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Some must-see concerts in 2014

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Jan. 16, 2014, 11:53 p.m. | Music — by Olga Rudenko

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs during a concert in Caracas on Sept. 28, 2013. Aerosmith will give its first concert in Ukraine in May.
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Olga Rudenko

Buying concert tickets in advance is a good New Year’s resolution to make. Use this guide to check the best concerts of 2014 and save the dates.

Garou

Jan. 31

Pierre Garand, known as Garou, is not new to Ukrainian audience. The Canadian singer best known for his performance as Quasimodo in renowned Notre Dame de Paris musical has been including Kyiv in his tours regularly since 2008. While Garou released eight studio albums and has more than 100 songs in his repertoire, his main hit and every show’s special feature is Belle, the title song of Notre Dame de Paris. There are no doubts that Garou will treat his audience with Belle this time, too. 

Hr 350-2,500  
Palace Ukraine (103 Velyka Vasylkivska St.)

Sarah Brightman

Feb. 14

Another star of the musicals, Sarah Brightman is famous for her performance as Christine Daae in the original cast of “The Phantom of the Opera” in Broadway. On St. Valentine’s Day, Brightman will give her first ever performance in Kyiv. Brightman has a large repertoire, which includes five albums recorded with Andrew Lloyd Webber, the author of “The Phantom of the Opera” and other renowned musicals.

Hr 590-5,990
Palace Ukraine (103 Velyka Vasylkivska St.)

Kitaro

Feb. 26

Kitaro is not widely known in Ukraine, and his concert this February will be his first ever performance here. Kitaro, 60, is a New Age performer and composer, who composed music for a range of operas and movies, including Oliver Stone’s “Heaven & Earth” (1993). His works won Grammy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

Zhovtneviy Palace (1 Institutska St.)

Depeche Mode

Feb. 26

Depeche Mode hardly needs an introduction. In 33 years of its existence the band has put itself on the Olympus of electronic music. Their most famous hits are “Personal Jesus,” “Strangelove” and, of course, “Enjoy the Silence.” Last summer the band started its Delta Machine Tour and in its continuation will come to Ukraine this February.

Hr 690-1,490
International Exhibition Center (15 Brovarskiy Ave.)

Mireille Mathieu 

March 6

At the age of 67, Mirelle Mathieu continues performing her songs as passionately as she did decades ago. The french diva, often called the “Sparrow from Avignon,” will not only perform her original songs like “Une Vie D’amour,” but also the hits of another famous French singer, legendary Edith Piaf.

Hr 300-3,900
Palace Ukraine (103 Velyka Vasylkivska St.)

Thomas Anders 

March 11

This show aims to please the nostalgic souls. Thomas Anders became one of the 1980s biggest pop stars performing in the famous Modern Talking dance-pop duo. Even though the duo split in 1987 Anders goes on with the recognizable Modern Talking style, performing dance hits. His usual show includes some of Modern Talking hits as well as his solo songs.

Hr 200-1,250
Palace Ukraine (103 Velyka Vasylkivska St.)

Thirty Seconds to Mars

March 12

Thirty Seconds to Mars comes to Ukraine for the second time after the performance in 2010. This American indie rock band became famous because of the personality of its vocalist and co-founder Jared Leto, who made a career as Hollywood actor before turning to rock music scene. After four albums and a number of world tours the band is finally known for their music rather than just the frontman. The band is quite popular in Ukraine and its fans are very dedicated. 

Hr 800-3,200
Stereo Plaza (119 Chervonozoryaniy Ave.)

Alessandro Safina

March 18

Alessandro Safina performs in Ukraine so often that the posters with his face hardly ever leave the streets of Kyiv. This charming Italian operatic tenor combines opera and pop music. Safina performs a range of original songs, most popular being a hit single “Luna,” and often treats his audience with local songs, like the Russian song song “Ochi Chernie” (Black Eyes).

Hr 200-1,500
Palace Ukraine (103 Velyka Vasylkivska St.)

Gogol Bordello

March 21

Founded by Ukrainian-born Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello is not new to Ukraine. The band plays music of an original style that is most often called the Gypsy punk. The lyrics is usually a mixture of English, Gypsy, Spanish and Russian words, often pronounced with a deliberate accent.

Hr 380-1,400

Sentrum (16A Shota Rustaveli)

Aerosmith

May 21

The last but not the least, the living legend of American rock music gives its first ever concert in Ukraine this May. “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing,” “Crazy,” “Pink” are among the band’s biggest hits. Aerosmith doesn’t risk fitting its burning energy in the concert hall and will perform in NSC Olympiskiy stadium. This is a thing one doesn’t want to miss.

Hr 490-1,090
NSC Olympiskiy (55 Chervonoarmiyska St.)

Nine Inch Nails
June 14

American industrial band, Nine Inch Nails is another newby at Kyiv stage. The band included Ukraine in the schedule of the “Tension 2014” tour that goes in support of the band’s ninth album, “Hesitation Marks.”
Hr 290-1,290
Stereo Plaza (119 Chervonozoryaniy Ave.)

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