28 - 30 June 2019, Lake Issyk-Kul South Shore, Kyrgyz RepublicBuy Ticket
Kөl Fest is Central Asia’s first Global Music and Arts festival, bringing together people, music and creative arts from Central Asia and beyond. The theme of the Festival is “INTERACTION & DIVERSITY”. Together we will celebrate diversity as well as global and local Kyrgyz culture through music, performance, arts, installations and interactions.
The festival site offers stunning views, is surrounded by numerous yurt camps and is conveniently located near the district centre, offering all essential amenities. The line-up includes shows from European and Central Asian DJs and live bands playing tunes from across the globe (from Electro to Indie to Latin American to Reggae…), yoga, dance and other workshops, family friendly activities as well as master classes by local residents.
Saltanat Ashirova and her band are conservatory graduates and teachers. She is a well-known singer and vocal coach in Kyrgyzstan, covering different styles and genres including pop and rock.
From his first performances as a busker in Liverpool, London, Italy, through South America and California, The Lone John Harps has been on a trip around the world for quite some time. He draws on diverse influences to attempt a new, ambitious and fresh take on the mythical figure of the troubadour singer in a 21st century context and offers a new kind of universal Folk music.
Begish and Bayastan are the #1 rappers in Kyrgyzstan these days. In 2015 they released their first full album in Kyrgyz - “Zamanbap” - which started the movement of rap in the Kyrgyz language.
Steppefish is a Kazakh Indie band from Karaganda with electronic music influences. They have performed at a number of festivals, including "Nomad Vibes".
Alina is Kyrgyzstans first female Beatboxer, watch out for her wicked skills.
Frunze Streets is a Eurasia-based band composed of multicultural and multi-national members brought together by their passion for music
One of the brightest new acts on the Kazakh indie scene right now, Aigül writes all of her songs and produces some of them herself. Being a bilingual artist, Aigül speaks to a variety of audiences and balances her work both in Kazakh and English. Her sound delivers melodic romanticism that still comes with a catchy beat, while her soothing mellow voice sets the tone for dreamy relaxation.
Israel / Uzbekistan
Electronic, Indie, Power pop
The electronic collaboration of the vocalist, musician and songwriter Owliria from Israel and the rock and roll guys from the famous in Uzbekistan group Monno.
They refuse to tell about their music, preferring to play it. At this time, the team is working on their first studio album, where the co-producer is Edward Moodwayne (England / India), and London sound engineer Arthur Indrikovs is in charge of the sound.
singer/songwriter and SANSHIN player
Kochi is originally from Okinawa, Japan. He is a professional singer/songwriter and SANSHIN player (SANSHIN is a traditional instrument from Okinawa). His musical style fascinates a wide range of people from children to elderly not only in Japan but across the world.
In 2004 he had his debut with Nihon Crown Record. He is currently Ambassador of Ogimi Village of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, and he has played across the USA, South American and elsewhere
The band is formed specially for the Kol Fest in 2019. The Japan- Kyrgyz band plays Japanese pops, including Japanese anime songs which are now popular culture in Japan and abroad. As the band consists of mixed people from Kyrgyzstan and Japan, they will create interesting sounds and harmony with the the chemical reaction and combination of multinational and multicultural members.
Germany, Minimal techno
Fritsch is an Electronic Music DJ from Germany, and he plays experimental, progressive and contemporary Electro, including his own productions.
Dmitrii Savelove is one of the leading Electronic Music DJs from Kyrgyzstan. He is one of the organisers of the regular EMM party series in Bishkek, and is well respected amongst the local scene.
Germany, Reggae, Latin, Afrobeats
DJ Dawee from the Berlin-based Sound With Soul is a Reggae, Dancehall, Afrobeats and Reggaeton DJ who has toured the world extensively over the last 15 years.
Rooted in classical music, learning percussion throughout his childhood, Lärm vom Feinsten had an early introduction to music. Later realising his passion for electronic music he started to build up the club "So&So" in Leipzig, which is well known internationally. With a mix of house and techhouse he heats up the dancefloor
DJ PJ is based in London and plays all sorts of Afrobeats from West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana etc), Southern Africa as well as other parts of the continent. Niceness guaranteed!
Taras Piz is a well-known Bishkek-based DJ playing Funk, Disco and more. Fun times guaranteed!
DJ KUBOTA started his engagement in the underground party scene when he was in late teens and was strongly influenced by the Chicago and New York house scenes of the 1980s and 1990s. In 2000, he made a debut as DJ and started involved in various parties and clubs in Tokyo. He also started his play as DJ at a popular club called "AIR", in Daikanyama, downtown Tokyo, and he co-played with Lil Louis and other artists. He also organizes various events and parts with music and he participates in various parties as DJ from time to time.
Kөl Fest is organised by festival enthusiasts and many volunteers from Kyrgyzstan. In order to make Kөl Fest a success and to allow us to grow over the coming years, your support is much appreciated. Every $ generated through ticket and packages sales will be re-invested in the longer term vision of a sustainable music and arts platform.
We are offering two main options for ticket sales: TICKET ONLY and TICKET plus ACCOMMODATION - see below for details.
Please also note the on this website
Ticket only, Friday - Sunday - 3,500 soms(~$50) online; 3,000 soms(~$43) offline(in cash)
Ticket + RESERVATION stay in the yurt camp. Cost: 4200 soms ( ~$ 60) - online and 3700 soms (~ $ 53) - offline (payment is accepted in cash). Payment for accommodation is paid on the spot - 2100 soms ($ -30) per person for 2 nights - on June 28-29th.
With an active local and regional music and arts scene and increasing attention for Kyrgyzstan (for example highlighted by its inclusion in the top 10 Lonely Planet travel destinations for 2019), we believe that 2019 is the perfect year to launch this project in Kyrgyzstan. As such, the festival aims to achieve three objectives, across the event’s theme, “INTERACTION & DIVERSITY”:
We would like the festival to be as sustainable and locally embedded as possible. We are working in close collaboration with the local community, and as such there will be local food stalls, the local administration is helping with logistics and we have a number of volunteers from the South Shore of Issyk-Kul. What’s more, we are working towards a sustainable waste management and sanitation concept. However, please bear in mind that this festival is a new project in its first year, so while we are trying our best to maximise sustainability and reduce our ecological footprint, we might not be able to offer an “ecological gold standard” across the board. Do contact us if you would like to help us get as sustainable as possible.