New Wave 2017 will be moving to a new venue in the Olympic Park in Sochi, contest organisers have announced.

New Wave 2017 will no longer be held at the Morskogo vokzala in Sochi, contest organisers have confirmed that a new venue will be constructed for this years competition. The contest will be moving to a new location within the Sochi Olympic Park named the “New Wave Hall”. The exact location of the venue has not been announced, neither has the capacity of the venue.

New Wave moved to Sochi in 2015 having previously being hosted by the Latvian resort town of Jurmala. The contest was moved following the Latvian Government’s decision to ban a number of high profile Russian entertainers for their support of the annexation of Crimea by Russia. The movement of the contest and the political situation also saw the contest dropped by Latvian and Ukrainian broadcasters, leaving the contest being broadcast on television only in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Competing in the contest are:

  • Armenia – Syuzanna Melqonyan
  • Armenia – Erna Mirzoyan
  • Kazakhstan – Rustem Zhugunussov
  • Moldova – DoReDoS
  • Romania – Katya Rishe
  • Russia – Lusia Chebotina
  • Russia – Khatl Khatl
  • Russia – Sasha Santa
  • Russia – Stas Danshin
  • Russia – Vasily Urievskiy
  • Sweden – Pahmp
  • Vietnam – Lien Le Luu
  • Ukraine – ISAAK
  • United States – Michelangelo Mejia
  • Uzbekistan – Sardor Milano

Source: TASS

New Wave was first held in 2002 in Jurmala, Latvia. The contest which is held over three days is open to singers age between 16 and 35 years old. The competition is incredibly popular within Eastern Europe with up and coming performers taking to the stage alongside well known guests from across the region. The contest has been a launching point for many careers including Intars Busulis, Natalia Gordienko and Jamala the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.