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RnPB Award diploma

Rock’n Pop the Borders awarded as exemplary implemented project

Partners Dupnitsa Association and Regional Center for Sustainable Development in Kratovo were awarded for exemplary cooperation project under European territorial cooperation programmes in Bulgaria for 2007 – 2013 programing period. The award was handed at the European territorial cooperation – the achievements bring new opportunities Conference by Deputy Minister in Regional Development and Public Works, Mrs. Denitsa Nikolova. The deputy minister awarded 15 the most successful projects implemented in closed programming period. She thanked to all partners and beneficiaries under cooperation programmes and wished them successful joint working together in new programming period. At the conference opening, the Minister of RDPW, Mrs. Lilyana Pavlova, said that all awarded projects had remarkable effect and significance: “not only because they have been well developed, but because the outputs they have achieved”.  

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Partners Dupnitsa Association and the Regional Center for Sustainable Development in Kratovo were awarded for implementing the project Rock’n Pop the Borders as exemplary practice under IPA CBC Programme Bulgaria – FYRoM together with two other projects. In programming period 2007 – 2013 under this programme were contracted and implemented 100 projects totally.

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Within the RnPB project was set an international format for performing of young music creators from Bulgaria and Macedonia. 25 young music bands were participated in the events under the project. 3 live gigs and an online competition were held as they gathered more than 19 000 people audience. Communication and contacts between young creators, professional musicians and producers were built. A video and a single were made for the winners within the project competition. You can watch and listen to works of all participants on this site.  

Music without borders

The documentary ‘Music without borders’ summarizes main events within the first edition of Rock’n Pop the Borders Young Music Makers Award Competition  that was arranged and held within the same named project, co-financed by the EU through the IPA Cross-Border Programme Bulgaria-FYRoM

The focus is on the gig where the first competition winners were selected. If the Rock’n Pop the Borders Competition is interesting for you, you can contact  its promoters whose contacts are given in respective site section. The documentary is disseminated for free as we kindly ask everybody who shares or broadcasts it  to underline in a proper way that it has been made within the Rock’n Pop the Borders project by Partners Dupnitsa Association supported by EU through IPA Cross-Border Programme Bulgaria – FYRoM.


The awards

According to the Rock’n Pop the Borders Competition Participation Rules, the first award was professional video clip making. The adjudicators in Young Music Makers Award Concert, held on 9 August 2014 in Dupnitsa, where 10 the best by audience and adjudicators judgment songs took participation, gave the award to Slippin’ song of Plovdiv rock band ‘Paranormal’ :

Second place award in the first Rock’n Pop the Borders competition was given to After Midnight, a Plovdiv rock band, for their song ‘Loosing Control’, which were awarded with professional single record 

Macedonian band Problem solved got the third award in the competition about their song ‘Losha navika/Bad habit‘ – wireless microphone by our media partners – Zapad TV/CSW. 

The promoters succeed to got cooperation by local authorities and influential non-profit associations, which were able to fosters their favorites among the competitors on the Rock’n Pop the Borders stage. The Mayor of Dupnitsa Municipality liked and awarded Kumanovo rock band TV Rage and their song ‘In between the time’ with a set for rock instruments. 

Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranth) song of As Orchids Wither rock band gained the Rotary Club – Dupnitsa.  The Club members awarded 150 BGN to the band, impressed by their energy and performance.

A memorable chance for the music makers in Chainsaw Babies, TV Rage and Визия bands, performed at Rock’n Pop the Borders stage, was the IPA CBC Programme JTS invitation for performing at  festal gigs ‘Sharing borders, growing together‘  in occasion of European Cooperation Day, held on 17 September 2014  in Blagoevgrad and 18 September 2014 in Shtip. 


The great rock gig in Kumanovo – the film

An event, extremely important for the Rock’n Pop the Borders promoters, was its first edition winners and participants  awareness concert in Kumanovo, Macedonia. The event purpose was to foster and promote the RnPB initiative in the partner country and – as you can see – it succeed! Regional Center for Sustainable Development in Kratovo was put within project implementation action plan video recording of the concert. We are pleased to present you its full video record here on: 


The gig in Kumanovo

On 7 September 2014 at 21.00 at City Square of Kumanovo the Rock’n Pop Music Award Winners’ Awareness Gisg was held. 

Some of the finalists in the Rock’n Pop the Borders  Young Music Makers Award Concert as well some of the winners there are taking place in the gig: Enkhaosment and Chainsaw Babies from Bulgaria, and TV Rage, Vizija, Polemique Problem Solved form Macedonia. Special guests of the evening were Rock Ballet Dance studio MAK and ‘Masedonian rock legend’ – Simeon Ivanov Kango. The gig’s performer was Marko Marko Noveski.

Our friends from Zlaten Cannel TV made a reportage that showes in sounds and pictures the event temper. Even you don’t know Macedonian, at least, you are be able to feel the mood: 

Rock’n Pop the Borders is a joint project of Partners Dupnitsa Association and Regional Center for sustainable development – Kratovov. It is co-funded by the EU through IPA Cross – Border Programme Bulgaria – FYRoM. 

Kumanovo Rock’n Pop the Borders Awareness Concert is a final event within the same name project implementation as it is aimed to promote and support the young music makers who have been participated and awarded witin. A documentary about this gig is preparing and it will be posted here.

25 bands, aged 13 to 25, from Bulgaria and Macedonia have been involved within the competition for young rock or pop music band original song started on 12 May 2014. 

Rock’n Pop the Borders’ Audience

Rock’n Pop the Borders’ management team has made a study on 10% sample by the Rock’n Pop the Borders Young Music makers Award Concert’s audience. 50 respondents were asked by questionnaire with 8 questions (containing ‘choose-one’ answers).  

The main conclusions by the survey are:

1. The women are the majority amongst the audience of the Concert (green – women, red – men): 

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 2. The young people aged 13 to 25 are the most inspired fans of the rock music presented at the Concert ( red – under 13, green – 13-25; blue – 25 – 35; yellow – 35-45, pink – 45-55; light blue – 55 – 65; deep yellow – over 65): 

Ratio by age

3. Studying and working young people are the audience of events like “Rock’n Pop the Borders Young Music Makers Award”(red – studing; green – employed; blue – selfempoyed/undertakers; yellow – retired or unempoyed.)

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4. Friends were essential part of the event audience. It can be explained with the participants’ age and the format what the participants were involved. Despite the fact, we are able to say the largest audience’s share is not personally connected in any way with the event participants:( green – related; red – no relation):

Ratio by relation with performers

 5. Internet (especially social media and friendships within) was the information tool for the largest part of the audience. The info sites, including project platform, as well the event’s posters, were the other ‘information sources’ for the audience (red – social nets friendships; green – info sites; dark blue – project platform; yellow – TV and radio; purpule – posters for event):

By source of information

 6. The Rock’n Pop Young Music Makers Award Concert’s audience was local in a large part – from Dupnitsa or the county. The guests from the country or the neighbor Macedonia were minority. Within the context of residence shares, the Bulgaria audience is a second by number after the local audience so there is a significant reserve for the future:

 (red – from Dupnitsa, green – from District of Kystendil; blue – from Bulgaria, yellow – abroad)By residence

 7. The audience is ready to buy a ticket for such event. Only 14% by asked people were negative in the response to the question: ‘Would you buy a ticket for such event?’ (Question 7 by questionnaire). The largest share of people who declared readiness to buy a ticket would pay up to 5 levs (around 2.5 euro, as in 13% by the filled questionnaires were pointed 3 levs – around 1.5 euro). In relatively equal shares the other respondents preferred the cost to be up to 10 levs or over it (around 5.5 euro).  It strikes that over 90% by friends who come to the gig are ready to pay so to watch and listen to their favorites in competition with other bands.

(red – to 5 lv.; green – to 10 lv.; blue – over 10lv.)

By ticket costThis survey has been made with devoted assistance of Elissaveta Zareva, a member of Partners Dupnitsa Association young team. The survey’s purpose was to show the audience profile within the context prolonging it in the future. The project performers – Partners Dupnitsa Association and Regional Center for Sustainable Development – Kratovo kindly ask everyone who use and quotes the survey data for feedback through e-mail contacts within contact section on the site.   

Rock’n Pop the Borders 2007CB16IPO007-2012-3-005 project is co-funded by the EU through IPA Cross Border Programme Bulgaria – FYRoM. 

Friendship Gig within the events of Rock’n Pop the Borders

‘Unbelievable, unforgettable party’ the audience says. That is the rock adepts opinion.  That is the comment of Kango and Sashko Kostov – Macedonian jury members – for a Friendship Gig held on 10 August 2014 at the Rila Park Open Stage. 

 The idea about it was given in April 2014 by Simeon Ivanov – Kango. The Partners Dupnitsa Association’s promoters saw not only the opportunity for one more joint cultural event under the project but for real communion between young musician from Bulgaria and Macedonia, in direct contact with prominent music creators and performers as the idea ‘engine’ – Kango. 

In the gig took participation bands from Rock Academy Dupnitsa – a format made in 2006 by Partners Dupnitsa Association to support talented youngsters, interested in music. More about this initiative you can read and see here.

An unbelievable band was performed too – vocal and solo guitar Kango, drumer – Sahko Kostov and members of Macedonian finalists in Young Music Makers Award Concert  - TV Rage and Problem Solved.

First at stage was Enkhaosment – the band who headed the online contest final ranking for Award Concert in Dupnitsa, held within project implementation. Enkhaosment is a Rock Academy’s band. They didn’t win anything by the Young Music Makers Award Concert, but as though it gave them extraordinary energy for performing in the Friendship Gig Day:


Foretold Dead is a Rock Academy’s band who also took participation within project contest with no success. The Macedonian jury members’ opinion, who also took participation within Friendship Gig on 10 August, was that the quality of their sound record sent for contesting influenced negatively professionals’ and audience estimation about their real abilities which they  showed during the event:


Voltage is the most gig experienced band among Rock Academy Dupnitsa bands. They didn’t have success within the Rock’n Pop the Borders competitions, but ‘blew up’ the audience in their last for ‘non-defined’ time period of time performance:


To present Kango is impossible – he is so ‘colorful’ so you have to leave this to him own. ‘There is no borders if there is music’ – he said and proved it together with Sashko Kostov and the boys of Problem Solved и TV Rage bands:


Darker than Black are the youngest musicians in the Rock Academy. They appearance at the Friendship Gig stage was a great challenge which they successfully faced:


The Friendship Gig of Rock Academy Dupnitsa bands together with Kango, Sashko Kostov and their friends from Macedonian bands – finalists in Young Music Makers Rock’n Pop the Borders Award Concert is another contribution within the same named project.  It is co-funded by  EU through IPA Cross – Border Programme CCI Number 2007CB16IPO007. 

Rock’n Pop the Borders has a future like an international competition for youth original rock song

Rock’n Pop the Borders has a future like an international festival for youth original rock songs on the Balkans. It is the opinion of all more than 30 participants in the Workshop for setting a Framework for sustainable management of the format held on 10 August 2014 in Dupnitsa town. At the Workshop musical producers, festival selectors and promoters, representatives of NGOs and local authorities from the municipalities Dupnitsa, Kratovo and Kumanovo, business organizations, participants in Young Music Makers Award Concert form Bulgaria and Macedonia were participated. This future has to be guarantee through active involvement of local authorities and business, especially – the tourism one, from the municipalities where the partners are active. The participants though the format established has to be focused on youth original rock music as a maximum of styles diversity has to be chased, the competition programme has to be extended over three days and it has to be more dynamic contact between young authors and the professionals involved in adjudicating process. All ideas which the participants into the Workshop have exchanged amongst themselves have enlisted into the ‘Framework for management and maintenance of Rock’n Pop the Borders Young Music Makers Award’.

The Workshop was followed by a meeting of young musicians in Rock Academy Dupnitsa (Enkhaosment, Voltage, Foretold Dead and Darker than Black bands) and Macedonian adjudicators – Kango and Sashko Kostov. At the meeting were involved members of Macedonian bands – finalist in the competition – Problem Solved and TV Rage.

They all together performed an unforgettable three hour gig for Dupnitsa audience at the Big Rila Park Open Stage. 

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The winners

Paranormal’s song Slippin’ won the Rock’n Pop the Borders Young Music makers Award. That came after adjudicators’ voting during the final gig held in Dupnitsa on 9 August 2014.  Както знаете, наградата за победителя ще бъде професионален видеоклип. As you know the Award is professional song video. The team, making the video, promises that it will be absolute surprise.  

Second place was awarded to
After Midnight’s Losing Control song – a professional sound record will be making over it.  

Third award in the contest was awarded to Problem Solved (Skopje) and their songЛоша навика. The Rock’n Pop the Borders’ media partner – TV Zapad – provided professional wireless microphone to them.  

The Mayor of Dupnitsa Municipality liked Kumanovo band – TV Rageand their song In between the time. They took his special award – guitar holders, drumsticks and vocal microphone.

Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranth) of As Orchids Wither  got the applauses of Rotary Club – Dupnitsa. The Rotaries awarded 150 leva to their favorites for their performance and scenic energy.   

The Adjudicators in the Competition and final concert were:  the chair – Anelia Dosheva (producer), Simeon Ivanov – Kango (musician, producer and composer), Slavcho Nikolov (guitarist and composer) and Sashko Kostov(composer and musician). Gig performer was Yoanna Dragneva.

The Young Music Makers Award Concert Rock’n Pop the Borders was the final of the contest amongst 25 bands from Bulgaria and Macedonia. It is a part of the same name project co-funded by EU through IPA Cross – Border Programme Bulgaria – FYRoM. 

Grand Final

Rock’n Pop the Borders Young Music Makers Award Concert starts at 17.30 on 9th of August 2014 (Saturday) at Rila Park by Dupnitsa town. The bands who are taking part within are:

Enkhaosment, Bulgaria.

TV Rage, Macedonia.

Chainsaw Babies, Bulgaria.

Bunch of Assholes, Bulgaria.

Problem Solved, Macedonia.

As Orchids Wither, Bulgaria.

Feast of Insanity, Bulgaria.

After Midnight, Bulgaria.

Revenge, Macedonia.

Paranormal, Bulgaria.

The access is free.  The Concert is organized by Partners Dupnitsa Association and Regional Center for sustainable development – Kratovo within the same named project, co-founded by EU through IPA Cross – Border Programme Bulgaria – FYRoM.  

The songs’ order of performance is to be set on technical conference that is to be held earlier on the same day. Besides the original competing song, each one of participating bands is to be able to perform one to two more own original songs within 12 minutes. The adjudicators are to evaluate the competing song only. The winner, pointed by the adjudicators’ vote, is to have the opportunity to shoot a video after its song. The second ranked is to be able to record professional sound record of its song and the third – is to take the award by one of the show media partners – TV Zapad. One of participating groups is to be awarded by the Mayor of Dupnitsa Municipality.

Show performer is to be the singer Yoanna Dragneva - the Bulgarian finalist in Eurovision 2008.

Till the adjudicators are voting, the audience is to be entertained by Fireball Band performance.

On 10th of August – Sunday – at 19.00 – at the Park Rila Stage, access free again, a gig of Simeon Ivanov – Kango, Macedonian rock musician and adjudicator, together with Foretold Dead, Darker than Black, Voltage и Enkhaosment bands of Rock Academy – Dupnitsa is to take place. The idea about this event was Kango’s and the boys and girls of the Rock Academy take the opportunity with pleasure so to show what they do and can in rock music.

Rock Academy – Dupnitsa is an informal center supporting young and talented rock musicians from Dupnitsa and the county that has been developing and managing by Partners Dupnitsa Association for 8 years yet. A lot of young bands have been trained there as some of them had their own original songs within issued by the Academy two LPs. Namely this training center experience is the reason for developing and implementing the Rock’n Pop the Borders format by Partners Dupnitsa Association and Regional Center for sustainable development – Kratovo through the support of IPA Cross – Border Programme Bulgaria – FYRoM.

The finalists in the online competition Rock’n Pop the Borders

At midnight of 16 to 17 July 2014 the online competition for young rock band’s original song has been closed. Rock’n Pop the Borders online competition was for young rock bands, aged 13 to 25 , making own, original songs. The audience and the adjudicators have voted for their favorites within provided terms and the promoters have been allowed to announce the final ranking today – 17july 2014.

In accordance with the Participating Rules, the 10 songs received the highest average score from audience and adjudicators’ votes are allowed to compete at a live gig on 9th August 2014 in Rila Park of Dupnitsa town.

The final ranking after the online competition Rock’n Pop the Borders ranks the following 10 finalists ( the ranking includes the song name, the band name, average score for the song after audience and adjudicators’ vote and band’s country name):

1. “For The Win”, Enkhaosment, 8.65, Bulgaria.

2. “In between the time”, TV Rage, 8.22, Macedonia.

3. “Filthy Rock’n’Roll”, Chainsaw Babies, 7.12, Bulgaria.

4. “Airstrike”, Bunch of Assholes, 7.00, Bulgaria.

5. “Лоша навика”, Problem Solved, 6.93, Macedonia.

6. “Love lies bleeding (Amaranth), As Orchids Wither, 6.64, Bulgaria.

7. “The Unsung”, Feast of Insanity, 6.31, Bulgaria.

8. “Losing control”, After Midnight, 5.93, Bulgaria.

9. “Не вели ми здраво”, Revenge, 5.68, Macedonia.

10. “Slippin’”, Paranormal, 5.60, Bulgaria.

In case that some of the 10 finalists refuses to participate in the final gig, the promoters keep the right to invite the next one by order of ranking:

11. “Bury Me”, Sunday, 5.53, Bulgaria.

12. “Гласот на моята душа”, Визия, 5,28, Macedonia.

13. “Път към върха”, Rebels,5,09, Bulgaria.

14. “Revelation”, Panic Station, 5.08, Bulgaria.

15. “The Power of Love”, Marmalad Banda, 4.96, Macedonia.

16. “Ride”, Plug In, 4.95, Macedonia.

17. “Първата”, Лопатарка, 4,56, Bulgaria.

18. “Cannot Heal”, Power Enslave, 4.46, Bulgaria.

19. “Трошка Љубов”, Polemique, 4.18, Macedonia.

20. “In Cold and Dark Days”, Foretold Dead, 4.06, Bulgaria.

21. “Electrify”, Simai, 3.82, Bulgaria.

22. “Blade of Greed”, SLIX, 3.63, Bulgaria.

23. “We are coming”, Voltage, 3.36, Bulgaria.

24. “Изгубен”, Angus&Kevin, 3.20, Bulgaria.

25. “Appetence for Life”, Mneme, 3.11, Bulgaria.

Bands’ ranking by average score after audience votes:

1.”For The Win”, Enkhaosment, 10, Bulgaria.

2.”In between the time”, TV Rage, 8.64, Macedonia.

3.”Airstrike”, Bunch of Assholes, 8.12, Bulgaria.

4.”Love lies bleeding (Amaranth), As Orchids Wither, 6.67, Bulgaria.

5.”Лоша навика”, Problem Solved, 6.55, Macedonia.

6.”Filthy Rock’n’Roll”, Chainsaw Babies, 6.04, Bulgaria.

7.”Не вели ми здраво”, Revenge, 5.74, Macedonia.

8.”Път към върха”, Rebels, 5.29, Bulgaria.

9.”Revelation”, Panic Station, 5.13, Bulgaria.

10.”The Power of Love”, Marmalad Banda, 5.09, Macedonia.

11.”The Unsung”, Feast of Insanity,  4.91, Bulgaria.

12.”In Cold and Dark Days”, Foretold Dead, 4.24, Bulgaria.

13.”Ride”, Plug In, 3.92, Macedonia.

14.”Трошка Љубов”, Polemique, 3.87, Macedonia.

15.”Losing control”, After Midnight, 3.66, Bulgaria.

16.”Гласот на моята душа”, Визия, 3.35, Macedonia.

17.”Cannot Heal”, Power Enslave, 3.19, Bulgaria.

18.”Изгубен”, Angus&Kevin, 3.08, Bulgaria.

19.”Electrify”, Simai, 3.01, Bulgaria.

20.”Blade of Greed”, SLIX, 2.80, Bulgaria.

21.”Първата”, Лопатарка, 2.61, Bulgaria.

22.”Slippin’”, Paranormal, 2.51, Bulgaria.

23.”We are coming”, Voltage, 2.45, Bulgaria.

24.”Appetence for Life”, Mneme, 2.28, Bulgaria.

25.”Bury Me”, Sunday, 2.05, Bulgaria.

Bands ranking by adjudicators’ average scores:

1.”Bury Me”, Sunday, 9.00, Bulgaria.

2.”Slippin’”, Paranormal, 8.68, Bulgaria.

3.”Losing control”, After Midnight, 8.20, Bulgaria.

4.”Filthy Rock’n’Roll”, Chainsaw Babies, 8.20, Bulgaria.

5.”In between the time”, TV Rage, 7.80, Bulgaria.

6.”The Unsung”, Feast of Insanity, 7.70, Bulgaria.

7.”For The Win”, Enkhaosment, 7.30, Bulgaria.

8.”Лоша навика”, Problem Solved, 7.30, Bulgaria.

9.”Гласот на моята душа”, Визия, 7.20, Bulgaria.

10.”Love lies bleeding (Amaranth), As Orchids Wither, 6.60, Bulgaria.

11.”Първата”, Лопатарка, 6.50, Bulgaria.

12.”Ride”, Plug In, 5.98, Macedonia.

13.”Airstrike”, Bunch of Assholes, 5.88, Bulgaria.

14.”Cannot Heal”, Power Enslave, 5.72, Bulgaria.

15.”Не вели ми здраво”, Revenge, 5.62, Bulgaria.

16.”Revelation”, Panic Station, 5.02, Bulgaria.

17.”Път към върха”, Rebels, 4.88, Bulgaria.

18. “The Power of Love”, Marmalad Banda, 4.82, Macedonia.

19. “Electrify”, Simai, 4.62, Bulgaria.

20.”Трошка Љубов”, Polemique, 4.48, Macedonia.

21.”Blade of Greed”, SLIX, 4.46, Bulgaria.

22.”We are coming”, Voltage, 4.26, Bulgaria.

23.”Appetence for Life”, Mneme, 3.94, Bulgaria.

24.”In Cold and Dark Days”, Foretold Dead, 3.88, Bulgaria.

25.”Изгубен”, Angus&Kevin, 3.32, Bulgaria.

The promoters and the adjudicators underline their deep impression by participants’ fair-play, the savoir-vivre they have kept amongst and the quality of all songs participated (it can be seen – the adjudicators have not adjudicated average score under 3 points for each participating song). If we might deduce by number of votes received by the participating bands, their original songs have been performed at an online gig with almost 10 000 people audience.

The project Rock’n Pop the Borders is a partnership project of Partners Dupnitsa Association and Regional Center for sustainable development – Kratovo.   

It is co-funded by the EU through IPA Cross – Border Programme Bulgaria – FYRoM CCI Number 2007CB16IPO007


We are coming! Voltage band, Dupnitsa Bulgaria

VOLTAGEVoltage is an young trash metal band established on 28 February 2011 in Dupnitsa town. The band has 16 original songs but also it makes covers of famous bands as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, etc. The band experienced a lot of appearances. We have been participated in Pop Rock Fest – Nessebar, S’cool rock fest – Plovdiv, Rock It Marathon, Let’s rock it – Dobrich, Coco Rock Fest – Kurdzhali, where we have won second award and Long Intersession 4 – where we have got special award – producing and recording a song and clip. In December 2013 we signed with Dark Arts Ltd for single record application disseminated with December’s Terrorizer Magazine issue.

The band is in membership of:
• Borislav Zahariev – guitar/vocal, 19.
• Miroslav Zakhariev – drums, 17.
• Kiril Petrov – bass/vocal, 17.
• Georgi Alexov – guitar,17.

You can watch and listen to all we do on: We are proud with our songs you can listen to here.

At Rock’n Pop the Borders we have presented our absolutely fresh We are coming! – music, lyrics and arengement – Voltage.

Total votes received: 208

Appetence for Life, Mneme band, Sofia, Bulgaria


MNEMEMneme is a Death / Thrash / Progressive Metal band from Sofia, established in 2011. They definitely haven’t lost their time since then as regarding their playing skills improving, as well regarding original songs making so up to now they would be able to talk up about nine own original songs, seven of them – recorded: God Can’t Save You, Sinking into Dark, Sky Is Gray, Closure Of The Gates Of Hell, etc.
Regarding appearances the band is very active too as they have experienced a lot of concerts, competitions, fests as Long intersession 4, The Rock Power 3, Coco Rock Fest- Kurdzhali, ON!Fest…
You can watch and listen to us on: We are proud with our songs you can listen to here.

Extremely cute and while hard musicians’ band in membership of:
• Hristo Boyadzhiev (16 ) Vocals/Guitar
• Bozhko Bozhkov (18) Vocals/Guitar
• Yavor Semkov (16 ) Bass/Vocals
• Yoan Nikolov (16 ) Drums

At Rock’n Pop the Borders we have presented our new song – Appetence for Life.
Music of Bozhko Bozhkov, lyrics – of Yavor Semkov and Hristo Boyadzhiev, and arrangement of Bozhko Bozhkov, Hristo Boyadzhiev and Yoan Nikolov.

Total votes received: 194

Първата/The first one, Lopatraka band, Montana, Bulgaria

LOPATARKAWe are Lopatarka band from Montana, Bulgaria. We have been together for 5 years and we play only original, sung in Bulgarian, music with exception of 2 covers – ‘You are beautiful, my forest’ and ‘A pipe is playing’. We are playing interesting rock music where you can find a lot of folklore influence. In 2013 we won the Best Original Song Award at international competition Let’s rock it in Dobrich for the song ‘He wants her, she won’t’. 

In Lopatarka we are:

• Roberta – Dimanna Aleva, 21- vocal, keyboards
• Georgi Dimitrov, 21 – guitar
• Rossen Petrov, 21 – bass guitar
• Martin Sredkov, 23 – drums
You can watch and listen to all we do on: We are proud with our songs you can listen to here.

At Rock’n Pop the Borders competition we have performed our new original song „The first one”. The lyrics of Roberta-Dimanna Aleva and music of Roberta – Dimanna Aleva, Rossen Petrov, Georgi Dimitrov and Martin Sredkov.

Total votes received: 222

Electrify, Simai band, Sofia, Bulgaria

SIMAISimai was established on 12 February 2013. We would characterize ourselves as Rapcore/Nu-metal band. We often do performances at Sofia and Plovdiv. We lay stress on original music creating. At concerts we play also covers of Limp Bizkit, Soulfly, Korn, P.O.D., Hed PE. We have been given 2nd place at Golyamo mezhduchasie 5/Big Break 5 Competition for our Crhyme song. We are preparing LP thought to be 11 original songs contented. You can listen to our live performances on our Soundcloud – and on Youtube –

In the band are:
• Andrey Androv (18) – Bass
• Alexander Miladinov (18) – Guitar
• Georgi Chuchukov (16) – Drums
• Kalofer Mikhov (18) – Vocals
• Genadi Mikhov (19) – Guitar/ Vocals

You can watch and listen to all we do on: We are proud with our songs you can listen to here.

At Rock’n Pop the Borders we have presented Electrify – music, lyrics and arrangement – Simai.


Total votes received: 256

Гласот на мојата душа/ The voice of my soul, Vizia band, Skopje, Macedonia

Vizija-BandVIZIA is a Macedonian rock band established in November 2014 in Skopje. The music we make springs from the rock, mixing in various styles, so it results in the style of Vizia.
Vizia’s first appearance was at T’k – tak fest 2012 in Kavaradartsi, in memoriam of Macedonian rock legend – Trayko Karov, where the band was awarded and thereon – the band was performed at the prestigious Taxsirat – Skopje. Our first appearance abroad was on 1 June 2013 at Skladishte Fest, Krushchik, Serbia and some days later – Vizia was performed at Revelation concert of T’k – tak fest in Kavaradrtsi. Our greatest success was our performance during the Zaecharska Guitariada in August 2013 where we was the only Macedonian band amongst the best 12 Balkan rock band who played for 30 000 audience.
In the list of our performances we should mention our performances at Kochani in May 2013, MKC – 50 years of Rock’n’ roll in Macedonia, Pivoland 2013, Culture Summer Karposh 2013…. The band was selected for one of the best Balkan bands in 2013 by the American WMBR radio, as to Vizia was written on British Emerging Indie Bands site where we were charted as the best band of February.

You can watch and listen all we do on We are proud with our songs you can listen to here.

In the band are:
• Marko Dzambazoski (Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals)
• Marko Gapo (Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar)
• Liljana Jankova (Bass / Backing vocals)
• Siniša Gjorgjević (drums)

At Rock’n Pop the Borders we have presented- Гласот на мојата душа / The voice of my soul.
Music: Marko Dzambazos ki, Marko Gapo , Liljana Jankova , Siniša Gjorgjević
Lyrics: Marko Dzambazoski
Arangement: Marko Dzambazoski, Marko Gapo , Liljana Jankova , Siniša Gjorgjević

Total votes received: 285


Изгубен/ Lost, Angus&Kevin band, Sofia, Bulgaria

ANGUS_KEVINAt the beginning, Angus&Kevin was a duet of Stoyan (Angus) Peykov and Kevin Dramaliev. In a while, because there were no options for concert performances, two new members were joined to the band: Dimitar Komandarev – bass guitar and Atanas Georgiev – drums. Our style verges to heavy metal/hard rock styles.

In the band are:

Angus Peykov – Guitar, Singer,15

Dimitar Komandarev – Bass Guitar,15

Kevin Dramaliev – Guitar,14

Atanas Georgiev – Drums,15

You can watch and listen to all we do on:  We are proud with our songs you can listen to here.

At Rock,n pop the Border we have presented our song Izguben/ Lost
Music, lyrics and arrangement: Angus&Kevin

Total votes received: 262

For The Win, ENKHAOSMENT band, Dupnitsa, Bulgaria

ENKHAOSMENTThe band was established in February 2013. They appeared with covers but soon they moved on original music making and playing. Thus, the Enkhaosment  project has started and has been running successfully forward.

They define their music as a mix of various styles of metal – trash, death, groove and heavy. The band is inspired by the greatest performers at the world’s stage:  Kreator, Pantera, Sodom, Slayer and Machine Head.

The band’s mission is to show their compatriots that in Bulgaria making good and qualitative music is possible. For the year the young band has been existing, they have succeeded to appear at a number of concerts throughout the country, as well to be a part of the fests and competitions as Give me Rock, Guitariada, The Long Intermission 5  


  • Kalin Smolichki, 19 – bass guitar and vocals
  • Vassko Peyanin, 19  – rhythm guitar
  • Theodor Vassilev, 17  - solo guitar
  • Alex Andonov, 17 – drums

 The songs we are proud of, you can listen to here.

At Rock’n pop the Borders we have presented the song ‘For The Win’

Music and lyrics: Kalin Smolichki


Total votes received: 850


Airstrike, ‘Bunch Of Assholes’ band, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

BOAThe band was established in April 2013 in Plovdiv. They play alternative/punk rock. They have songs you must listen to

You can watch and listen what B.O.A do on Facebook:


In the Bunch Of Assholes are:
* Daniel Varadinov – first guitar (18)
* Nikola Starshanov – bass guitar (17)
* Momchil Kalchev – vocals and second guitar (17)
* Ediz Redzhepov – drums (18)

At Rock’n Pop the Borders has been presented their original song ‘Airstrike’
Music and lyrics: Daniel Varadinov
Arrangement: Bunch Of Assholes

Total votes received: 690


Ride, ‘Plug In’ band, Skopje/Bitola, Macedonia

dsidaThe band was established in November, last year. During the last six months we have been appearing at the most of Skopje stages. In the band are: Konstantina Bogoevska – vocal (20, Bitola), Goran Petrovski – violin and back vocal (20, Bitola), Milosh Popovski – guitar (21, Skopje), Hristian Raykovski – bass guitar (19, Skopje) and Sinisha Dzhordzhevich – drums (20, Skopje). Distinctively of ‘Plug In’ is a violin involvement within performance which is seldom for rock bands. All band’s members are students in Music Arts Faculty in Skopje where their tale has begun.

You can find us on:

‘Ride’ is our first original song.

Music: Milosh Popovski

Lyrics: Konstantina Bogoevska

Arangement: Goran Petrovski

Total votes received: 333

Cannot Heal, ‚Power Enslave’ band, Rousse, Bulgaria

PE_fonThe band was established in the winter of 2012 by Kaloyan (16, vocal and guitar) and Momchil (15, drums) Itovs + Roumen (15, bass guitar and vocals) and Daniel (16, guitar) Neykovs.  We are special with the fact we are 2 siblings’ couples, we we’ve known each other since we were born and that pulls us more together as musicians.  The band’s membership hasn’t been changed. The band has made 5 original own songs so far. We have played at two festivals in Rousse. We have passed through the most of Rousse clubs and we are eager to appear in another town.  You can listen our original songs on:

At the Rock’n Pop the Borders we have presented our new original song ‘Cannot Heal’.

The music, lyrics and the arrangement are of ‘Power Enslave’.

Total votes received: 271

Bury me, ‘Sunday’ band, Sofia, Bulgaria


’Sunday’ band was established in the beginning of March, 2012. The band registered participation in Rock’n Pop the Borders on 4th of June 2014 in membership of:  Aysel Karadaya, 18 – vocal; Zdravko Krustev,18 -  guitars; Hristo Kenarov,19 – drums and Vassko Andreev,17 – bass.

At the online contest they performed the song ‘Bury me’ with lyrics and music by Aysel Karadaya and arrangement by the band. The song was supported by totally 174 votes in audience online voting between 16 June and 16 July 2014.

You do not have access to the Sunday’s song ‘Bury me’. It was removed by the Rock’n Pop the Borders online platform on 30 July 2014 after demand by Aysel Karakaya – the author of song’s lyrics and music.
Moved by the wish this platform to be a stage only for young authors who sincerely want to be at it, the Rock’n Pop the Borders’ promoters satisfied the Sunday’s request and wish them success. 



The Unsung, ‘Feast of Insanity’ band, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

FEAST OF INSANITYThe band was formed on 07.03.2013 although the idea about it had sprung out 2-3 months earlier. The band was established by Lyuboslav Arabadzhiev (guitar) and Yordan Velkov (bass). Both decided to offer to Georgi Markov (guitar) to join to the project and he was glad to accept. Later, the boys heard about their acquaintance who played drums and decided to make an audition of him. For a pity, they were not able to work together and the searching was carried on.  In this period they found their first vocal – Hristo Dachev, but the things ran in such way so it didn’t work with him too. After a long searching, the drums was played by Ediz Redzhepov and Vassilee Atanasov was band’s front man. A few months after the band was in full membership the first appearance was come. At this time it happened Vassilee had health issues and wasn’t able to appear at the concert. The band asked Giorgio Saputelli and he accepted with reluctance to replace Vassilee at band’s first performance as later he officially joined to the band. Not later since then the band started hard working on its original music but found something was insufficient at this end. Thus the decided to take apart with the drummer and to replace him with a new one – Vladimir Voloshtuk. ‘Feast of Insanity define their style as a metal core with death core elements. For the moment they still experimenting and searching for the ideal sound that to suits them. They wish to sound ‘harder’ and – simultaneously – to be distinctive of that what can be heard every day.

In ‘Feast of Insanity’ are:

  • Georgi Marinov, 16, guitar
  • Lyuboslav Arabadzhiev, 15,guitar
  • Yordan Velkov, 15, bass
  • Giorgio Saputelli, 21, vocal
  • Vladimir Voloshtuk, 15, drums

They are proud with their songs:

„Sanctimonious” ( Lyuboslav Arabadzhiev, Georgi Marinov and Yordan Velkov, Giorgio Saputelli, Feast of Insanity band); „Psychology of Burning„ (Lyuboslav Arabadzhiev and Georgi Marinov, Giorgio Saputelli, Feast of Insanity band); „An Oath to the Forsaken” (Lyuboslav Arabadzhiev, Giorgio Saputelli, Feast of Insanity band); „Collapsing” (Lyuboslav Arabadzhiev, Giorgio Saputtelli, Feast of Insanityband)

 You can watch and contact to them on:

At Rock’n Pop the Borders ‚Feast of Insanity’  they have presented ‘The Unsung‘.

Music: Lyuboslav Arabadzhiev, Vladimir Voloshtuk

Lyrics: Giorgio Saputtelli

Arrangement:  Feast of Insanity band

Total votes received: 417

Losing control, ‘After Midnight’ band, Asenovgrad/Plovdiv, Bulgaria

After-MidnightAfter Midnight is a bulgarian rock band, focused on making original songs and compositions. Founded in 2011, the band has evolved through numerous styles, developing their own sound with recognizable vocal lines and melodic guitars over a groove-oriented and steady rhythm. The band’s first LP “My Deepest Secret” was released on the 21st of February with a promo show in Plovdiv. The songs we are proud with are:  „Без Теб”, „Lets get it on”, „Move on”, „I need you”, „Wake me up” и „Now I fall”. You can watch some of them here

In the band are:

  • Dimitar Penchev – 21 – Drummer
  • Georgi Paunov – 25 – Vocal
  • Georgi Argirov – 25 – Bass
  • Georgi Kovachev – 24 – Guitar

Welcome on:

At Rock’n Pop the Borders we have presented ’Losing Control’.

Music, lyrics and arrangement: After Midnight

Total votes received: 311


Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranth), ‘As Orchids Wither’ band, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Orhids WitherWe are metal core band formed on 02.03.2014. We have made 4 gigs so far – one of which with death metal titans of Enthrallment and another - with Above Us The Waves from Greece!  We have published 2 original songs on the Internet which are part of our forthcoming 1st EP. It is to be followed of 2nd EP which is to be promoted at the end of this or at the beginning of the next year. We are very proud with our song ‘Perfection Of Tragedy’– music, lyrics and arrangement – the band. There we are:

  • Giorgio Saputelli 21 – vocals
  • Krum Draganov 20 – guitar
  • Vladimir Voloschuk 15 – guitar
  • Alexander Gyoshev 17 – bass
  • Stoyno Angelov 17 – drums

You can watch and contact us on:

 At Rok’n Pop the Borders we have presented  our original song ‘Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranth)’.

Music, lyrics and arrangement: As Orchids Wither

Total votes received: 567

In Cold and Dark Days, Foretold Dead band, Dupnitsa, Bulgaria

Foretold DeadWhen Ivan Kralev and Georgi Georgiev left their first band, they were looking for a new one together with Antonio Kostadinov. At the same time, Velislav Kazakov and Blagovest Davidkov were also looking for a band and when they five met each other in July 2013 they decided to work together. A month later they started their rehearsals and soon after that – the band’s name was appeared – Foretold Dead:


  • Blagovest Davidkov  (16) –  Vocal
  • Georgi Georgiev (15) –  Guitars
  • Ivan Kralev  (17) – Guitars
  • Antonio Kostadinov (16) -Bass
  • Velislav Kazakov (17) – Drums

Except the competition song, the band has other original compositions as amongst them they love „Voids of Hell“ (music, lyrics and arrangement: Foretold Dead). You can find them on  or here.

At Rock’n Pop the Borders they have presented the song „In Cold and Dark Days“.

Music, lyrics and arrangement: Foretold Dead

Total votes received: 360