The Surprisingly Political Reason The Vengaboys Are 'Going To Ibiza'
If you grew up in the '90s, you're probably well accustomed to the party tunes of the Vengaboys. Now, they're getting political.
Twenty years since its release, the group hopped on the Venga Bus to perform the song for thousands of mainly left-wing protestors at a rally in Vienna on Thursday.
They were celebrating the collapse of the country's right-wing government brought down by a secret video, coined 'Ibiza-gate', showing two politicians appearing to offer shady deals in an Ibiza villa.
Earlier in the month protesters had blasted 'We're Going To Ibiza' through speakers -- inspiring the pop group to officially get on board.
"Honestly, I'm just here because of the Vengaboys," one protestor told Reuters.
Due to the pop Dutch troupe unwittingly providing the soundtrack to Austria's political firestorm -- the party anthem climbed up the music charts to number one in May.
The government found itself mired in a scandal earlier this month -- when German media published a video of the deputy vice-chancellor -- and head of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache attempting to collude with a supposed Russian national.
The video was filmed at a villa on Ibiza in 2017, weeks prior to the election where conservative Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz formed a coalition with the far-right.
As the government began to unravel, the far-right's political opponents started dancing to the Vengaboys.
The song's music video was first shared by German comedian and television host Jan Bohmermann on May 18.
According to media reports, Boehermann knew about the video weeks before it was published, leaving many speculating about his role in the leak.
Soon enough, 'We're Going To Ibiza' was being embraced by protesters, who proceeded to drive the song up the charts.
According to the website PopVortex, the song reached number one on Austria's iTunes last week, and is now sitting at number 10.
Since then, the government has collapsed.
Strache denied breaking the law, but conceded the video was "catastrophic". He stepped down last Saturday, prompting a number of government ministers to follow and Kurz to call a snap election.
On Monday, Kurz was forced out as chancellor after losing a no-confidence vote over his handling of the scandal.
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen announced top court justice Brigitte Bierlein would be the country's interim chancellor.
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