Thursday, 8 July 2010

Festival Watch: Afisha Picnic Festival (Moscow, Russia)

The Afisha Picnic is a one-day outdoor festival held in Moscow, Russia every summer. It's historic location gives this festival a unique feel to other festivals across Europe and tends to attract 50,000 festival goers each year. Spread out over 1000 acres of land, makes the Afisha Picnic the largest outdoor festival in Moscow. It also provides the unique atmosphere of residing in a relaxed megalopolis. The line-up wise has played host to some terrific bands such as Madness, M83, Black Lips, Clinic, Múm and Dälek to name a select few, in the past, plus a varied selection of local artists and musicians.

2010 will see bands such as Editors, Hercules and Love Affair, Metronomy, Roots Manuva, and Music Go Music play a huge part in this years line-up and takes place on Saturday 31st July. Also 2010 will see the Afisha Picnic go international.

The festival will also feature guest speakers deliver lectures and take part in the panel discussion together with representatives of the local industry where they listen to new artists from Britain and Russia and discuss trends that their music illustrates. Among the guests are Dorian Lynskey, the author of the book “33 Revolutions Per Minute”, John Dyer from the Domino Records and Jon Mclldowie from the Mean Fiddler music agency.

Recently however, the lovely guys at ATP have gone over there to undertake in some workshops for the organisers of Afisha Picnic and we're hoping there will be more projects between the two organisations in the future.

For more information on this festival contact:

Alyona Bocharova
International Development
+7 926 316 1100


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