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Kyiv-based music venue Atlas takes over AB for Europe Day
May 9th will be the ninth edition of our Europe Day event and we’ll be celebrating Europe in music with a tribute to Ukraine’s musical scene, one of the most inspiring and resilient on the continent.
Our venue Ancienne Belgique joins forces with the Ukrainian venue Atlas to present three emerging Ukrainian bands, who will bring their own unique sound and style to the stage.
In parallel to the event, we are launching a fundraiser for an initiative called Music saves UA which was created by Ukrainian Association of Music Events to provide immediate humanitarian help to those who need it most right now in Ukraine. Each €10 collected will finance one humanitarian box providing food for one person for an entire week. The boxes will be mainly distributed in Kherson, the biggest city liberated by Ukrainian forces since the start of the war. Whether you will be joining us on May 9th or not, you can contribute to this crucial initiative by making a voluntary donation (see link here).
Line-up: Double Bill: Ragapop + The Lazy Jesus
Can you imagine a combination of post-punk, lo-fi electronica, acting and performance? Because that’s exactly the idea behind Ukrainian band Ragapop, the successful side project of Dakh Daughters members Ruslana Khazipova and Anna Nikitina in collaboration with producer Anton Ocheretyanyy.
Their first EP ‘Siasya’ is a tribute to the famous 19th century Ukrainian poet Ivan Franko. It is based on his not so well-known lyrics and brilliant translation of ‘Oedipus the King’ by Sophocles. Essential to the band is the energy drawn from Ukrainian culture. The mysticism and eroticism of this place are sure to captivate you, no matter what language is spoken. Ragapop sounds solid and fresh on their albums. Both musically and visually, it will be a ravishing experience.
THE LAZY JESUS
Meet The Lazy Jesus, Ukrainian DJ and sound producer with a multi-genre taste and an ear for modern interpretation of ancient sounds.
After organizing several events all over the world exploring the stylistic diversity of ethnic music, he got inspired to delve into his country’s folk and ancient music culture.
For Europe Day the Kyiv based DJ will bring his latest project, UA Tribal, where non-trivial rhythms blend with the musical folklore heritage of Ukraine. Further, the music component is enhanced by the visual art animation created in collaboration with Kyiv illustrator Magistr Magii.
Get ready to dance and lose yourself into the roots of Ukrainian folklore rhythms!
A Liveurope event:
The first pan-European initiative supporting concert venues in their efforts to promote emerging European music.
Europe Day is also made possible thanks to the Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission.