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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:
29.07.17  12:00 Afisha Picnic: Kasabian, Foals, Griby, Glintshake
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 29th July 2017. 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 2017 promises unique mix of the professional music festival format that features performances of international artists and local independent musicians and urban-style event with a wide array of entertainment, such as a designersí market, a gastronomic area, games and crafts, sports and amusements, lectures and workshops. Music section features a whole bunch of super stars. On the 29th of July you need to be there because Kasabian, a band that needs no introduction, will be taking to the main stage. Other noteworthy names include English indie rockers Foals, one of the most interesting music formations in the post-Soviet space Griby and Glintshake, a young and promising indie rock band from Moscow. Also are scheduled: A$AP Ferg (US)​, Hasky (Russia), Everything Everything (UK), Orlando Julius & the Heliocentrics (Nigeria), Great Revivers (Russia), Luna (Ukraine), Kito Jempere Band (Russia), Antokha MC (Russia) and Constantine (US). Read more
Kolomenskoye Museum and Park 
30.08.17 alt-J (UK)
In 2012, alt-J's debut album won the British Mercury Prize. alt-J were also nominated for three Brit Awards (British Breakthrough Act, British Album of the Year and British Group of the Year). "An Awesome Wave" was announced as BBC Radio 6 Music Album of the Year 2012. Alt-J (sometimes stylised ∆) was formed when Gwil Sainsbury (guitar, bass), Joe Newman (guitar, vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards), and Thom Green (drums) met at Leeds, UK University in 2007. The band currently resides in Cambridge. Unger-Hamilton studied English Literature; the other three Fine Art. In their second year of studies, Newman showed Sainsbury a handful of his own songs inspired by his guitar-playing dad and hallucinogens, and the pair began recording in their dorm rooms with Sainsbury acting as producer on Garageband. Having forged their own unique sound combining elements of electronic, folk and guitar music, the band recorded and released their debut album "An Awesome Wave" in 2012. Critically lauded, "An Awesome Wave" won the Mercury Music Prize, an Ivor Novello "Album Award" for songwriting and three BRIT award nominations. The album has now gone platinum in the UK and sold over 1,000,000 albums worldwide. Read more
Stadium Live 
 
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