dance to. It is a live show not to miss.
Tijuana Cartel houses Paul George and Carey O’Sullivan as co-producers, guitarists and keyboard players. Daniel Gonzalez on Cuban/Latin percussion and Trumpet Player Shannon Van Horn and an ever growing list of guest musicians.
With recent stand out performances at the Peats Ridge Festival & Subsonic Festival and being labeled a buzz band of the Byron Bay Blues Festival, Tijuana Cartel’s high vibrational dance music is uplifting audiences both nationally and internationally. Coming freshly off a sold out New Years Day Cat Empire show in Fremantle and mainstage slots at Rainbow Serpent ,Good Vibrations, & West & East Coast Blues Festivals ahead of them, 2010 is already shaping to be a huge year. Tijuana Cartel’s international exploits have increased after playing an 8 week residency in Beijing’s’ famous Loong Bar right through the China Olympic Period to world wide rave reviews and have recently played a residency at Bali’s infamous KuDeTa in Bali and Thailand & Mumbai.
No matter where you are over this coming year, you are sure to hear the Funky Flamenco Dance tunes of energetic live act - the Tijuana Cartel
Tijuana Cartel released their debut album Frequent Flyers – Redeemed nationally on December 1st 2007 to rave national reviews. Distribution is by One World Music. Tijuana Cartel have completed another 12 new tracks for their follow up album titled ‘They Come” which was launched nationally in March 2009. It captures the energy of their live performances and introduces an expansion to their song & beat writing skills developed in their constant gigging for the last 18 months. They are famously known for their absolute love of their music and infectious antics on the live scene.
They will nationally release an EP this August 2010 and a new album in March 2011.
Arguably the hardest working dance band in Australia having amassed over 250 live performances in 2009 to ever-growing audiences. Tijuana Cartel are definitely something special and are a band that love what they do and the feeling is contagious. Come prepared to Dance.

Recent & Upcoming Festival Dates:

Splendour in the Grass , Sonic Festival, Gumball , Noosa Surfing Festival , Falls Lorne & Hobart , Sunset Sounds , Southbound , Rainbow Serpent , Woodford, Surry Hills, East Coast Blues, Peat’s Ridge, Earth Dance WA, World Environment, GreenFest , The Planting, West End Carnivale , Gallience , Brisbane Festival Speigletent , One Movement, Uralla , Mullum Music, Surfing the Coldstream 09 '10 , Newtown Fest, Sydney Bulletin Place Laneway, Caloundra, WA Circus Festival, Noosa Camp Out, Music by the Sea, Bellingen Global Carnival, Earth Frequency, Blueprint, Exodus Festivals and with upcoming performances at Nannup, Chill Island, West & East Coast Blues’10, Earth Freq, Cairns Winter Solstice, Good Vibrations and Corinbank.



2008 Jun EP New Revolution
2008 Dec Released Frequent Flyers Redeemed
2009 Dec "They Come " - New Album
Triple J 'Roots n All'
Byron Bay FM - Playing Album
SunShine Coast Radio
SBS - World Music Review
Triple Z Brisbane
Radio Metro High Rotation The Way We Are , Something New
RTR Perth
Fresh FM Adelaide - Sounds of Then
Fresh FM Adelaide
RTR Perth.
,”They Come” has been getting fantastic airplay across the country on ALL major metro community stations, ie FBI, 3RRR, PBS ( added to rotation ie ALL 3 Tipsheets), Radio Adelaide, RTRFm and of course heaps of spins on Brisbane’s own 4ZzZ.

Set List

All Original Setlist/ One Cover
Two Sets - 1hr per set.

Tijuana Cartel perform an Uptempo Funky Flamenco Electronica World Beat inspired set of highly contagious dance and high energy musical tunes that leave the audience inspired and alive and better for the experience.

Set List:

Kanned Arabs
Holiday in Baghdad
Spanish Bossa
The Way We Are
The Gathering
Geisha Girl
Not Coming Down
Bharvatis Garden
Frequent Flyers
Zorba the Geek - Cover
They Come
Persian Pussy
Dumb Things
The Guitar Horse