Ukraine's biggest rock band play Brighton Centre

Ukraine's biggest rock band Okean Elzy are headlining The Brighton Centre on April 27.
Okean Elzy (pic by Maksym Getman)Okean Elzy (pic by Maksym Getman)
Okean Elzy (pic by Maksym Getman)

Spokesman James Wallace said: “The band, whose name translates to Elza’s Ocean, have become one of Ukraine’s biggest musical success stories over decades following the releases of their rock anthems На небі (Na Nebi) and Без бою (Bez boyu). Now, they are gearing up to release their first album entirely in English, with more details to be announced soon. For over 25 years, Okean Elzy has been a beacon of hope and inspiration in Ukraine, spreading their message of resilience and unity through their music. Lead singer Sviastoslav Vakarchuk aka Slava has been at the forefront of this movement, using his platform to advocate for peace and solidarity in the face of adversity.

“On their yet-to-be-announced upcoming album, Okean Elzy aims to introduce their Ukrainian culture to audiences around the world. Their decision to release an English-language album comes at a crucial time as the ongoing war in Ukraine underscores the importance of international solidarity and understanding.”

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First comes a single, as Slava explains: “Voices Are Rising is a song about energy. Everyone has an enormous amount of energy inside. The challenge is to be able to use this energy for the benefit of good things. It is an important skill I like to use every time I face difficulties. A very necessary song for me and millions of people in these turbulent times. Starting off with soft, melodic verses, the song quickly unfolds into an anthemic chorus.”​

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