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Ukrainian song festival act Go_A at the King’s Night festival in The Hague

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The Ukrainian band Go_A, which came fifth in the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam last year with the song SHUM, will open the free music festival The Life I Live in The Hague on 26 April. The male band members were actually not allowed to leave the country due to military service, but they now have permission from the Ministry of Culture in Ukraine to come to the Netherlands.

The ministry thinks that permission is worth it, because the band can draw attention to the situation in their home country with performances, a spokesperson for the festival said. The singer of Go_A, Katerina Pavlenko, is already in Italy for performances. The men of the band still have to cross the border to Poland, where they can catch a flight to the Netherlands.

The performance in The Hague has a symbolic meaning for the band. “It is the city of peace and justice, the city where the International Court of Justice is located. This makes this place extra important to them,” said the festival spokesperson. “They really come here to make their voices heard and draw attention to peace.”

Spread over eight stages, the festival in the city center of The Hague will host a total of forty acts, including Jungle by Night, The Cool Quest, The Skatalites and Three Little Clouds. The name of the event, The Life I Live, is taken from the song of the same name by Q65, the band from The Hague that was popular in the 1960s. The first edition was in 2011.

Go_A also gives other concerts in the Netherlands. For example, the band will perform on May 5 during the Liberation Festival in Groningen, a few club shows are planned and the band will come to Lowlands in August.



Ukrainian song festival act Go_A at the King’s Night festival in The Hague
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