Go A

Ukrainian folktronica band

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Go_A at Vidbir 2020
Go_A at Vidbir 2020
Background information
OriginKyiv, Ukraine
Years active2012 (2012)–present
LabelsMoon Records
MembersKateryna Pavlenko
Taras Shevchenko
Ihor Didenchuk
Ivan Hryhoriak
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Go_A (Ukrainian: Ґоу_Ей) is a Ukrainian electro-folk band first formed in 2012 who were set to represent Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, with the song "Solovey". Following the cancellation of the 2020 contest due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band represented the country in 2021, this time with "Shum", with which they placed fifth in the final.


The idea to form a band that would combine modern electronic music with ethnic motifs first came to Taras Shevchenko in 2011, but the first attempts to work with actual musicians took place in 2012. At the end of that year, in December, the first song "Koliada" (Коляда) was released. The band's name means "return to the roots" and was made by combining the English word "Go" with the Greek letter "Alpha", which symbolizes the beginning of everything.[1]

The band first gained attention after the release of the single "Vesnianka" (Веснянка), which won the national competition The Best Track in Ukraine 2015.[2] For six weeks, the song stayed at number one on the 10Dance chart of the Kiss FM radio station in Ukraine and was awarded Discovery of the Year by the radio station.[1]

In the fall of 2016, Go_A released their debut album Idy na zvuk (Іди на звук; Follow the Tune) under Moon Records.[3] The album consists of ten songs, including the successful "Vesnianka".[4] In early 2017 they released a Christmas single "Shchedryi vechir" (Щедрий вечір) in collaboration with Katia Chilly.[5]

Eurovision Song Contest

In early 2020, it was announced that Go_A was among the 16 acts participating in the Ukrainian national selection for Eurovision 2020 with the song '"Solovey".[6] The band performed in the first semi-final, which took place on February 8, where they placed second and thus qualified to the final. On February 22, in the final they won both the public vote and the jury vote. Hence, they were supposed to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in May.[7] However, on 18 March 2020, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the same day UA:PBC announced that the band will represent the country in 2021.[8] On 4 February 2021, it was announced that "SHUM" would be the song that Go_A would be performing in Rotterdam. At the Eurovision final on 22 May 2021, SHUM placed fifth, with 364 combined public and jury points. However, in the public vote alone SHUM placed second with 267 points.[9]

Band member Ihor Didenchuk is also a member of Kalush Orchestra, who won the contest for Ukraine in 2022.



Title Details Peak chart positions
Іди на звук
  • Released: 1 November 2016
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Moon Records


Title Year Peak chart positions Album


US Dance
"Коляда 2012 Non-album single
"Веснянка" 2015 Іди на звук
"Щедрий вечір" (with Katya Chilly) 2017 Non-album singles
"Рано-раненько" 2019
"Solovey" 2020 16
"Добрим людям на здоров'я"
"Shum" 2021 17 29 66 37
3 19 27 36 59 20
"Kalyna" 2022
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.


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  2. ^ "Конкурс The Best Track in Ukraine 2015 объявил победителей!". tochka.net (in Russian). 15 December 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Електрофолк-гурт Go-A представив дебютний альбом". musicinua.com (in Ukrainian). 2 November 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  4. ^ "#Ідиназвук by Goa on Apple Music". Apple Music. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Winners of Ukraine's National Selection for Eurovision 2020: Ten facts about Go_A". 112 International. 23 February 2020. Archived from the original on 24 February 2020. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Нацотбор на "Евровидение 2020": Группа Go_A презентовала конкурсную песню". ivona.bigmir.net (in Russian). 28 January 2020. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Go_A will represent Ukraine in Rotterdam". Eurovision.tv. 22 February 2020. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  8. ^ Herbert, Emily (18 March 2020). "Ukraine: Go_A Will Represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2021". Eurovoix. Archived from the original on 18 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Latest news: Go_A has new song for Eurovision 2021!". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 4 February 2021. Archived from the original on 4 February 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  10. ^ a b "2021 21-os SAVAITĖS (gegužės 21-27 d.) SINGLŲ TOP100" (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 31 May 2021.
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  12. ^ "Discografie Go_A" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
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  14. ^ "Discography Go_A". irish-charts.com. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Discografie Go_A". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 21". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Discographie Go_A". hitparade.ch (in German). Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  18. ^ "Go_A | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  20. ^ "Official Irish Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. 28 May 2021. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
2020 (cancelled)
Succeeded by
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