Since last year Russia is living under quite intense political and economical pressure of Western society but local psychedelic “aborigines” seems to have obtained a sort of immunity to such conditions as the upcoming summer will see as many festivals as never before. Among established Russian Festivals such as Trimurti, Insomnia and Systo country got solid addition Chill Out Planet Festival ( named after famous psyware brand) happening for 2 nd time and a couple of promising newcomers such as Imaginarium Festival that also to display good choice of international act like Zyce, Flegma, Ectima, Fobi to name but a few and Open air season first event “Beams of Light” is granted to happen in Crimea that was recently reunited with Russia again. Also happening this summer Tortuga Festival on stunning location on an island in a lake near Moscow masterminded by XP Voodoo himself and celebrating 20 years of trance action in Russia, and Skazka (Fairy Tale) festival in the end of season. And that is amazing, that in such tricky situation with Russian currency speculation that made it much more complicated to bring international acts to the country, promoters still manage to offer solid line ups full of top notch acts from around the globe.
Russian producers continue to grow and deliver remarkable releases to psychedelic galactic sound systems. Scene veteran Fungus Funk is ready to deliver a new album on Pixan records in his trademark sound so as Russian legend Psykovsky with in double album this time. Sonic Elysium made quite a breakthrough on market with its new album recently. A couple of promising acts like Wishi whose debut album is going to be released on World People Rec this year and forest acts Propagul and PsycOma are the ones to keep an eye on if you are into more darker side of psytrance. Also not to be missed new albums by Sulima on TimeCode records and psyprogressive reincarnation of another russian veteran Den Kozlov aka Peace Data won Urobros records later this year! Also relatively new solid acts like Universcience, Space Healers will finnally deliver full albums this year!
Worth to mention that established Russian psytrance label Vertigo is celebrate a decade of spinning around with bunch of solid compilation releases featuring cream of global and local acts and special edition of of Namaste from Russia series featuring established and promising acts on Russian scene! The other significant Russian labels such as Insomnia, Sonic Chakras and OSOM music are back to business and definitely preparing something worth hearing. So check your favorite trader to get some.
It already not a secret to many international events that Russia is also a place to search for some amazing deco artists and they seemed to put a lot of effort not to doubt that. 3 Delica is cooking something for German finest Indian Summer Festival.
So we appeal to global psychedelic community, switch of TV and media channels. Pack you bags and welcome to Russia, lets have fun together.
Fungus Funk, Parasence, Samadhi, Sorrowmurk, Transdriver, Sulima, Sonic Elysium, Furious, Spintribe, 604FX, Propagul, Hystria, Wishi, CPC, Peace Data, In'R'Voice, Luminexia, Cream Corp, PsycOma, Universcience, Spacehealers
Osom Music, Insomnia, Sonic Chackras, Microcosmos, Organic Alchemy, Blitz Studios, Mystic SOund, Positive Reaction, Impulse Audio. Kiss the Sound
PARTIES & FESTIVALS
Systo Festival, Chill Out Planet Festival, Imaginarium Festival, Microcosmos Events, Insomnia Label parties, Skazaka Festival, Microcosmos Events, Abstraction OA, Psyloween.
DECO & ART
FreeTranceForm, Quantum Tribe, Troo Too Too
MORE PARTY INFO
psytrace from dark to morning
23:00 - 08:00
not developed, mostly people continue parties at home
Small 5-10 euro ( 300-600 RUR) Mid 10-15 ( 600-1000 RUR) Big: 10-20 (1000-1600 RUR) Festival 20-40 (1600-3500 RUR) beer 3-5 euro (200-300 RUR) water 2-3 (100-200 RUR)
Might be quite intense
PSY-SEEING IN RUSSIA
GROG Shop / http://ganesharoomofgoa.com/
Visit Kunst Chamber in St. Petersburg Moscow Planetarium http://www.planetarium-moscow.ru/en/
Hotels from cheap hostels to posh 5 star hotels. I think its safest and most reliable place to stay, also you will need hotel voucher to obtain tourist visa for Russia.
I think best places to eat is local canteens where people normally have lunch breaks during office hours, Food is rather cheap, well cooked and that is a chance to try what Russians do normally have at home. The only problem that stuff in such places most probably speak poor English and you need some assistant.
Initially website for local psytrance community in St. Petersburg, but become popular all around the country! Check for events, releases reviews
Russian Psychedelic Community
party calendar, articles about culture and music, free music downloads and many more
one of the oldest psytrance portals, party calender, forum, Local djs promo mixes and party pictures
Never buy non-alcoholic beer in Russia, as we have another much more better bread drink - Kvas, that taste like beer especially being cold.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dj Unitone Vertigo Rec. & Z-Plane Rec. label manager, artist bookings manager & stage manager Trimurti Festival
Dj, label manager, bookings manager and party animal
intelligent psychoactive music of all kinds