Summer music festivals worth the trip to Russia

RBTH presents a guide to the best of this summer's events.

RBTH presents a guide to the best of this summer's events.

Afisha Picnic
Russian open-air festivals are actively developing and the biggest of them can compete with their Western equivalents in terms of quality: Good organization, a pleasant atmosphere and international stars headlining the events. RBTH presents a guide to the best of this summer's events.

Ahmad Tea Fest

June 24, Moscow

The festival will take place in Museon Culture Park under the open sky. Headliner this year is Richard Ashcroft, vocalist from The Verve and author of "Bitter Sweet Symphony," "The Drugs Don’t Work" and other British pop hits. Source: Ahmad Tea in Russia/YouTube

The 7th Ahmad Tea British Music mini-festival proclaims that its mission is to build bridges between British and Russian musical culture. It will take place in Museon Culture Park under the open sky. Headliner this year is Richard Ashcroft, vocalist from The Verve and author of "Bitter Sweet Symphony," "The Drugs Don’t Work" and other British pop hits. In his first appearance in Moscow, Ashcroft will share the stage with the increasingly popular Catfish and the Bottlemen from Wales, which combines elements of new wave, garage, indie and grunge. Their debut album The Balcony went platinum in 2016.

www.ahmadteafest.ru

Usadba jazz

July 1, Moscow (Usadba Arkhangelskoye)

July 29, St. Petersburg (Elagin Island)

In its 14-year history Usadba Jazz has hosted more than 600 musicians from all over the world, including acclaimed stars and new talents. Source: Usadba jazz/Press Photo In its 14-year history Usadba Jazz has hosted more than 600 musicians from all over the world, including acclaimed stars and new talents. Source: Usadba jazz/Press Photo

At the largest international open-air jazz festival in Russia you can listen not only to jazz but also blues, lounge, funk and other musical genres. In its 14-year history Usadba Jazz has hosted more than 600 musicians from all over the world, including acclaimed stars and new talents.

Moscow will be the stage for Afro-American soul singer Raul Midon, who has played with Shakira and Enrique Iglesias, classic of Norwegian electronic jazz Nils Petter Molvær and famous Israeli singer Ester Rada, who combines Ethiopian jazz, R&B, soul and funk.

St. Petersburg will also put under the limelight one of the most famous jazz guitarists in the world, John Scofield, who is a two-time Grammy winner for best jazz album. The city on the Neva will also hear winner of the Brazilian Voice competition Ju Moraes and the Franco-Guinean Ba Cissoko group, which creatively use the Kora, a West African plucked string instrument.

www.usadba-jazz.ru

The Park Live Rock Festival 2017

July 5, Moscow

This festival has already hosted RHCP, The Kills, Lana Del Ray, Muse and other musicians. Evgenya Novozhenina/RIA NovostiThis festival has already hosted RHCP, The Kills, Lana Del Ray, Muse and other musicians. Evgenya Novozhenina/RIA Novosti

The festival is only five years old but is already considered a cult event thanks to its enduringly rich program. It has already hosted RHCP, The Kills, Lana Del Ray, Muse and other musicians. This is also a good venue for those who want to hear the best of Russian rock music, since it invites legendary bands and young talents.

This year the headliners will be alternative rock bands System Of A Down from America and Three Days Grace from Canada. The alternative Twin Atlantic from Scotland and Russia's female vocal rock group Louna, with its socially critical lyrics, will also appear.

www.park.live

Picnic Afisha

July 29, Moscow

Besides listening to the performances on several stages, you can also play under the open sky, attend a master class and visit various mini fairs. Source: Afisha PicnicBesides listening to the performances on several stages, you can also play under the open sky, attend a master class and visit various mini fairs. Source: Afisha Picnic

For several years the festival has been held in one of Moscow's most beautiful parks, in the grounds of the 19th century Kolomenskoye estate. Besides listening to the performances on several stages, you can also play under the open sky, attend a master class and visit various mini fairs. But primarily everyone comes here for the music.

The most anticipated performers this year were Kasabian, heirs to Oasis and one of Britain's most popular rock groups. Also appearing are indie group Foals, which balances pop music and audacious experimentalism, and young Ukrainian rock band Griby, which has recently created a sensation in post-Soviet countries.

www.park.live

Alfa Future People Festival

July 7-9, Bolshoye Kozino (260 miles east of Moscow)

This is a typical suburban open-air event, where visitors can choose their comfort level. You can come as a "savage" with your own tent, stay at a hotel or camp out with all modern conveniences such as a shower and smartphone charger. Source: Alfa Future People FestivalThis is a typical suburban open-air event, where visitors can choose their comfort level. You can come as a "savage" with your own tent, stay at a hotel or camp out with all modern conveniences such as a shower and smartphone charger. Source: Alfa Future People Festival

This year the Sensation Festival has been canceled in Moscow, but for lovers of electronic music there is an interesting alternative: The three-day Alfa Future People Festival. This is a typical suburban open-air event, where visitors can choose their comfort level. You can come as a "savage" with your own tent, stay at a hotel or camp out with all modern conveniences such as a shower and smartphone charger. Among the performers the festival will host the kings of psychedelic-trans and dubstep, Infected Mushroom, stars of electronic music from Iceland Gus Gus and American beat maker araabMUZIK, who has worked with Azealia Banks and 50 Cent.

There will also be famous DJs from the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, France, Italy, England, Canada and other countries. The full list can be seen on the festival's site

www.afp.ru

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