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ESTONIAN BANDS

SMILERSVANILLA NINJATANEL PADAR & THE SUN

SMILERSSmilers is an Estonian rock band formed in 1991 by Hendrik Sal-Saller. The name comes from a Rod Stewart album, "Smiler.First the band was named Lezer Brozers. In 2004 and 2005 SMILERS won the awards for the Best Artist of the Year, which is the greatest apreciation you can get in our country.Smilers were also awarded a Golden Disc for Song of the Year in 2004 for "Ainult unustamiseks"

SMILERSSMILERS is undoubtedly one of the very few bands in Estonia that does not let people remain unmoved - they have sold more albums and have had a lot of hits No1 in radios than any other band in our country. The grateful audience is absolutely crazy about their contcerts! Last year they ad about 150 of those.

SMILERS has also participated in many charity events and given concerts in the Alps, Southern France (as high as 2 300 meters above the sea level!) and in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt.

TANEL PADAR & THE SUNEstonian rock band The Sun is one of the shooting stars of Europe. The band was formed five years ago around Tanel Padar after his Eurovision Song Contest victory in Copenhagen. Since then the band have enjoyed a massive following in their homeland and increasing interest in the Baltics and Scandinavia.For the past years The Sun has been building international recognition. Their first international release an enigmatic ballad "Hopelessness you" found it's way on MTV play-lists,also on VH1 Musical channel.It earned the band it's first MTV European Music Awards Nomination.

TANEL PADAR & THE SUNThe Sun has performed as support act for Metallica's only concert in the Nordic countries to an audience of 80 thousand fans (Summer 2006) and supported Aerosmith in their World Tour in Tallinn and Riga (Summer 2007).

The band has set personal records playing in front of 20 thousand on Summer 2006 Festival appearances, which were later released on DVD compilation and giving up to 300 concerts a year to promote their prior releases.

VANILLA NINJAEstonia`s most successful pop-rock group Vanilla Ninja came together in Tallinn, Estonia in August 2002 when 2 couples of best friends - Katrin Siska, Piret Jrvis and Lenna Kuurmaa, Maarja Kivi - met and decided to Vanilla Ninja`s first and self-titeled album was released in May 2003.The first international single Tough Enough was released besides Estonia also in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In Germany Tough Enough reached a very high 13th position in the official German Single Charts!

VANILLA NINJAIn December 2003 Vanilla Ninja decided to send a demo of their first English-language song - Club Kung-Fu - to the Estonian Eurovision Song Contest prefinals and as a result they were chosen among 10 finalists.In May 2005 Vanilla Ninja represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest. The song Cool Vibes achieved 8th place in the finals.

THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION!

Polina GussevaTallinn, Estonia