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Culture Picks
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:
21.07.19  17:00 Metallica (USA)
The legendary hard rock band is back in Russia after a long break. American quartet Metallica were one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the '80s and '90s, inspiring generations of rockers with their early thrash and later hard rock sounds before settling into their roles as a popular legacy act in the 2000s. Responsible for bringing the metal genre back to earth, the bandmates looked and talked like they were from the street, shunning the usual rock star games of metal musicians during the mid-'80s pop-metal renaissance. Metallica also expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions. Read more
Luzhniki Sports Palace 
23.07.19  19:00 Christina Aguilera (USA)
One of the most successful singers of her generation, the winner of 5 Grammy Awards, who has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, announces the first European tour in 13 years! Christina Aguilera spun a late-'90s breakthrough into an evolving and genre-hopping career that focused on uplifting ballads and sexually liberated anthems delivered with her iconic voice. Aguilera is also a well-known songwriter, producer and a movie actress. She was repeatedly called one of the most influential women in show business. Her setlist for The X Tour will include classic pop hits Dirrty, Genie in a Bottle, Ain’t No Other Man and Fighter, as well as the best songs from the album Liberation. No doubt this is the main summer concert, which is impossible to miss! Read more
VTB Arena Park 
25.07.19  20:00 Sound Up forte
The SOUND UP new music festival is launching a new formal - an annual piano festival SOUND UP forte which will offer a chance to deep dive into the infinite piano universe and get to know its many faces and voices. The festival will bring together representatives of different musical styles with different approaches to the instrument (academic, electronic, experimental and even pop music) and present their most interesting works to the audience. The first "SOUND UP forte" will represent a dialogue between the artists of the academic scene and electronic music featuring electronic producers Mujuice, Long Arm and Azamat and academic musicians Vladimir Martynov, Alexey Lyubimov, Mikhail Dubov, and Vladimir Ivanov-Rakievsky. Read more
Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val 
29.07.19  19:30 Rammstein (Germany)
Germany's biggest rock export, Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein burst onto the international radar in the late '90s with their breakthrough sophomore set, 1997's Sehnsucht, and its accompanying hit single "Du Hast." With their aggressive blend of heavy metal riffs, dramatic orchestration, and synth-forward electronic production, the band quickly evolved from a sonic novelty into a reliably hard-hitting machine that never shied away from controversy. In 2019, the band unveiled a new era with the single "Deutschland" and its controversial music video that focused on Germany's past and possible future. The song quickly shot to number one in Germany, Hungary, and Switzerland. In Russia, this industrial metal and hard rock band will perform their well-known and recent singles at Moscow’s largest venue – Luzhniki Grand Sport Arena. Read more
Luzhniki Sports Palace 
04.08.19  20:00 Jennifer Lopez (USA)
It`s My Party: Jennifer Lopez celebrates her grand anniversary together with Russian fans! Seven years later, the pop diva makes a triumphant return to Russia with a single show: August 4 – Moscow, VTB Arena – Central Stadium “Dynamo” named after Lev Yashin. J. Lo has a lot of surprises for the party at the stadium accommodating thousands of fans: a whole evening of hits from the times of Jenny from the Block, incredible choreography, brilliant costumes and stage design, chic and glamour. In early April, Lopez made her debut with the new single and music video Medicine featuring American rapper French Montana. During the forthcoming tour It’s My Party, fans will have the opportunity to appreciate the live performance of the pop diva’s latest release for the first time. The singer has transformed the music industry in the course of her breathtaking career: more than 40 million albums sold, 16 hits topping the world charts, three albums No.1 in the US and Europe. Read more
VTB Arena Park 
16.03.19-18.08.19 Ilya Repin
A large-scale exhibition of works by the most renowned Russian painter of the 19th century Ilya Repin (1844-1930) will present a modern interpretation of his art. The exhibition, located on three floors in the largest exhibition halls of the Tretyakov Gallery, will include more than 180 paintings and more than 130 graphic works. In addition to well-known paintings (Barge Haulers on the Volga, Unexpected Return, Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire), little-known works were selected for the exhibition, and they will be a real discovery for the public. The highlight of the exhibition will be the display of the large-format canvas Ceremonial Sitting of the State Council on 7 May, 1901 from the collection of the State Russian Museum. Read more
Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val 
05.11.19  19:00 Scorpions (Germany)
The most beloved and popular rock band in Russia is coming back to us with its Crazy World Tour! “When our album ‘Crazy World’ was released right at the end of the Cold War, we toured around a world that was pretty crazy back then, but there was so much hope in the air for a more peaceful future,” said Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine. “Now things are getting more crazy every other day”. Even if things are getting more crazy and unpredictable every other day, the love of Russian fans for Scorpions has been unchanged for many decades. No wonder, because Scorpions became one of the first Western rock bands to “break through” the iron curtain in 1988 and 1989. Their main hit Wind of Change telling the story of a walk through perestroika Moscow, which topped the charts of 11 countries in 1991, became the golden rock classics. And concerts in our country have consistently attracted tens of thousands of fans for 30 years. “…the main surprise of every concert is the audience itself”, says guitarist Rudolf Schenker. “The day before I was interviewed, and the journalist asked what it would be like for our international band to return to Russia again. And someone said: “No, it’s a Russian band,” and that’s the best compliment we could ever get in your country. Being able to consider yourself a Russian band is fantastic”. Read more
VTB Arena Park 
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