Musician Billy Novik: We prepared a charged program

Musician Billy Novik: We prepared a charged program

Actor, musician, a founder of Billy's Band and a participant in the music program of the FIFA Fan Fest in Kazan, Billy Novik told journalists at the city press center about the repertoire he has prepared for football fans.

"Taking into the account the specifics of the event, the energetic status of all of this action, <…> we prepared to the maximum an energetically charged program," Billy Novik said.

He said that the program will be comprised of jazz classic hits and songs in the Russian language, mostly from the Soviet period, which the musician likes and which are connected with his native city, St. Petersburg. Such compositions as Kreyser Avrora (Cruiser Aurora), Dozhd na Neve (Rain on the Neva), Gorod nad Volnoy Nevoy (The City Over the Free Neva), as well as such international hits as What Is This Thing Called Love, Route 66, There Will Never Be Another You and others will be played during the FIFA Fan Fest.

Billy Novik said that the band did not come to Kazan with its full complement, since the musicians hoped to attract some of their colleagues to the performance — pianist Valery Korotkov and trumpet-player Gregory Rivkin. He said that all the performers did a sound-check and praised the high-quality facilities of the stage, stressing that everything was arranged at a very top level.

Billy's Band already had a chance to perform at the FIFA Fan Fest in St. Petersburg and Volgograd. As Billy Novik said, he was surprised just how positive the fans were and how well the material was perceived and without criticism.

"I am proud of all the fans who came to Russia to attend the FIFA World Cup," Billy Novik said.

He also said that he is a moderate fan.

"Of course, I rooted for the Russian national team and was very glad that it reached the 1/8 finals for the first time in more than 30 years. This is great, of course. I continue to believe and hope that the Russian national team will be able to achieve even better results at the following championships," Billy Novik said.

Billy's Band will perform at the FIFA Fan Fest in Kazan on June 14 after the Belgium vs. England match. 

News conference with actor and musician Billy Novick