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Arena Market: Ukraine

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“Despite the current circumstances and total stop in cultural life in Ukraine, we will thrive,” Alona Dmukhovska of Music Export Ukraine told IQ magazine in April 2022, just months after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the country.

Support for the nation and its live music business has come from around the world, as promoters and festivals organise fundraisers, venues such as London’s The O2 sell Ukrainian lager to support humanitarian efforts, and bookers seek to support musicians by offering slots on their bills. When the war ends, it’s hard to know how quickly touring will return to the country – much will depend on the infrastructure, security and economic situations.

However, in peace time, the key arena level venue in Ukraine was the 10,000-capacity Palace of Sports in Kiev. Past acts include Twenty One Pilots, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Scorpions, and Depeche Mode. The 1960s-built venue underwent significant renovation in 2010.

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