NUR-SULTAN – Established and emerging Kazakh musicians, street dancers and food trucks will be part of the You music festival, which launches June 22 in Nur-Sultan.
The festival line-up includes the Moldanazar indie band, NINETY ONE Q-pop (Qazaq-pop) band, Ghetto Dogs, Captown, Chromosomes and Da Gudda Jazz rap bands, indie musicians Ainur Niyazova, Ziruza and SMP, Eva Pavlova (Ukraine), rap artists Tweezy, AlvinToday, Capitall, Qontrast and MC Pryanik, electronic band Planettu, Drumattack drums band and Kot Balu rap artist and poet. Organisers consider the festival to be unique in that it allows new and established artists to perform together.
YouTube and Instagram creators Zheka, Irina Kairatovna and Jokeasses will also appear at the festival, either as hosts or performers at the event.
The festival will also include a public street dancing competition. The competition will be judged by Kila Kolya, Bauka, Black Dust (Hip-Hop), Dinara Dabylova, Eleonora Volturi (Vogue), Sunny Karma (Dance Hall, Vogue, Cramp), Nazya (Popping), DJ Ali Jazz and MC Fix (all styles). The sixteen best dancers will be selected from the public and compete for the best dancer title in an all styles dance battle. A public rap battle among the festival guests will also be featured.
The festival will also feature a sneaker lottery. To enter the drawing for sneakers, festival attendees are to bring an old pair of sneakers with them and dispose of them at the festival.
Food will be provided by food trucks. The festival will also feature eco-friendly and health-promoting events, such as the distribution of free apples to smokers vowing to quit smoking.
The time of the festival will be announced on the festival Instagram account @youfest_kz. The event will be free and take place at the Kazakh Sun monument at the city’s central park entrance on Turan avenue. The You music festival is organised by the Department of Culture and Sport of Nur-Sultan.