V-ROX EXPO is an open culture festival taking place in Vladivostok from 21–23 June. The event will continue the history of the V-ROX festival which ran in the city from 2013 to 2017.
For music fans, the main attraction at V-ROX EXPO will be Mumiy Troll Music Bar. Dozens of gigs will take place over the three days, featuring international bands and DJs, namely Lucidvox and Solbychegodsk from Russia and Declan Welsh and the Decaden West from Glasgow. Continuing the theme of cultural collaboration between Russia and the UK, British-born music producer David Pichilingi will take part in the festival’s lecture program. Throughout his career, Pichilingi has worked with New Order, Happy Mondays, The Farm and in 2008 founded Liverpool Sound City festival – arguably one of the most important music events and business conferences in the UK today.
Ilya Lagutenko, soloist from legendary rock band ‘Mumiy Troll’, is the curator for this new edition of the event.
The concert is part of the UK-Russia YEar of Music and is supported through the Grant scheme for Russian organisations.
Declan Welsh & The Decadent West
Declan Welsh is a songwriter and poet from Glasgow. With his band, The Decadent West, they create music that is unapologetic, direct and with a message of humanity.
Declan has taken the role of Glasgow’s town crier in recent years. Showing solidarity with the left of the city, and printing his poetry work in homemade booklets for people to own, he has become something of a favourite amongst not only his peers, but also the people of Glasgow.
Declan Welsh has finished his debut album, and it is now primed for release in Autumn 2019. With Steve Zapp at ITB on board, and the band having already played slew of dates across Europe and the UK including some sold out shows in Scotland, this is one of the most exciting musical prospects coming out of Scotland at the moment.
They’ve already had strong support from Steve Lamacq at BBC 6 Music, John Kennedy at Radio X, whilst also gaining support Stateside from KEXP Seattle, alongside support from Spotify with features in Running UK, and Scotify still present to this day.