Recently many music bands have chosen Kyiv for their music videos and let their production take place in the city.
MØ – Kamikaze
The video was filmed in Troieshchyna district of Kyiv. It’s a Soviet style whole-planned bedroom district located on the Kyiv’s left coast, the district where residents live and sleep, but work mostly on the right coast.
Foals – What Went Down
Foals also went to the Troieshchyna desert a very post-apocalyptic looking area and Kyiv’s sea – a large water reservoir located on the Dnieper River that was built in 1960-1966.
Hurts – Wings
It’s amazing how they managed to make Babylon restaurant to look like some glamorous art deco restaurant lol (I wrote about it in here). There are some blurry shots of NSC Olimpiyskiy, a local drag queen Madame Zhu Zhu, October Palace, a sanatorium at Pushcha-Vodytsia.
Mumford & Sons – Ditmas
The director of a video turned out to be a fan of Ukrainian Cossacks. The character of a video performs traditional Cossack horse trick riding.
Years & Years – Shine
OK, so it’s quite difficult to guess where this mystical music video was filmed, but it’s also in Kyiv, in Pushcha-Vodytsia neighborhood. It’s a nice place for a rest from the urban near the forest and lakes. From Soviet times there are number of sanatoriums; by the way in some of them right now live refugees from Donbass. It takes around 30 min on a tram from Podil to get there.
Santigold – Kicking Down Doors
The video is clearly an allusion to Kyiv’s 2014 Hrushevskoho Street riots: black police helmets and shields, protesters, burning tires, Molotov cocktails, but on the end everyone starts to play football in peace.
Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky
The video has a cool cinematography; it looks more like a short film. The director had chosen many interesting places of Kyiv: Troieshchyna district, Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, Urban Village spot in Pozniaky, Thermal power station no.6, and abandoned bus depot №7. I can actually make a tour with all this locations. 🙂
Lonely The Brave – Backroads
This is the only band on the list that has a video which was made on a right coast of Kyiv lol. The most interesting thing is that they caught the last days of summer Maidan camp on Khreschatyk. The video also features Lesya Ukrainka blvd, Klovskiy uzviz, Havana Bridge, the tshirt from the local street wear brand Хапай, Trukhaniv Island.