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Jazz, Rock, Metal: Summer Music Festivals in Ukraine

29. May 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

Which kinds of music do you like? Jazz? Electronic? Heavy Metal? Rock? No matter which you choose, a summer vacation to Ukraine wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of the many music festivals. The weather is perfect for outdoor concerts and they are always filled with gorgeous dancing Ukrainian girls


Here's a list of the Kyiv Post's picks for the top 8 summer concerts to see.


June 1-3, Alfa Jazz, Lviv

  • Lineup: Kenny Garrett Quintet, Richard Bona, Mansound, Pikkardiyska Tertsiya, Scott Henderson Trio, Gino Vannelli, Cassandra Wilson and others
  • www.en.alfajazzfest.com

June 12, Prosto Rock, Odessa

  • Lineup: Linkin Park, Garbage, Bumbox 

June 28-July 1, Trypilske Kolo (ethnic, pagan), Rzhyschev, Kyiv region

  • Lineup: Atmasfera, Osimira, Illaria, Kozak System Haydamaky, Krunk, Art Moldova and others
  • www.tkfest.com 

June 29-July 1, The Best City.UA (rock), Dnipropetrovsk

  • Lineup: Evanescence, White Lies, The Rasmus, Shifty’s Crazy Town, Joachim Garraud, Apollo 440, Brainstorm, DDT, Bumbox, Voply Vidopliasova and others 
  • www.thebestcity.ua 
  • Novoselitsa Park, 12 kilometers from Dnipropetrovsk 
  • Big screen on the festival grounds that will broadcast the final game of Euro 2012 football championship 

July 12-16, Artpole (ethnic rock), Unizh, Ivano-Frankivsk region

  • Lineup: Transglobal Underground, Mitch & Mitch, Volosi, Jaakkoo Laitinen & Väärä Raha, Airtist, Portmone, DahaBraha, Perkalaba and others 
  • www.artpolefest.org 
  • Apart from music, it will feature elements of theater. Also, famous Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan is preparing a performance. 

August 2-4, Metal Heads Mission (heavy metal), Yevpatoria, Crimea

  • Lineup: Gorguts, Nile, Deranged, Cenotaph, Datura, Dead Shape Figures and others 
  • www.mhm-fest.com/en 
  • The most popular heavy metal festival in Ukraine and one of the most prominent ones in the former Soviet countries, Metal Heads Mission is held at the entertainment base called Solnyshko, a diminutive childish name for "sun", just nine kilometers away from Yevpatoria. 


August 8-11, Kazantip (electronic), Popovka, Crimea

  • Lineup: to be announced
  • www.kazantip-republic.com 
  • Kazantip Republic, or Republic Z, has become the biggest post-Soviet electronic music festival.
  • The festival’s symbol is a yellow retro-style suitcase. If you register your suitcase in advance, you will get free entrance to the festival grounds. 

August 29-September 2, Jazz Koktebel, Koktebel, Crimea

  • Lineup: the be announced
  • www.koktebel.info 
  • Located near Feodosiya in eastern Crimea, the small town of Koktebel has become the summer jazz capital of Ukraine. 
Are you traveling to Ukraine this summer? Ask your favorite Russian brides which music they like best and plan some fun dates at summer music festivals!