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Merry holidays: Summer festivals in Ukraine


This summer, the Ukrainians are facing a pretty intense program of music festivals. I chose a few, in my opinion, the most interesting of them, among which every fan festival activities will find yourself the atmosphere, the music and the venue to taste.

The Festival «The Prophet» . which will be held on 17-18 July in the town of Smela of Cherkasy region, promises to be a major gathering of the year for metalheads from all over Ukraine. The festival will feature such monsters of hard rock as: Paradise Lost – British idols Gothic metal, thrash metal from Greece’s Suicidal Angels, Norwegian Trail of Tears, playing folk metal, and also Powerwolf from Germany, Dark Funeral from Sweden Gods Tower from Belarus, and Ukrainian command Fleshgore, Moria and Natural Spirit. Entrance to the festival will cost 250 USD. over the three days.

The festival «Taras Bulba» – not only one of the oldest music festivals in Ukraine (it was first held in 1991), as well as one of the most Patriotic. Popularization of Ukrainian music, culture and even local products among the youth – one of the main ideas of the festival, which is held annually near the ancient castle in Dubno Rivne region. From 16 to 18 July «Taras Bulba» continue to promote the young and little-known Ukrainian musicians will be selected to participate in the festival at auditions in June. Foreign guests are also allowed, but with one condition – in their repertoire must be at least seven songs in the Ukrainian language.

Festival of world music «SWR» will be held in Ukraine for the second time, from 30 July to 1 August. Last year he became the living embodiment of the saying about the first pancake is always lumpy. Stay in picturesque location near Svirzh castle in Lviv region, «SWR» promised an extensive programme of international and local musical celebrities, but closed the next day. As it turned out, the organizers have not paid the musicians, as well as companies providing stage equipment. The organizers, in turn, complained about low ticket sales. Perhaps in an attempt to attract more viewers, «SWR» this year will move to the shore of the Kiev sea, in the village of New Petrivtsi, 10 kilometres from Kiev. The list of musicians is still unknown, but already promises around 80 concerts on three stages, as well as a fire show, nightly film screenings and events.

The festival «Slavske Rock» again will delight lovers of mountain air and good music. It will be held in the Carpathian village of Slavske from 30 July to 1 August. The music program: Farben Lehre (Poland), Nader and His Band (Germany), Zumba (Georgia), Strawberry Street (Italy), as well as Ukrainians – «gutsul Calpso», «the dead Rooster», «Dymna Sumish» and others.

Most insane event of the summer in Ukraine – festival «Kazantip» – traditionally held in Popovka village (30 km from Yalta and 112 km from Simferopol) and will last a whole month – from 31 July to 28 August. All the separated lovers of sea, sun, hot partying and dancing till you drop to make sure you visit to the Republic of Z, to at least briefly to plunge into this fun gathering. The list of DJs who will play in at least 10 scenes, already has more than 200 names. Among them, the British Carl Cox and Hybrid, the Germans Marco Carola and Oliver Huntemann, KIiko and Tito from France, Josh Wink from the U.S. and others.

Organized by the Russians for the third time the festival «next World» will be held August 6-8 in the same place where we started «Kazantip» – on-site recreation Kazantip, in the village of Shelkino, near Cape Kazantip and the Tatar Bay. The local program is consists of a fashionable young now Russian and Ukrainian groups. Among the Russians will be «Pilot», Lumen, Jane Air, «Urban culture», «Stepanov’s Starlings» and others. From Ukraine are going SunSay, Luk and «Mystery of the third planet». Tickets cost – 300 UAH. until July 1, 350 UAH. – after.

In Sevastopol started international bike festival!