Raw Fest, a festival scheduled to feature many Russian and Eastern European punk and hardcore acts, was canceled in Moscow this past weekend amid political pressure from authorities just hours before the expected kickoff. Its the second large music event nixed in the Russian capital on short notice in as many weeks.
"We spent the entire day with law enforcers, and they gave us many reasons why the festival shouldn't go ahead," the organizers wrote in a now-deleted message on the festival's page on local social network VKontakte. "The law enforcers promised us and [audiences] all kinds of problems, even if we moved the festival to another location… There is no alternative to cancelation of the festival." The statement was published late on July 8, just hours before the two-day fest.