Registration for APPS Music & SZIGET: Awards now open – the winner will perform on a European stage!


New Products Group and the APPS brand are giving a new start to the already popular indie music awards – this year, in collaboration with Sziget Festival.

APPS Music & SZIGET: Awards will harvest a fresh crop of Ukrainian indie music from the start of 2018 in the electronic and rock genres. A win will present a chance for talented Ukrainian artists to make themselves known not only in Ukraine, but also at one of the largest and most popular European festivals – Sziget Festival 2018.

The competition for a cash prize (with the prize fund of 35 000 UAH) and a slot at the Europe Stage of the Sziget Festival will be held in two categories: “Europe” for artists who are already established, and “Young” for those who are just starting out. Choosing the ripest fruit – winners we can be proud of – will be music lovers, prominent producers, promoters and music experts.

Registration for participation has already opened on the website: and will last until April 8, 2018.

Since April 12, the audience, and then the most prominent representatives of the country’s music industry, will be voting for the best of the best. Voting will end with compiling a short-list of the candidates on May 3, while the finale and the awards ceremony will be held in Kyiv on May 26.

Sziget Festival Ukraine and APPS Music: “We came together to determine the very best. We will find the juiciest musical cider in Ukraine today and find them an audience. The award here is a chance for talented and ambitious people to make a tangible step forward in their career”.

Selection of Ukrainian bands for the Sziget stage has already been held twice in Ukraine: in 2015, Onuka won the competition, and Atomic Simao won in 2017. This is the “Best Big Festival in Europe” and “Festival with the Best Line-up”, according to the European Festival Awards, fans, and artists from all over the world. It takes place annually at the height of summer on the Island of Freedom in the center of Budapest, and gathers around half a million music fans from about a hundred countries in the world.

The indie music awards APPS Music has already explored Ukrainian independent music of the previous year – the awards were given to Indytronics (nomination “Breakthrough of the Year”) and Be My Guest (nominations for “Video of the Year” and “Song of the Year”). Thanks to the collaboration between APPS Music and Sziget, Ukrainian artists who will win this year will be able to showcase their talent at one of the largest music and arts festivals.