Despite the rainy weather, Nashestviye, Russia's biggest open-air rock festival, was able to draw attendance upwards of 100,000, one of its best turnouts in recent years organizers say.
Among the headliners for the July 4-6 edition were DDT, Agata Kristi, Alisa and Bi-2.
A spokesman tells Billboard.biz that attendance fest was higher only in the early 2000s, when it took place in the town of Ramenskoye near Moscow, attracting up to 180,000 people, most of which came from the capital.
Organized by the FM station Nashe Radio, the three-day Nashestviye event no doubt benefited from being this summer's only large-scale rock festival in Russia.
To secure a location, Nashestviye this year merged with rival fest Emmaus. Emmaus had battled with local authorities in Ryazan region last year over its prospective location, resulting in the fest's cancellation.
The Nashestviye spokesperson says the festival partnership should continue for at least another four years. He wouldn't disclose the fest's budget or revenues, noting events of this kind "are much less profitable than people think."
Meanwhile, another noteworthy rock festival, Krylya, has been cancelled this year. The event had been held at Tushino aerodrome near Moscow since 1998. A spokesman for the Efes brewery, one of the festival's sponsors, tells Billboard.biz that the break was necessary to prepare next year's event, which will be "a grandiose show in a new, revolutionary format."