Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city with more than one million residents, became a cradle of anti-Vladimir Putin and pro-Ukrainian songs through the EuroMaidan Revolution and now the Russian-backed war against Ukraine.
When Russian pop singer Sergey Lazarev said on Ukrainian TV that he does not share his compatriots’ euphoria about his nation’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula, he did not anticipate the backlash at home.
As Ukrainian pop star Ani Lorak was receiving two awards at a Russian music awards ceremony in Moscow on May 31, Ukrainian military forces were fighting against Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine’s east - a war that has claimed nearly 150 lives of Ukrainian servicemen alone.
Despite all the troubles Ukraine has suffered in recent months, Ukrainians did not lose interest in fine music. While several summer music festivals, including the legendary Kazantip festival and Ukraine’s biggest rock festival Best City.UA, were canceled or moved abroad due to the unsafe situation in the country, many of them will welcome music lovers as usual.
Kyiv Post offers you a list of summer music festivals for any taste and budget.
Editor’s Note: Previous version of this article contained a mistake. Stepan Pasicznyk is a British resident of Ukrainian origin, not American. We thank our readers for being attentive and acknowledging the mistake. We sincerely apologize to Mr. Pasicznyk.
This man has a mission. It’s nothing to do with being parachuted into the annexed Crimea for a Bond-style operation, but for him it’s an important one.
After four months of revolution, the country’s young performers are motivated by a desire to help their country live in peace. Kyiv Dakh Daughters band just came back from their concert in Moscow and say now they see themselves as peacemakers.
A rock version of Ukraine's national anthem popped up on YouTube on March 24. The video featuring musician and Kharkiv EuroMaidan activist Nikita Rubchenko got some 300,000 views in just the first three days.
On March 22, the daily rush of Odessa’s popular fish market Privoz was suddenly interrupted by – or rather treated to – a live performance by the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Odessa Opera Theater, led by Western-born musician and conductor Hobart Earle.
A very confident yet humble Dmitriy Shurov has been a music practitioner for many years, experimenting with different styles and arrangements. He writes his own lyrics, composes music, sings and plays the piano.
The young lady in a black gown with her perfectly styled blonde hair looks like a celebrity – even an arrogant one on the home page of her website alloise.com. But 28-year-old Alla Moskovka, who goes by the stage name of Alloise, is a down-to-earth star in real life.
Daring, devilish and disturbing, The Hardkiss is often mistaken for a Western European band. “Are these guys from Ukraine?” awed listeners ask when watching their music videos. They might look like a mixture of Lady Gaga, Paramore and good old glam and punk, but the up-and-coming band is definitely Ukrainian.
It’s amazing how quickly a different point of view can turn something depraved into something relatively humorous. An uncovered YouTube video, shot from an entirely different angle, shows flag desecrator Jared Hasselhoff not urinating on the Ukrainian flag as everyone supposed, but accidently spraying it with red liquid – possibly fake blood – during a harmless prank. Which begs the question; was it all that bad?
Motorhead expressed sincere regret as they disclosed the decision to cancel their summer concerts, including the one scheduled to be held in Kyiv on July 28. The decision was made due an illness suffered by the group’s lead singer, Lemmy Kilmister. Upon his doctor’s recommendation, the concert series in Europe and Russia will not take place. Those who purchased tickets can receive a refund at the Palace of Sports box office between the dates of August 5 and October 31.
After her successful single “Butterflies,” Ukraine’s famous star, singer-actress Kamaliya, is not resting on her laurels.