Moscow officials announce another music festival to coincide with Saturday’s election protest while prohibiting concerts at the protest itself

9:02 am, August 7, 2019

Moscow’s Gorky Park has announced that it will host a music festival called Meat&Beat on August 10 and 11. The announcement follows last Saturday’s Shashlik Live festival, which featured a similar combination of live concerts, food, very abrupt planning, and a schedule that coincided oddly well with Moscow’s election protests. Like Shashlik Live, Meat&Beat also suffered from an immediate attrition of the artists in its lineup following the festival’s announcement.

The bands OQJAV and Kurara both announced that they had not agreed to perform at Gorky Park despite appearing in the Meat&Beat schedule. While the festival kicks off from noon to 8:00 PM on Saturday, another protest for fair elections to the Moscow City Duma is scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM on Sakharov Prospect. Unlike many of the city’s previous election protests this summer, the August 10 event has received a permit from the city government. Nonetheless, the government has threatened to cancel that permit if protest organizers follow up on their plans to organize a competing concert at the protest.

The Russian acts Face, Krovostok, and IC3PEAK were all scheduled to perform at the event, according to activist and journalist Pyotr Verzilov. “City Hall knows better than you do which music should be played in Moscow and which music shouldn’t be!” Verzilov tweeted mockingly. Journalist and local government deputy Ilya Azar added that the mayor’s office had no legal right to unilaterally prohibit artists from performing at the protest. Both Verzilov and Azar indicated that the combined concert and protest may still go on, whether with or without the government’s permission.

(C) Meduzza

7 comments

  1. Pootlerstan citizens seem to be catching on a bit. How far is the Kriminalin inclined to step to keep a lid on?

  2. The ruSSkis don’t know what they want except they know they want power and control. We’ve seen this movie before. You can protest – you can’t protest. You can have music – you can’t have music. Then the ruSSkis announce the bands that didn’t even agree to perform. I hope all the rowdy bands come out and it ends up being one big cabal that ends up bringing down the Kremlin walls and all the buildings inside get painted blue.

  3. Meat & Beat is a rather appropriate name for a concert in Muscovy, or anything else the dwarf thinks will threaten his mafia regime.

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