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Ukraine is rapidly becoming an epicentre of cool events as it launches a couple of new festivals every year. The diversity of performers and music genres has always been impressive, and this year isn’t any different. Just a few of the performers that will be attending this year’s festivals include Jamiroquai, Hurts, Tom Odell and Gorillaz. Another key advantage of planning a trip to Ukraine is that local festivals are way cheaper here than in Europe.
BeLive festival will be held in Kiev for the first time this year, but its line-up does not interfere with the other widely known events. The main headliners are Jamiroquai, Hurts and Everything Everything, as well as other up-and-coming Ukrainian musicians. You’ll also find many other possible entertainment options, such as street food, art, standups, sports, cinema, technology, activities for bloggers and vloggers and even a children’s playground.
When: June 21-24
Leopolis Jazz Fest (previously known as the Alfa Jazz Fest) is an international jazz event, which immediately turns Lviv into one of the main locations of high-quality music. For a couple of days, guests have the opportunity to check out more than 170 musicians from 16 countries, partake in workshops, jam with friends and fellow music lovers and attend autograph sessions. Not to boast, but it was listed among the top 10 jazz festivals in Europe by The Guardian.
When: June 27 – July 1
Atlas Weekend has a reputation for being the most ambitious Ukrainian music festival. Its peculiarity is an absolutely versatile selection of performers: going from rock stars to popular pop singers or rappers. If you didn’t have an opportunity to listen to LP, Nothing but Thieves, Tom Odell, The Chemical Brothers or Tomorrowland’s favourite Lost Frequencies live, you need to come to Kiev in July and enjoy live music from the best musicians in the world. Besides, you’ll be surprised by the quality of some of the local singers and bands.
When: July 4-8
In mid-July, Ternopil city and the entire Western Ukraine will be vibrating from the Faine Misto music festival. Its motto says that it is the territory of free people. Thus, it is the venue for running away from the routine and enjoying yourself. The event’s line-up is always unexpected, although this year, famous names have already been announced: The Rasmus, Amaranthe, Oomph! and Vivienne Mortand. The main advantage this festival provides is two camp sites that offer paid and free spots.
When: July 19-22
If you like an active pastime, UPark is a festival that will have you dancing ’til you drop. The leading performer is Gorillaz, who will please guests on the first day of the event. Kaleo, Little Dragon and YUKO are among other invited musicians. The second day of UPark is dedicated to the beats of electronic sound with Bonobo, Massive Attack, Onuka (popular Ukrainian band) and Young Fathers playing on the stage. In addition, there will also be an art market and a large food court for snacks after cheerful partying.
When: July 25-26
Koktebel Jazz Festival is a festival with a history that goes back to 2003. At that time the event took place in Koktebel (Crimea peninsula) and later was moved to Chornomorsk city, not far from Odessa. It is not just a music gathering, but a fully-fledged cultural event with different variations of classic jazz: electronic, pop and even rock flows. The major headliners for 2018 are the successful Ukrainian band Dakh Daughters (a female band performing in the genre of freak-cabaret) and Onuka. Moreover, the stages for the event are located on the beach. Just imagine how inspiring it would be to enjoy jazz and watch the sun set over the Black Sea.
When: August 16-19
If your main goal is to become a part of the festival community and enjoy the camping life, choose ZaxidFest above all the events. The venue is located in a picturesque forest near a clear lake, guaranteeing an unforgettable and emotional experience. If you prefer to stay in a hotel, the festival has a free round-trip shuttle to Lviv. In terms of music, Bullet for My Valentine will be the star of the stage this year.
When: August 24-26