In 2012, German filmmakers Alexander Dluzak and Carsten Piefke (Peewee) released the documentary ‘Yangon Calling: Punk in Myanmar’ to critical acclaim. During filming they often joked with the bands about organising a tour of Germany, something which at the time seemed impossible. However, in the wake of political reforms which swept through Myanmar and heralded its re-entry into the international community their dream of bringing one of the bands featured in the film to play in Germany suddenly became possible. In December 2012 Yangon indie-punk band Side Effect became the first Burmese alternative band to play shows in Europe with a three-date tour of Germany.
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