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Kalush Orchestra: “It’s amazing that we can perform our music at Glastonbury”

Kalush Orchestra spoke to NME ahead of their first-ever live appearance in the UK at Glastonbury 2022 last night (June 24) – you can watch our interview with frontman Oleh Psiuk above and see footage from the show below.The Ukrainian band, who were crowned champions of Eurovision earlier this year, played an hour-long set after midnight to a packed-out crowd on Shangri-La’s Truth Stage.Kalush Orchestra’s 13-song set included two renditions of their Eurovision-winning track ‘Stefania’, as well as a dozen other songs that, according to the band’s team, were written in the space of just 10 days.“Just imagine it’s the last party of your life,” Psiuk poignantly told the crowd mid-set ahead of performing the track ‘Love Train’.Speaking to NME ahead of their set, Psiuk said that he and Kalush Orchestra were honoured to be invited to Glastonbury: “We are lucky that we are here, so we’ve tried to prepare for our performance [at Glastonbury].
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