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Formed in the Summer of 2007, Following the split of two different bands Phil, Aidan and Dean joined together to form The Kartels. Phil and Aidan had worked together in various bands and had been working together on songs whilst on the lookout for a new bass player and Drummer. Following the break up of a local band Gengus, Dean joined the two lads and they began putting together songs and looking for a bass player. Following a conversation at Oxegen between Dean and Rob, Rob who had previously played in a number of bands as a guitarist decided to switch to playing Bass and make the full line up for The Kartels. The Band started off playing venues around Dublin such as The Hub and Eamonn Dorans before deciding to play local gigs to get money to fund recording sessions. These local gigs acted as a platform for the band to take a step up to the big venues of Dublin such as The Academy, Whelans and The Mercantile.The Kartels have built up the reputation as an honest hard working band have continued to gig regularly around venues in Dublin. The guys are currently in pre production for the recording of their forthcoming EP. This will be due out in early 2012. The future looks bright for this fourpiece.