A historic event took place at the Atlas club in Kyiv! A months long project, on which New Products Group and the APPS™ have been collaborating with the most prestigious music festival in Eastern and Central Europe, Sziget, has borne its ripest fruits!
On May 26, the final concert and the APPS Music & SZIGET: Awards ceremony took place at Atlas club. Until now, we only knew the short list of the “Europe” nomination: KADNAY, [O] and YUKO (the favourites among the experts) and the two bands that received the most votes on the awards website – Lviv Dance Club and My LastAttempt. It was after the live performances of the five finalists that the jury finally determined the act that will perform at Sziget and receive a monetary reward of 15,000 UAH.
The most delicious fruit of Ukrainian indie music from the first half of 2018 turned out to be the band KADNAY – the winner in the “Europe” nomination, the undisputed next big thing of the Ukrainian indie scene! Their energetic indie-electro and intense live performances do not leave audiences indifferent, and that is exactly what artists who have won the right to represent Ukraine at the Sziget Festival 2018 need to do. We hope that the European audience will enjoy the taste of the juiciest cider of Ukrainian music!
During the final concert, the experts also named the winner in the “Young” nomination – YUKO, the duo that proved that there is more in common between the rave scene and Ukrainian folklore than we thought. In this nomination the jury evaluated not only the music video that was sent to the competition, but also the overall potential of the young artists, the perspective and value of their creative work as a whole. YUKO received a prize of 20,000 UAH for the realization of their talent.
This year’s festival, which will take place on the Island of Freedom in Budapest on August 8-15, will feature Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Lana Del Rey, Kygo, Mumford & Sons, Dua Lipa, Liam Gallagher, Bastille, The Kooks, MØ, Lykke Li, Clean Bandit, Wolf Alice, Nothing But Thieves, Everything Everything, Cigarettes After Sex, Gogol Bordello, Fink and many other artists. Also in the line-up are Ukrainian bands 5'NIZZA and ONUKA.
APPS Music & SZIGET: Awards is a collaboration between APPS Music Awards, which has already explored the state of Ukrainian independent music last year, and Sziget Festival, one of the most famous festivals in the world, where any musician would be honoured to play.
The selection of Ukrainian bands to perform on the Sziget stage has already been held in our country twice: in 2015, ONUKA won the contest, and in 2017 – Atomic Simao. The APPS Music Awards was first held in the summer of 2017. The winner in the category "Breakthrough of the Year" was Indytronics, and Be My Guest won in the nominations "Video of the Year" and "Song of the Year".
APPS Music & SZIGET: Awards, video-announcement: https://youtu.be/-y5MiFK40hs