Nikolay Dimitrov won the grand prize of the Sofia Singer Songwriter Fest 2023

The winner of the seventh edition of the festival for acoustic music and poetry, Sofia Singer Songwriter Fest 2023, became the guitarist of the popular Bulgarian band X-R@y – Nikolay Dimitrov.

He impressed the audience with brilliant lyrics, memorable melodies, fine accompaniment and confident vocals. Nikolay received the grand prize – a high-end handcrafted guitar from the Kremona factory.

Dutch singer Nina Lynn was ranked second by the jury. She charmed everyone in attendance with her beautiful wide range soft voice and her melodic songs with a country twist. Nina got an award from “Retro” studio – recording of a single.

Plamen Dimitrov, a guitar player and singer songwriter, was ranked third. He received standing ovation for his song “Useless stuff”. Plamen was awarded with equipment from the music store “Faktor”.

The special award from the boutique hotel “Oborishte 63” was presented to the actor and street musician Krasimir Kirchev, who made the audience laugh with funny lyrics and stage presence.

All participants and the festival team received a bottle of Jameson Irish whiskey, presented in person by Gerard Mannion – Jameson’s ambassador for the Balkans.

For the finale, all participants took the stage to perform the eternal song of the band Queen “We Are The Champions” in remembrance of Freddie Mercury.

A special guest of the event was the financier from California – Larry Biehl, who has supported the festival since its first year.

As usual, the international competition was preceded by a varied accompanying programme, which this year lasted three days. Abot twenty Bulgarian and foreign singer songwriters had the opportunity to present their work in a cozy club atmosphere, to get to meet each other and the audience, to exchange creative experience and ideas.

It is now time to look forward to the eighth edition of the Sofia Singer Songwriter Fest in October 2024.

Lilly Drumeva