Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian crew who triumphed on the 2022 Eurovision tune contest, are to accomplish at Glastonbury pageant for his or her first ever UK live performance.
Their profitable tune Stefania mixed hip-hop with the intricate flutes and heartfelt vocals in their nationwide people tune, and noticed an enormous reaction from the general public, who swept them to victory within the Eurovision telephone vote casting – a transparent demonstration of unity with Ukraine all the way through the conflict with Russia.
The sextet will seem on the Truth level on Friday night time (technically early Saturday morning, at 1.10am), within the pageant’s fantastical, extremely politicised Shangri-La house.
Frontman Oleh Psiuk mentioned: “This is the perfect place for our first ever British performance and we hope it will be the start of many in the UK. We are very grateful for all the support we receive from the people of Britain, both for us and our country, and we are preparing a very special Ukrainian surprise for the fans at Glastonbury. What is it? You’ll soon see.”
Chris “Tofu” Macmeikan, director of Shangri-La, mentioned it used to be a privilege to welcome the crowd, including: “We’re honoured to have the chance to show our solidarity with Ukraine. On the Truth stage we have always championed Roma and Eastern European music, remixed for the 21st century, so they are the perfect fit.”
Glastonbury welcomes every other Ukrainian Eurovision act, 2021 entrants Go_A who got here in 5th position (and have been voted 2nd within the public vote). The two teams percentage a band member, Ihor Didenchuk, and, like Kalush Orchestra, Go_A mix conventional Ukrainian songwriting with fresh influences, leading to an astonishing high-tempo fusion of people and techno on their Eurovision access tune Shum. They carry out at the John Peel level at 11.30am on Saturday.
Appearing at the Pyramid level at 12.45, simply sooner than Herbie Hancock, is the Ukrainian crew DakhaBrakha. Known for his or her hanging level outfits, and that includes 3 singers who studied as ethnomusicologists, the quartet use a globe-spanning number of tools to make stirring people songs.
At midday on Friday, a chat match at the Left Field level, co-curated by means of Billy Bragg, will specific unity with the folk of Ukraine, with panellists together with Ukrainian activists along the Guardian reporters Emma Graham-Harrison and John Harris, plus others.
Kalush Orchestra expressed their sadness this week on the proposal by means of Eurovision organisers that the 2023 contest – which in most cases would were hosted within the profitable nation of Ukraine – will happen in the United Kingdom, because of safety causes.
“Our team is very disappointed with the EBU’s decision and has high hopes that it is possible to change it,” Psiuk mentioned. “We really want to hold this Eurovision song contest in Ukraine and our armed forces will do everything possible to make it safe for everyone. Just give us a little time and we will prove to you that everything will be as it should be.”