There’s so much more to say after two amazing weeks of music and friendship in Kyiv, but one of the things that struck me was how ‘listen outsidey’ the show was this year. All our non-English language songs qualifying for the Grand Final, our amazing winners Salvador Sobral and Luisa Sobral (we should start giving more credit to the songwriters!) and the edgy and uniquely Ukrainian interval acts from Ruslana, Jamala and Onuka. I’ll be going into the different aspects of the contest that gave it such a cool new flavour over the coming weeks, which I hope will help us all stave off PED together.
Back to Onuka: the version of VIDLIK performed with the NAONI orchestra prompted a rave in the Press Room on Grand Final night, and it’s been running around in my head ever since.
It’s going to be a great summer of music. Keep Listening Outside.