Koza Mostra & Agathon rock the stage

Koza Mostra & Agathon rock the stage
Koza Mostra & Agathon Iakovidis from Greece. Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Malmö, Sweden -

Both Koza Mostra and Agathon Iakovidis, the combo representing Greece in this year's Eurovision Song Contest hail from Thessaloniki in the Greek region of Central Macedonia. Their ska-rock song is flavoured with the "rebetiko" folk music, a mix that certainly sets them apart!

The Greek performers first unveiled their stage costumes to Eurovision.tv backstage. Koza Mostra are dressed in black with white stripes, their shorts being covered by a kilt, an image that has accompanied the band since their formation. With this look they visually confirm their Scottish-UK music influences

And apart from the Greek national flavours contributed by Agathon Iakovidis, we found those influences in their entry Alcohol Is Free, a song that mixes the "rebetiko" folk style with punk, rock and ska.

Today they rock the Malmö Arena stage once more with their lively performance of Alcohol Is Free, a song which steps away from the usual formulas.

The press conference

When the Greek delegation was first asked about the title of their song Alcohol Is Free, their Head of Delegation, Ms.Sinia Koussoula, addressed the journalists to read the translation of the lyrics explaining that it is methaforically speaking about "the free spirit that gives great pleasure and satisfaction".

The important this is to not stop; to keep moving ahead from the struggles

Koza Mostra were asked by their favourite Eurovision entries and they gave several answers, like this year's Dutch entry Birds, or Waterloo by ABBA, but they mostly agreed on the Turkish entry from 2004, For Real by the band Athena. "We can totally relate to their sound" and they improvised a live version of its chorus. Agathon himself prefers the Greek winner in 2005 My Number One by Elena Paparizou.

About wearing kilts or skirts, the lead singer Ilias passed the question to his fellow member "as this was my idea". They thought it was cool, very free, especially in the summer, and that it's no wonder women are wearing them.

"We love to party before going on stage, so the stress goes out. With this we also manage to have fun on the stage". With this statement by Koza Mostra the Greek press conference was put to an end.

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  • Posted on 16 May 2013 at 22:15
    The song is great. Modern, original, funny. It combines sensibility with the rebetiko side and dynamism with its rock side. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2013 at 22:13
    The song is great! Modern, funny, original, combining sensibility and dynamism. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2013 at 15:55
    Eurofan30 you should know it is called F.Y.R.O.M not Macedonia :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2013 at 01:08
    Eurovision is for fun.....The Greek song ,I think represents this funny, happy, amazing and entertaining thing which the Contest must be at last. I thought that the songs are about to show something of each country's musik culture, every year is a different year..maybe we'll reach your expectations in the future. And also Turkey has many many immigrants in Europe and the whole world,but noone ever mentions it(. Also all the North countries(so many countries!!) help every year each other and everyone has a problem with Greece and Cyprus and the tremendous 12 points they exchange...That's a pity..
    Alcohol is free...we are free .... (and not for sale!!) Go Greece!!! Go Cyprus!!! Have a nice and entertaining Final !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2013 at 00:52
    It is catchy and entertaining:) Like their energy on the stage. Still wondering why do they wear kilts and weather it is traditional garment in Greece? Anyway, wish you all the best Greece with hopes to see you in the final :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 19:13
    this will qualify for sure just because it's greece and has many diaspora and may even get their usual top7-10 placing in final. It's a pity though because the usual greek recipe of mixing different music styles in a 3 min song creates a bad noise, not a nice song, and there are surely much better entries in semi-final 2 rather than this . It will be injustice if greece with this song as always qualifies and not Israel, Switzerland, Romania (maybe helped by diaspora but there are many haters), Macedonia, Iceland, San Marino! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 11:17
    This is actually much better than I first thought it would be. It's very catchy, the guys are cute and it's fun to watch! Go Greece!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 07:48
    Actually, the song is very catchy. The performance is a rock song, but I love how clean the performance is. I just love it. A possible Finalist, but I am not sure if it can reach farther during the Finals. Great entry! Love GREECE! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 06:10
    I'm glad Greece came with this AWESOME entry! Another of my favorites!

    I know this will qualify for the grand final and will end up in the top 10 easily :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 04:09
    Ethnic, I would say toooo much ethnic. Sure greeks will probably appreciate the song, but to me it's boring. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 02:55
    I'm pretty sure Italy will give lots of points report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 01:41
    ok...intersting although i preferred another entry with alex leon and georgina...it was a great song that could won!anw we love coza mostra...agathon reminds me the russian grannys from last year,,,anw good luck greece and we hope for top 10 this year and a better entrance next year! ps ...i love the skirts :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 01:27
    I actually like Koza Mostra , but I'm confused as to why ? Is Greece trying to put their country up for sale through the song ? Maybe I could interest some Brewery friends of mine to buy Greece ! Would We offer Free Alcohol? , NOT !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 23:37
    I think Greece should take a break in Eurovision.... although, rough men in skirts is always fun to watch.... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 19:49
    the worst greek entry for a very long time- report to the moderator