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The organizers of ZaxidFest have already announced the dates of the 2018 jubilee - the tenth festival - and boasted that the first batch of the cheapest tickets was sold, despite the absence of the declared artists. Our editorial team went to ZaxidFest-2017 and tried to figure out the reasons of such success of the big music party, which every year in late August takes place near Lviv, and why it cannot be missed next summer.
ZaxidFest - one of the few genre festivals in Ukraine
Most of the music festivals in our country look like a hodgepodge of different genres and styles of music. Yes, it is profitable, because it attracts more people. But at the same time, the atmosphere and spirit of the event suffer. ZaxidFest began with about the same positions - organizers just invited a number of young Ukrainian artists to Lviv - before it became mainstream, by the way. A few years later, top European and world rock music artists began to be invited to the festival and take risks with heavier styles. As a result, the Lviv team got what after a series of attempts they could not achieve in Kyiv: they organized a large and successful rock festival. Interestingly, the biggest single jazz festival without curtsey towards more popular styles also turned out to be in Lviv. Is it a coincidence?
People joke about Ukrainian music festivals: they say, the same composition of artists from year to year travels around Ukraine. Only the venue, the poster and the name change. To some extent, this also applies to ZaxidFest. But only in part. Yes, about half of the line-up is the same as in last year's list, but at the same time the organizers brought five bands at once (and this is every tenth participant), who had never visited our country before. Among those who came to Ukraine to participate in ZaxidFest for the first time, were the Editors at the peak of their popularity. Americans Breaking Benjamin could become the sixth band, but they got sick. It’s a pity, because we could have fun.
Either the fresh Carpathian air is so effective for those who come to Rodatychi, or a large number of non-Kyivans who are not spoiled by frequent concerts, but the audience of ZaxidFest behaves very actively and benevolently towards the artists. There are no sluggish viewers, except perhaps tired or slightly drunk. The answer is the reaction of artists. The Pain or In Extremo, which performed in Ukraine not for the first time, showed a greater emotional return than in Kyiv, the frontman of Being as an Ocean Joel Quartuccio spent almost half of his set in the crowd (without guards!), and many played on the rock-stage then went out to chat and be photographed with the fans directly. So all those who want a closer contact with the artists and the maximum return from them should visit the festival in Lviv in August.
Due to the fact that ZaxidFest takes place several tens of kilometers from Lviv and provides a large area of the picturesque shady forest and the tent towns (paid and free), a significant part of its guests become close neighbors for a while. With all the ensuing consequences - dating, close communication and even love stories of varying degrees of duration. Embrace with a bunch of strangers or consistently "give five" to all passing by – it’s the ordinary thing here. As well as to search on social networks after the festival someone who suddenly got into the frame while you were being photographed.
Since ZaxidFest is growing every year (the festival team modestly does not disclose the number of visitors, but it is visible to the naked eye), some mistakes in the organization are simply unavoidable. For example, last year by the third day it became clear that the number of biotoilets does not cope with the influx of users. This year this defect has been corrected. The same goes for catering. Perhaps ZaxidFest was not turned into a street food festival, like almost every major Kyiv event, but nobody was hungry. And the prices pleased the visitors.
In general, whatever one may say, if you want to keep abreast of the biggest and most important music events in Ukraine, ZaxidFest simply has to be in your schedule for the next year. So write down: August 24-26, Lviv region, Rodatychi village. And see you next summer!