Republic 30

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January 1970

The REPUBLIC band celebrates its three decades of career on March 14, 2020 at the Papp László Budapest Sports Arena.

Certainly, it will be 30 years since some talented young musicians set off a certain "almond" to become one of the most prominent speakers in the generation of musicians born of the Reformation. By the end of the year 1990, the classic line-up of Republic Bódi László Shoes, Csaba Boros, László Attila Nagy, Tamás Patai and Zoltán Tóth was born, which has shared the joy, success and task of working together for more than 20 years. The talent was testified early on, as the band almost immediately exploded into the public eye with its lively melodies and sincere lyrics. Professional accolades from winning a rock festival in Balatonlelle, through the eMeRton, Golden Giraffe and Phonogram awards, did not stop at the Honorary Cross of the Order of the Republic of Hungary, not to mention the countless gold, platinum and diamond plates. Their increasing popularity since the 1990s has earned the recognition of contemporaries like János Bródy, László Tolcsvay, Beatrice, Bikini or even Zsuzsa Koncz, often giving joint productions to the posterity. The Whale Flying, Loving Someone, Get Closer, If You Were Here, Route 67, Blue and Orange, Get A Little Bird… just to name a few of the countless Republic hits that have generations growing up and which are a mix of Hungarian pop culture made it an inevitable bastion.

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Budapest Arena

The predecessor of the Sport Arena, the Budapest Sports Hall designed by István Kiss, was inaugurated on February 12, 1982. The building was modeled on the Leninrgad Jubilee Sports Palace, although it was slightly larger. It received 12,500 spectators. In December 1999, the Budapest Sports Hall became a fixture during the Christmas market. The disaster shocked the public as the BS was the only indoor building that could accommodate thousands of people, hosting many music concerts, cultural events, and sports events. The building was completely burnt down and there was no possibility of its restoration, so a new sports hall was begun and its construction began on June 30, 2001. The ceremony was handed over on March 13, 2003.

The opening ceremony took place on March 14 and ended with a gigantic classical music concert. The Budapest Sportarena has been named after László Papp since May 28, 2004.

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