Electronic band Rubika a bright light at Manchester Pride despite rain

By Jessica Cree

Manchester-based electronic band Rubika performed on the main stage at the Manchester Pride festival yesterday.

Hundreds of people turned up for the gig which, despite the wet weather, was a great success.

The group, which mainly originates from Eastern Europe, combines Russian musical influences with British tastes.

Two of the group’s members, vocalist Irena Dokuchayeva  and synth player Slava Plisetsky, came to Manchester to study and a chance encounter in Victoria Station resulted in the birth of the band.

Rubika’s music, described by singer Irena as “amazing”, “bright” and “totally fitting for Pride,” has been influenced by electro-pop groups like Moloko and Goldfrapp.

“I think pop and electro music are getting into the charts more because people want to dance and have a drink and have a great time,” said Irena, who has been performing since the age of five.

The weather turned a bit soggy during the band’s performance yesterday but the crowd continued to have a good time: “So many people just danced today despite the rain which literally just hit in the middle of our set,” said Irena who hadn’t expected everybody to stay because of the rain.

“It was amazing. I got a really good response. I was really happy with it and even I’ve got used to the weather,” she said.

The band has had a hectic year performing in Manchester, recording a video and releasing a vinyl but Irena seems to have caught the performing bug after the success of their set at Manchester Pride.

She said: “I want more gigs like that over the next couple of years, doing a tour around the UK, releasing lots of material so people can sing along and dance to it. So people can just enjoy my music.

“I want to do it for the rest of my life and I really enjoy doing it so I never feel tired.”

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