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About the programme

EXTRA SOUND is a programme developed by the Ukrainian Institute, representing Ukrainian musicians at key events in the international music industry

Extra Sound 2022

As part of the Extra Sound Ukrainian Institute programme, Ukrainian musical bands or performers represented the country at the festivals:

Reeperbahn Festival 2022

Four Ukrainian bands performув at one of the most influential European music showcases, Reeperbahn Festival, who were chosen by the festival based on a survey by the Ukrainian Institute of musicians living abroad.

Love’n’Joy is a trio from Kyiv that plays in the psychedelic rock style. Founded in 2016, this collective is one of the most successful Ukrainian concert bands in the world, playing hundreds of concerts throughout Europe every year. Taking influences from the golden age of the 60s and 70s, British pop and trippy fichodelia, their music is seen as a journey into the “tribal collective unconscious” with lots of guitars and hard rock.

Junket is an improvisational trio from Kyiv that combines saxophone, flute and vocals with electronic beats in their sound. The band was founded by members of the bands Atomic Simao and Point 2. The trio plays in genres such as break-beat, funk, electro dub, minimal house and dnb, but a notable feature of the musicians is that they do not play pre-prepared compositions but create music directly in front of the listener.

Krapka;KOMA is an electronic female band from Lviv. Ira Lobanok and Alyona Kovalenko together produce and perform music on various instruments, creating a unique combination of trip-hop, new jazz, indie electronica and soul.

Tonka is a musical project founded in Kyiv in 2018 by singer Olena Karas and music producer Yaroslav Tatarchenko, who were later joined by drummer Denys Shvets. The progressive electronic indie pop band skillfully combines a fresh modern sound, non-trivial experiments, and catchy Ukrainian-language lyrics.

Waves Vienna 2022 

In 2022, Ukraine was represented at the Waves Vienna International Festival by three bands:  

Ragapop is a side project of Ruslana Khazipova and Anna Nikitina of Dakh Daughters, in collaboration with Anton Ocheretyanyy. The idea behind the band was to combine the things each member loves in a mixture of performing art and music, which gravitates toward post-punk aesthetics as well as towards some lo-fi electronics. The first EP Siasya is a tribute to the famous 19th century Ukrainian poet Ivan Franko. It’s based on his not so well known lyrics and brilliant translation of Oedipus the King by Sophocles. 

Kurs Valüt is an electro duo from Dnipro founded in 2017 to make Minimal Wave in Ukraine great again. It has two unchangeable members: Yevhen Hordeev and Yevhen Kasian. Their music is created first and foremost for live performances. They also have a lot of references to the most popular Ukrainian cultural topics, stereotypes and memes found ionsocial media. The band’s discography includes two LPs: ‘Veselo’ (2018) and ‘Kurs Valüt’ (2021). They had a sold-out concert in Kyiv in the summer of 2021, along with regular appearances at the biggest electronic parties and festivals in Ukraine. 

Disappeared Completely is an indie-pop trio from Kyiv, established by a few university friends in 2016. The band had their big release ‘Sea of Fallen Nests’ LP in 2017, which was highly praised by music critics and fans, and got Disappeared Completely features in several major publications like Rolling Stone and Men’s Health. For their album “Contradictions” they were nominated for an Aprize Music Award from Radio Aristocrats 

The current representatives from Ukraine will go to the festival thanks to a fundraising campaign organized by the Waves Vienna team. Through the efforts of our partners and everyone who cares, we were able to raise an amount of money that completely covers all the expenses of the Ukrainian musicians.   

The Great Escape 2022

Ukrainian band Krapka;KOMA performed at The Great Escape 2022.

The festival team chose the band Krapka;KOMA from the music catalogue created by the Ukrainian Institute to present Ukrainian performers abroad.

Krapka;KOMA is an all-female electronic band from Lviv. Ira Lobanok and Aliona Kovalenko together produce and perform music on various instruments, creating a unique combination of trip-hop, nu-jazz, indie electronics, and soul. The band will perform on May 12th at the Zahara Club in Brighton, UK as part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture.

Due to the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the musicians are forced to volunteer and help temporarily displaced persons, but plan to perform abroad to support Ukrainian culture and the music scene to the fullest during these terrible times for our country. EXTRA SOUND programme partners-festivals support Ukraine during the war and do everything possible to ensure that Ukrainian musicians continue to pursue their vocation and represent the country in the world. We are grateful to the people of the United Kingdom for their extraordinary support and assistance.

Open call 2022

Acceptance of applications for open selection for participation in the Waves Festival 2022 starts on June 6, 2022 and will last until June 29, 2022. Public announcement of the results of the open selection takes place on the official website and social media pages of the Ukrainian Institute no later than July 15, 2022. 

After the deadline for submission of applications, the responsible person from the Ukrainian Institute submits the completed applications for evaluation to the Waves Vienna programme team. 

Citizens of Ukraine of three categories have the right to apply for the open selection of the Ukrainian Institute for participation in the event “Representation of modern Ukrainian musicians at the international music festival Waves Vienna 2022”:  

  • musical performers;   
  • representatives of musical bands;    
  • music managers.  

The application can be submitted both from an individual and from a legal entity representing the interests of specific individuals, which is confirmed by the relevant written documents (agreements-assignments, cooperation agreements or other agreements, etc.). 

  • the activities and position of the applicants do not contradict the principles and values of the Ukrainian Institute;   
  • all band members/performers are of legal age;   
  • all band members/performers have Ukrainian citizenship and live in Ukraine. 
  • English proficiency at level B2 or higher; 
  • have proven musical experience; 
  • provided a scanned copy of the passport and certificate (App 2);   
  • confirm readiness for public communication and presentation of their practices with participation in the event.   

In addition, the bands/performers can only take part in the selection if they have a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved in Austria. 

Applications that do not pass the technical selection do not get to the next selection stage. Evaluation of applications according to technical criteria is carried out by a specialist in the programme department of the Ukrainian Institute. 

Applications meeting the technical criteria will be evaluated against the following qualifying criteria:  

  • Applicant has had at least one foreign concert in the last 3 years.   
  • Applicant had a contract with a foreign or Ukrainian music label.   
  • Applicant had at least 2 publications in foreign media over the past 2 years.   
  • Applicant has a professional team in the domestic market (manager/agent/booking manager). 
  • Applicant has a professional team with international contacts.   

Applications that meet at least two of the five qualification criteria will be submitted to the Waves Vienna programme team for selection of festival participants. Compliance with the qualification criteria is assessed by a specialist in the programme department of the Ukrainian Institute together with the showcase partner – Music Export Ukraine. 

Music performers and specialists in the music sector who publicly support or have supported the following are not allowed to participate in the selection: 

  • in 2014 the temporary occupation of the Crimean peninsula and part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in 2022 or violated the Procedure for entry into and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated June 4, 2015 No. 367 
  • in 2022, a full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine 

In case of unreliability of information or if information about the connections of a person participating in the selection with the aggressor state of the Russian Federation and / or the Republic of Belarus becomes known to the representatives of the Ukrainian Institute at the stage of the selection after admission to consideration of such an application or after the announcement of its results, the Ukrainian Institute reserves the right to decide on the revision of the results of the  selection. 

The Ukrainian Institute reserves the right to request additional documents or clarifying information about the application.  

The evaluation of the application takes place in two stages: on compliance with technical requirements and on quality. 

Until the deadline for submitting applications for open selection for participation in the Waves Vienna festival (until June 29, 2022 inclusive), the responsible person from the Ukrainian Institute processes and structures all received applications to prepare a list of applicants. 

Applications that have passed the test for compliance with technical requirements are sent by the Ukrainian Institute to the programme team of the Waves Vienna festival no later than June 30, 2022. 

The Waves Vienna programme team independently, in accordance with its own methodology and evaluation criteria, evaluates applications for their quality