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Moscow's cultural scene is famously enormous and varied - but where to start? Our arts-savvy editorial team trawl what's on offer, to bring you our selection of Culture Picks for your leisure time. Current and upcoming recommendations are:
30.06.16  20:00 Tyler, The Creator (USA)
Tyler, the Creator is the alternative hip-hop crew's main rapper, producer, and source of inspiration. He got his first taste of fame when The Los Angeles Times ran a "teen on the street"-type story on the then 16-year-old skateboarding enthusiast, who was also interested in music and fashion. In 2007 he began making music with Odd Future's core members - Earl Sweatshirt, Left Brain, and Hodgy Beats -- and by the summer of 2010 their bizarre, surreal, and filthy material had earned them a loyal following. It was during that year that a video Tyler directed for the Odd Future track "French" took off, topping a million views by December and drawing attention to the slew of crew-related mixtapes that followed, including Tyler's own, Bastard. He was also signed to the XL label in 2010 for a one-album deal. When Tyler's XL album Goblin arrived in 2011, it became the first Odd Future-related product to be released through the usual music industry channels. Wolf followed in 2013, with Left Brain and Frank Ocean returning as guests. Like Earl Sweatshirt's album from the same year, Tyler's 2015 effort Cherry Bomb leaked to online streaming services before its official release date. The album also featured uncredited guest appearances from Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Read more
02.07.16-03.07.16  21:00 Outline Festival 2016
This summer two-day festival of advanced music and art Outline will be located in the abandoned MoZAL, a factory of automated lines and specialty machines. Topped by Philipp Gorbachev, Daniel Bell, Ninos Du Brasil, Rhadoo, Low Jack, Sudden Infant, Ena, Skatebard, Veronica Vasicka, Mulatu Astatke, The Residents, Clock Dva, Francesco Del Garda, Ron Morelli, Daniele Baldelli, Magda, Byetone, The Skatalite, the line-up will be spread across 6 independant line-up: 2 stages inside the building, including running Movie pavilion, and 4 stages under open sky. Whole territories outside of dancefloors are given to Outline Art program. Unique post-industrial area of MoZAL reflects into infrastructure of event: from new characters and names to passes between festival objects. Read more
09.07.16  12:00 Lastochka Festival
Held at the Luzhniki sports complex, the Lastochka (swallow) festival is a new name but it’s organized partly by the same team that did Subbotnik in Gorky Park a couple years ago. Lastochka is a place for all-day sport and lifestyle events. River bank will turn into "gastronomic promenade" of the best Moscow restaurant projects. Music headliners will be first time in Moscow Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, FKA Twigs and Icona Pop. Festival was orginized to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Luzhniki but plan to become anual fest of modern pop-music and active events. On 9th July Lastochka will wide open the whole Luzhniki territory: most of space becomes family picnic area, active sport and even swimmingpool dance-party in a new Aquacomplex. The main stage with fantastic view on the Moscow-river, park and University building will be given to trendsetter artist from Europe and USA. Lastochka will be the first festival at renewed Luzhniki complex. Read more
Luzhniki Area 
09.07.16-10.07.16  16:00 Park Live 2016
Park Live is an annual international music festival that combines music, art, fun, sunshine, fresh air, a great audience, and a positive atmosphere. Park Live is a festival for people of all ages and people with different tastes in music. The two-days festival takes place in Moscow on July 9th-10th at the "Otkritie Arena" stadium ("Spartak"). The Red Hot Chili Peppers are scheduled to headline at the Otkritie Arena stadium. The band is returning to Moscow with a new album, “The Getaway,” set for release in June. The second day headliner is Lana Del Rey, who is coming to Moscow with her latest album, “Honeymoon.” Other “Park Livers” include Russian pop-rock veterans Splin, British soul star John Newman and Irish indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club. Read more
Otkritie Arena 
29.07.16  23:00 Plaid & The Bee (UK)
Plaid is a British electronic music duo from London, composed of Andy Turner and Ed Handley. They were founding members of The Black Dog and used many other names, such as Atypic (Andy Turner) and Balil (Ed Handley), before settling on Plaid. They have collaborated with female singers Mara Carlyle, Nicolette and Björk, and have released records on the labels Clear, Peacefrog, Black Dog Productions, and Warp Records (along with Trent Reznor's label Nothing Records). Plaid is generally described as IDM and has been referred to by some critics as "post-techno." Note that IDM is a term used in America for what was referred to as Ambient Techno in Britain during the early to mid-1990s and later as Electronic Music. They are known to employ a variety of time-signatures in their music and often create syncopated beats and melodies using a variety of real instruments and samples. Read more
Sixteen Tons 
30.07.16  12:00 Afisha Picnic: Chemical Brothers (UK), Leningrad (Russia), Benjamin Clementine (UK)
The Afisha Picnic Festival of music, lifestyle and special events returns in Kolomenskoye Estate, the ex-royal estate and one of the most spectacular public park in Moscow, which is filled with historical and architectural treasures, on 30th July 2016. Since its debut in 2004, Afisha Picnic continues to lead the way as a pioneering festival offering a second to none programme of music and arts, leisure and lifestyle activities. Following the concept of a vibrant mix of a professional music festival, with performances of internationally acclaimed artists and distinguished talents coming from the local independent music scene, and a dynamic urban event, Afisha Picnic brings every fraction of the open air and entertainment activity together in one place, providing a very engaging and versatile surroundings for different audiences, either for individuals or families. Afisha Picnic 2016 promises to be an inspirational and entertaining, sophisticated and scintillating one-day festival, that encompasses four components: Music, Market, Entertainment and Food. Music section features a whole bunch of super stars: Chemical Brothers (UK), Leningrad (Russia), Benjamin Clementine (UK), Omar Souleyman (Syria), Adrian Younge (USA), Tesla Boy (Russia), Shawn Lee (USA) & Soul Surfers (Russia) and many others. Read more
Kolomenskoye Museum and Park 
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