Ural Music Night festival is one the largest, fast growing festivals in Russia and is held annually in Yekaterinburg. The festival is just one night long and features a wide range of both local and international artists, from classical to jazz, rock and punk. Over the past five years, the event has expanded hugely, with its audience increasing from 70,000 to 200,000 people.
The city comes alive on the night of the festival, with musicians performing across 100 different stages throughout the center of Yekaterinburg, from outdoor venues such as parks, rooftops and parking lots to indoor theatres, galleries restaurants and schools. This year, guests will have the opportunity to see more than 2,500 musicians performing at over 75 different music venues. Music from 15 of these stages will be broadcast live – you can tune in for free, wherever in the world you may be.
For the first time ever, the festival has invited musicians from the United Kingdom to perform. Featured acts included Birmingham’s rising stars, ‘Riscas’, ‘The Assist’ as well as indie rock band, ‘The Twang’.
The performances were part of the UK-Russia Year of Music 2019 and is supported through the Grant scheme for Russian organisations.
Forming less than a year ago after first meeting at an Access To Music college course in Birmingham, Riscas – comprised of vocalist and bassist George Maycock, guitarists Tom Barker and Eph Dodd and completed by drummer Dan Parrot – have quickly marked themselves out as a live band to keep an eye on. In 2017 they have headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Lakefest and played the Big Top stage at Wychwood Festival via BBC Introducing, as well as being on the final BBC Introducing shortlist for Glastonbury. The band have also sold out Birmingham venues The Rainbow and The Sunflower Lounge and have supported the likes of Childhood, Pale Waves, Airways, Clay, High Tyde and The Night Café.
Since gaining international attention following their being announced as BBC Radio 1’s BBC Introducing Artist of the Week for March 2017, their debut single ‘Panic Like Tom’ has charted at no. 4 on Spotify’s Viral Tracks in the UK, amassed over 1,000,000 streams across their debut and second single ‘Talk Your Mind’ with monthly listeners averaging between 70,000 – 85,000 (the majority of traffic being from London, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore and Chicago).
Riscas go into 2018 announcing a mini UK tour in January covering Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Coventry & London before embarking on another exciting journey for this year. Following a run of recent sell out shows across the UK and backed by the likes of Radio 1, Spotify & more, Riscas are definitely ones to keep an eye on for 2018.
The Assist are a 4 piece indie/alternative band from Walsall. The lads have a huge passion for real music, and their honest, hard hitting lyrics speak for themselves. It’s music that anyone can identify with from sing along anthems to infectious guitar riffs.
The band has achieved relative success in such a short time, their debut single was released October 2014 and broke into the Itunes alternative album chart peaking at #116. They’ve performed headline gigs at 02 Academy’s in Birmingham and Manchester, as well as support slots with Happy Mondays, Reverend and the Makers and also legendary bass player of The Jam, Bruce Foxton.
A recent highlight for the band was playing Blackpool Rocks Festival sharing the stage with The 1975, Disclosure and Swim Deep.