Friday 12 February 2021 -
19:00 to 19:30

Selector Live Presents: Sinead O’Brien performs exclusively at the Selector PRO forum 

The past year was a serious challenge to many industries, including the music sector. Responding to the challenges of the pandemic, the British Council, together with Music Export Ukraine, is launching an online edition of the international music industry forum Selector PRO.

Live performances of emerging British artists have always been an integral part of the forum which stayed true to its tradition even under the new circumstances. Our concert series Selector Live, with the support of the VA concert agency, presents Sinead O’Brien broadcasting from the UK.  

The show will stream on 12 February, 19.00 (Kyiv time) on this website page and on the British Council Facebook page. Join our Facebook event to stay in touch and get a reminder.

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Sinead O’Brien is a multifaceted artist whose lyrics are filled with her own observations and inspired by the realism of Mark E. Smith of The Fall, Patti Smith and The Slits, as well as authors such as Frank O’Hara, W.B. Yeats, and Albert Camus. Releases to date have drawn admiration from media outlets like The Guardian, Loud And Quiet, The Quietus, Stereogum, BBC Radio 1, and BBC Radio 6 Music. O’Brien’s writing has also been published by the esteemed London Magazine whose alumni include T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath and William Burroughs. 

“The brilliant Irish poet continues the punk Sprechgesang revival, issuing mysterious declamations over seething post-punk that is always threatening to boil over.” – The Guardian 

Starting out reciting poetry to the accompaniment of a guitar, like Patti Smith did, O’Brien perfected her feel for poetry. Over time, she developed her own unique blend of spoken lyrics and art rock, while her transfixing live sets have won her a deserved reputation as one of the most thrilling performers in the capital and beyond. Get to know Sinead through her Drowning in Blessings EP released in September 2020.  

Selector Live is a concert series brought to life by the British Council in support of the Selector Radio, a radio show about new British music. As part of the series, artists like The Comet Is Coming, Shame, Circa Waves, Young Fathers, Max Cooper, Ghostpoet, Slaves та Everything Everything performed in Kyiv.  

Selector Radio celebrates its 20th anniversary! For 20 years, Selector has provided a golden opportunity for emerging UK musicians to connect with music fans around the globe. We now broadcast in over 35 countries – from Cuba to Ukraine and Argentina to China – with a weekly listenership of 4 million. Thanks to its partners at Prosto Radio (2010-2015), Tysa FM (2010-2019), Radio Aristocrats (2014-2019), and Radio Promin (2019-today) the Ukrainian edition of Selector has been on air for 11 years.  

The VA concerts music agency was founded in 2016 to present alternative music genres and artists from all over the world in Ukraine. Its mission – development of music tastes of the Ukrainian audience and helping it gain new cultural experiences through organising high-quality music events, discovering and support of new talents in the music sector. The VA concerts agency promotes not only the music but the ideas of anti-discrimination, anti-fascist, and humanity.