Kalush Orchestra makes Glastonbury and UK debuts – Up News Info

Kalush Orchestra made their Glastonbury and UK debut on Friday (24.06.22).

The winners of the 2022 ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ performed on Shangri-La’s Truth Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, south-west England, for what marked the first-ever concert of the Ukrainian folk rap outfit on British soil.

Led by Oleh Psiuk, their performance was a hit with the 3,000 spectators, despite having only one song, Eurovision-winning “Stephania”, known worldwide.

Kalush wrote 12 new tracks in just 10 days before their Glasto show so they had a setlist, and played “Stephania” again at the end.

They rapped and sang extensively in Ukrainian with a translator on stage.

Oleh joked, “Who doesn’t know the Ukrainian language? Oh my God…”

At one point, the bucket hat-wearing rapper made an emotional statement amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

He told Glasto fans, “Imagine it’s the last party of your life.”

Speaking about playing the legendary festival, Oleh said: “We are delighted to be playing Glastonbury Festival alongside some of the biggest names in music from around the world. It’s the perfect venue for our first ever UK performance and we hope will be the start of many in the UK. We are very grateful for all the support we receive from the British people, both for us and for our country, and we are preparing a very special Ukrainian surprise for the Glastonbury fans. you’ll see soon. See you there.

Meanwhile, the UK is likely to host next year’s ‘Eurovision’ amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said in a statement: “Following its victory in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in May, the EBU explored options for hosting the contest of the year next with Ukrainian public broadcaster UA:PBC, which previously organized the event in 2017 and 2005.

“It has become a well-known tradition that the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest hosts the competition the following year, providing certain criteria, including ensuring that the viability of hosting the event and the security of all stakeholders, including the public, are respected.

“Given the ongoing war since the Russian invasion of the winning country this year, the EBU took the time to conduct a comprehensive assessment and feasibility study with UA:PBC and third-party specialists, including on issues of safety and security.

“The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most complex television productions in the world with thousands of people working and participating in the event and 12 months of preparation time required.

“Following an objective analysis, the reference group, the ESC Board of Directors, has concluded with deep regret that, given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster hosting, organizing and producing the Eurovision Song Contest under ESC rules cannot be fulfilled by UA:PBC.”

Because Sam Ryder came second to Kalush Orchestra in last month’s competition, organizers now plan to liaise with the BBC about the possibility of holding the competition in the UK instead.