Mongooz And The Magnet

A young Norwegian/Irish/Hungarian band that has suddenly captured the heart of the Hungarian music scene. A few years back a Norwegian and a young man from Ireland moved to the south of Hungary to learn medicine. After teaming up with a local drummer, they formed a threesome that in its first 3 years has already performed in cities and festivals across Hungary, Germany, the UK, Romania and Ireland.

Playing their brand of Hendrix-pop-rock music with a mix of fire and guts, but also some bittersweet honesty, they have been building a following since their establishment in early 2014. To date they have been opening for some of the biggest bands in the country, in front of crowds from 300 to even 10,000, earned regular airplay with last year’s single ‘Number’, and will play at the prestigious Sziget Festival (winner of Best Festival Line-Up in Europe in 2015, Best Major Festival in Europe 2016) and Volt Festival (winner of Best European Medium-sized Festival in 2015) this year. With just three musicians on stage, the space is filled with big guitar sounds and a double bass dragged around like a piece of meat. This is topped off with lyrics about emotional journeys and of personal freedom, in a country that has appears to have an interesting relationship with it.

With an international mix of members, and an identity that is simultaneously foreign, but also feels very Hungarian, they have followed a perhaps illogical path – turning their backs on ‘safe’ careers in medicine, to live instead through music, and with this passion have quickly become one of the fastest growing bands in Hungary. The band has started to hit international showcase festivals and eventually do their first European tour in the fall of 2016 with their newest studio album, and first LP,Please Be Naked. Recorded and produced in Hungary, featuring many local Budapest musicians and packed full of energy!


Magnus Måløy – guitars & vocals (Nittedal, Norway)
Ian O’Sullivan – bass, double bass & vocals (Bray, Ireland)
Hunor G. Szabó – percussion (Mezőtúr, Hungary)