this year was supposed to be special in the festival movement. Most were waiting for the fans, two British open air Glastonbury, which was to celebrate the 50th (the headliner, he was appointed by Paul McCartney) and Download in castle Donington (close the festival invited Iron Maiden, Kiss, System Of a Down). Now both postponed until next year. The money for the tickets has already started to return. Although the organizers announced that “penetrations” to be valid and in 2021.

will Not happen and continuing a week – Hungarian Sziget Festival (the longest!). This year it was held already for the 28th time. But the Hungarian government has extended the ban on holding large-scale events up to August 15, 2020, and, according to this official resolution, the present Sziget Festival is also cancelled. By the way, this is a rare festival, which over the years, invited artists from Russia: Leningrad, Nada, Oligarkh, Little Big…

earlier canceled Finnish Ruisrock, German Rock am Ring, Rock im Park and even the “Oktoberfest”. American and Coachella (where it should be “Leningrad”) suffered a fall.

Russia has postponed to a later date, depending on the epidemiological situation – the festival “wild mint” and “Usadba Jazz”. The organizers allowed the migration of these open air already for next year.

But the main Russian rock-festival “Invasion”, scheduled for 24-26 July in the Big Zavidovo the Tver region, yet continues to introduce participants and sell tickets.

may 7 on his official website appeared “the appeal of the organizers of the festival in connection with the pandemic COVID-19”. Here’s the full text:

“Dear friends! Everyone who has experienced “INVASION”, and survive the virus. Sure! We are all concerned about the current epidemiological situation in the country and introduced in connection with the pandemic of restrictions in the sphere of concert and entertainment events. Would like to support all of OUR and the following:

1) the restrictions are temporary, will be softened and then removed as the decline of the epidemic. It’s obvious! 2) preparations for the festival “INVASION” continues! 3) the safety and health of the audience are an absolute priority in preparation for the festival. We do not consider the possibility of cancellation of the festival and are closely monitoring the situation to take the necessary action at the right time, which will immediately notify you. Stay with us!”

I would Like to agree with many of these words. But given the experience of foreign festivals, and how the evolving epidemiological situation in the world and in Russia, until, probably, still does not work, alas.