En­joy sum­mer, best mu­sic at top 7 fes­ti­vals in Ukraine

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - BY TOMA I STOMINA [email protected]

Some of the best mu­si­cians from all over the world will come to Ukraine this sum­mer to rock the stage dur­ing the coun­try’s many mu­sic fes­ti­vals. Here are the top mu­sic fes­ti­vals of the sum­mer.

Leopo­lis Jazz Fest

At the end of June Lviv, the un­of­fi­cial cap­i­tal of western Ukraine, will turn into the coun­try’s jazz cap­i­tal. The Leopo­lis Jazz Fes­ti­val (Leopo­lis is the Latin name for Lviv, “the City of Li­ons”), which was ear­lier known as Alfa Jazz, will kick off on June 27 and fea­ture numer­ous mu­si­cians from all over the world. This in­ter­na­tional event was listed by The Guardian as one of the top 10 jazz fes­ti­vals in Europe.

Leopo­lis will hold per­for­mances in three lo­ca­tions: the main stage, named af­ter Pol­ish jazzman Ed­die Ros­ner, which re­quires tick­ets to en­ter, as well as two stages on Rynok Square and near Po­tot­skykh Palace, both of which are free to at­tend. This year’s lineup fea­tures global stars of jazz Ah­mad Ja­mal, Mar­cus Miller and Charles Lloyd from the United States, Jamie Cul­lum from the United King­dom and Mario Biondi from Italy. Ukraine’s top elec­tronic band Onuka will also per­form at the fes­ti­val, play­ing their most pop­u­lar tracks as well as songs from the new al­bum “Mozaika.”

Leopo­lis Jazz Fest. Lviv. Ed­die Ros­ner stage (4 Bol­harska St.), Rynok Square, Po­tot­skykh Palace (15 Mykoly Kopernyka St.) June 27 — July 1. Oneday en­trance — Hr 550–5,000.

Buy tick­ets at www.leopolis­jazz. com/en/tick­ets

At­las Week­end

The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers, Martin Gar­rix, LP, Tom Odell, Lost Fre­quen­cies, Noth­ing But Thieves — these great mod­ern acts and many oth­ers will per­form at Ukraine’s big­gest mu­sic fes­ti­val, At­las Week­end in Kyiv. At­las Week­end, which has been held in Kyiv since 2015, was re­cently named by the Bri­tish on­line mu­sic news site Gig­wise as one of the 39 best fes­ti­vals in the world. Over seven days, the fes­ti­val will fea­ture mu­si­cians of var­i­ous gen­res from pop and rap to rock and elec­tronic.

Apart from lots of for­eign bands and singers, the lineup in­cludes pop­u­lar Ukrainian bands such as Boom­box, DakhaBrakh­a, Pianoboy, 5’nizza, Dakh Daugh­ters, An­tytila, O. Tor­vald and Skai, as well as the ris­ing stars of Ukrainian mu­sic in­dus­try — Kad­nay, Yeyo, Tayanna, Brunettes Shoot Blondes, and more. The first day of the fes­ti­val on July 3 will fea­ture only Ukrainian bands and en­try will be free.

As many peo­ple come to Kyiv for At­las Week­end from all over the coun­try, the fes­ti­val will set up

a camp­ing area so that guests can en­joy the fes­ti­val at­mos­phere day and night. The or­ga­niz­ers also prom­ise yoga ses­sions in the morn­ing.

At­las Week­end. VDNH (1 Akademika Hlushkova Ave.) July 3–9. Fes­ti­val pass is Hr 1,900, camp­ing — Hr 500.

Buy tick­ets at www.at­lasweek­end.com/en/buy-tick­ets

UPark Fes­ti­val

UPark was first held two years ago in Kyiv. It’s not a typ­i­cal mu­sic fes­ti­val but rather a two-day se­ries of shows by top bands on one stage. This year, UPark’s at­ten­dees will be able to hear the leg­endary Bri­tish band Gorillaz, Swedish elec­tro-pop singer Tove Lo, an­other band from Bri­tain, play­ing trip-hop, Mas­sive At­tack, Ice­landic blues and rock band Ka­leo, Bri­tish mu­si­cian and DJ Bonobo, and oth­ers. The Ukrainian rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clude elec­tronic folk bands Onuka and Yuko.

UPark Fes­ti­val. Va­lerii Lobanovsky Dy­namo Sta­dium (3 Mykhaila Hru­shevskoho St.) July 25–26. Fes­ti­val pass — Hr 2,699, one-day pass — Hr 1,430–1,499

Buy tick­ets at ticket.up­ark­fes­ti­val.com/2018/hall


At the end of June, en­ter­tain­ment fes­ti­val BeLive will fill Ukraine’s big­gest sports arena, the Olympic Sta­dium, with fans of mu­sic, cin­ema, ex­treme sports and stand-up com­edy. The fes­ti­val com­bines var­i­ous en­ter­tain­ment with ed­u­ca­tional lec­tures, a lounge zone, and all kinds of street food. For the mu­sic part, BeLive will have two stages, where both be­gin­ning and leg­endary bands will per­form. The main stage will fea­ture per­for­mances by one of the most prom­i­nent ex­po­nents of jazz funk, Bri­tish band Jamiro­quai, Dutch house DJ Funker­man, Bri­tish in­die rock band Every­thing Every­thing, and synth-pop duo Hurts.

Check out the fes­ti­val’s My Mu­sic Stage to lis­ten to up-and-com­ing Ukrainian mu­si­cians play­ing in var­i­ous gen­res, all of whom have lots of en­ergy to share. The Ukrainian lineup in­cludes fu­ture-pop band The Erised, which has be­come quite pop­u­lar abroad, elec­tronic singer Con­stan­tine, young pop-rock band Moun­tain Breeze, Kazka band, which blends ex­per­i­men­tal pop and folk, and pop singer Laud.

BeLive. Olympic Sta­dium (55 Ve­lyka Va­sylkivska St.). June 21–24. Fes­ti­val pass — Hr 1,350–1,750. Oneday pass — Hr 999–1,199

Buy tick­ets at www.goo.gl/ HJ­zovU


A long-term fix­ture of the mu­sic fes­ti­val life in Ukraine, ZaxidFest is get­ting ready to cel­e­brate its 10-year an­niver­sary in Au­gust. ZaxidFest will as usual shake the vil­lage of Ro­daty­chi, lo­cated some 40 kilo­me­ters from Lviv in western Ukraine. The fes­ti­val will set up a mini-ver­sion of a city, with three stages, a camp­ing area, a park­ing zone, food court, and all of the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture in the mid­dle of a for­est on the ter­ri­tory of a recre­ational com­plex.

ZaxidFest’s lineup is fa­mous for fea­tur­ing mul­ti­ple di­verse artists. And this year, the or­ga­niz­ers prom­ise to set up a bat­tle be­tween rock and rap. The list of head­lin­ers in­cludes Welsh hard rock band Bul­let for My Valen­tine, Brazil­ian heavy metal band Sepul­tura, Swedish metal band The­rion, and Ger­man met­al­core band We But­ter the Bread with But­ter. Among the Ukrainian mu­si­cians, the fes­ti­val has so far an­nounced in­die pop band La­tex­fauna, rock band Tar­tak and pop punk band Posh­laya Molly.

ZaxidFest. Aug. 24–26. Lviv oblast, Ro­daty­chi. One day — Hr 660, three days — Hr 990, tent camp pass for three days — Hr 250.

Buy tick­ets at www.zaxidfest. com/en/page/get-tick­ets

Brave Fac­tory Fes­ti­val

As the rave cul­ture con­tin­ues to de­velop in Ukraine, not only elec­tronic mu­sic par­ties but also en­tire fes­ti­vals are now be­ing held here. Brave Fac­tory is one of them — an­other young fes­ti­val that was launched only last year. The first Brave Fac­tory was held in­side an old in­dus­trial fac­tory that was dec­o­rated with mod­ern street art in­side. This year, the fes­ti­val hasn’t an­nounced a venue yet, but promised it would be as artsy as the pre­vi­ous one — en­hanced with in­stal­la­tions and vis­ual art.

The fes­ti­val will have four or five stages, where over 60 DJs, both lo­cal and for­eign ones, will per­form their sets. Brave Fac­tory has so far an­nounced six elec­tronic mu­sic artists — Apol­lo­nia from France, Chris Liebing from Ger­many, St­ingray 313 from the United States, as well as Bri­tish Float­ing Points, Hid­den Orches­tra and Square­pusher. The full lineup is yet to be pub­lished.

Brave Fac­tory Fes­ti­val. Lo­ca­tion to be an­nounced. Aug. 25–26. Fes­ti­val pass — Hr 1,050

Buy tick­ets at www.res­i­den­tad­vi­sor.net/events/1085566

Faine Misto

Faine Misto fes­ti­val, held at the race­track in western Ternopil Oblast in July, will bring to­gether 80 per­form­ers and thou­sands of vis­i­tors. Launched in 2013, the fes­ti­val has been rapidly grow­ing its vis­i­tor num­bers — up to 16,000 peo­ple at­tended the event last year.

The fes­ti­val’s genre-di­verse lineup will fea­ture both Ukrainian and for­eign mu­si­cians. Fin­nish rock band The Rasmus, Lithua­nian elec­tronic duo Beis­soul & Einius and Bri­tish pop band Bloom Twins are on the list.

Faine Misto will also fea­ture lo­cal mu­si­cians — the founders of Ukrainian rock Vo­pli Vi­do­pliasova, elec­tronic folk band Onuka, Pianoboy, Kad­nay, Vivi­enne Mort, and more.

Faine Misto. Ternopil Oblast. Ternopil race­track (7 kilo­me­ters from Ternopil along the H02 road). July 19–22. Fes­ti­val pass — Hr 980, two­day pass — Hr 600–850, one-day pass — Hr 600, camp­ing — Hr 250, park­ing — Hr 170.

Buy tick­ets at www.faine­misto. com.ua/tick­ets

A woman en­joys danc­ing to live mu­sic at the At­las Week­end fes­ti­val on June 30, 2017. This year, The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers, Martin Gar­rix, LP, Tom Odell, Lost Fre­quen­cies, Noth­ing But Thieves, and many more will per­form at At­las Week­end fes­ti­val on July...

U.S. soul and jazz singer China Moses per­forms dur­ing her 90-minute show on the main stage of Alfa Jazz Fest in Lviv on June 25, 2017. (Volodymyr Petrov)

Vis­i­tors lis­ten to mu­sic at ZaxidFest held on Aug. 19-21, 2016. This year, the fes­ti­val, which is held in western Ukraine, cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary. (ZaxidFest)

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