Glastonbury Festival 2022: Ukrainian Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra will perform this week | Ents & Arts News

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Kalush Orchestra, which won Eurovision this year for Ukraine, will perform at the Glastonbury Festival this week.

The group won with their catchy song Stefania at the annual Turin singing competition last month.

Now, they will take to the Shangri-La Truth Stage on Friday to share their brand of “Ukrainian folk music, rap and hip hop.”

Formed in 2019, Kalush Orchestra is made up of founder and rapper Oleh Psiuk, multi-instrumentalist Ihor Didenchuk and dancer Vlad Kurochka.

Frontman Psiuk said: “We are delighted to be performing at Glastonbury Festival alongside some of the biggest names in music from around the world.

“It’s the perfect location for our very first UK 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 British people, both for us and for our country, and we are preparing a very special Ukrainian surprise for Glastonbury fans.

“What is it? You’ll see soon. See you soon.”

Their performance at Worthy Farm will mark their very first in the UK, and the band became global stars after their Eurovision win with Stefania, which was dedicated to Psiuk’s mother.

Since their victory, the group has been spending time in Ukraine and abroad in Germany promoting the release of Stefania’s music video.

They too auctioned the glass microphone trophy they won at Eurovision to raise funds for the Ukrainian army.

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Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra celebrates after winning the Eurovision Song Contest
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Kalush Orchestra was fighting as part of the Ukrainian resistance just weeks before Eurovision and received support from all over Europe.

They beat UK entry Sam Ryder, who came second, and last week it was revealed that the BBC were in talks with the European Broadcasting Union over hosting Eurovision, after the the body decided it could not move forward in war-torn Ukraine next year in the tradition of the winning host country.

A number of other Ukrainian artists will perform at Glastonbury amid the Russian invasion of their country, with folk quartet from Kyiv DakhaBrakha performing on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday afternoon.

Go-A will open the John Peel Stage on Saturday with a performance of electronic folk music and haunting vocal melodies.

The band, which formed in 2012, represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 with their dance track Shum, which came fifth, and band member Ihor Didenchuk is also a member of the Kalush Orchestra.

Glastonbury 2022 runs from June 22-26 and the tickets are sold.

Kalush Orchestra will join a star-studded line-up including Pyramid Stage headliners Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar.

There will be over 80 artists performing, with other big names including American pop star Olivia Rodrigo, Lorde and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

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