Top ten music concerts in St Petersburg this spring

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White Lies, Phantogram, Roisin Murphy – don’t miss the best live music events of this spring

Spring has finally arrived to make your stay in St Petersburg warmer and nicer. The time of great open-air music festivals starts in summer, but if you can’t live without live events, take a look at this list of spring concerts which we prepared for you. The list includes both well-known worldwide bands and singers, as well as local music groups.

Bastille

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Bastille is a British indie pop band formed in 2010 in London. Having begun as a solo project, they later expanded to include a keyboardist, guitarist, and a drummer. The band is highly inspired by David Lynch’s TV series Twin Peaks and even collaborated with him on some projects. Bastille play pompous, ambitious music that would not have been lost on the soundtrack to any film. It is worth mentioning that the band was nominated for four Brit Awards at the 2014 ceremony, and won the British Breakthrough Act.

When: 10 March, 8pm
Where: A2 Green Concert club, 3 Medikov Prospekt, St Petersburg, 197022
Price: From 2,000 to 4,500 roubles (tickets)

Roisin Murphy

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Róisín Marie Murphy is an Irish singer-songwriter and record producer. Back in the 1990s she was known as one-half of the UK trip hop duo Moloko before the band broke up. From that time, Murphy began her solo career, and released her first solo album Ruby Blue, which quickly gained popularity. Now she has four albums and has been nominated for many prizes, including Ireland’s Choice Music Prize. Her last album, Take Her Up to Monto, will be presented 17 March on the stage of A2 Green Concert.

When: 17 March, 8pm
Where: A2 Green Concert club, 3 Medikov Prospekt, St Petersburg, 197022
Price: from 2,000 to 6,000 roubles (tickets)

Seafret

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A British music duo from the small town of Bridlington. At the beginning of 2016, they came out with a debut album called Tell Me It’s Real which received warm feedback and reviews. Their song Oceans has received over 17 million views on YouTube, reflecting the band’s fame.

When: 24 March, 8pm
Where: MOD club, 7 Griboyedov channel embankment, St Petersburg, 191186
Price: 1,400 roubles (tickets)

Motorama

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Motorama is a Russian band which has received popularity not only in Russia but also in the US and Europe. Not everyone knows that the band was formed in Russia as their songs are always performed in English, which is not typical for most Russian bands.

Motorama released their first two mini-albums in a style that recalled the sound of classical post-punk, mostly associated with Joy Division. They then released their first LP, Alps, which became their most famous work. Their style of music now includes intonations of New Wave and Indie pop, and the music, in general, is more bright and melancholic than depressive.

When: 6 April, 8pm
Where: Cosmonavt club, 24 Bronnitskaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 190013
Price: From 700 to 1,700 roubles (tickets)

65daysofstatic

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The famous instrumental electronic post/math rock band, formed in Sheffield, England. Their music combines heavy guitar, keyboard, and live and electronic drums in the style of Aphex Twin. 65daysofstatic are famous for the imitations of electronic interference in their songs. The band recently released their new album No Man’s Sky and will play songs from it on their spring tour.

When: 7 April, 8pm
Where: Erarta Museum, 29th Line of Vasilievsky Ostrov, St Petersburg, 199106
Price: 1,500 to 10,000 roubles (tickets)

Phantogram

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Phantogram is an American music duo from Greenwich, New York. It’s hard to define their music but it is somewhat close to dream pop, electronic music, and trip hop. Josh Carter, a member of the band, describes their sound as “street beat and psych pop” adding that it has got “lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echoes, airy vocals.”

When: 8 April, 8pm
Where: Zal ozhidaniya club, 118 Obvodniy channel embankment, St Petersburg, 190005
Price: from 1,800 to 5,000 roubles (tickets)

Самое Большое Простое Число

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Самое Большое Простое Число (also known as СБПЧ) is an extraordinary phenomenon in contemporary Russian music. Previously an orchestra and a rock band, these days the band plays music which is hard to define. Electronic music, indie-pop, IDM (IDM – intelligent dance music) are too simple of characteristics to describe what Kirill Ivanov and Ilya Baramia do. The band is famous for their magnificent live performances, which provide unique visual and sound solutions.

On 15 April СБПЧ will present their new mini-album in St Petersburg. It is even more cheerful, includes African beats, and will make you dance until your sneakers are full of holes.

When: 15 April, 8pm
Where: Kosmonavt club, 24 Bronnitskaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 190013
Price: From 700 to 1,500 roubles (tickets)

Kiko King & Creativemaze

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Kiko King & Creativemaze is the breath of fresh air that you are looking for in experimental music. It’s a Berlin-based project which combines in electro-minimalism with darkness, a straight and gentle harmony in addition to heartfelt lyrics. They call it Airbendermusic – a combination which will not leave you indifferent.

There was always only one King at the core of the group – Kiko King, who kept his identity secret. He dazzles with his understanding of wide atmospheric musical landscapes, and is inspired by a combination of imagination and perfectionism. In his tracks, he travels freely between different styles while keeping his own signature sound.

When: 20 April, 6pm
Where: Gestalt club, 2 Konyushennaya Square, St Petersburg, 191186
Price: 800 roubles (tickets)

White Lies

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White Lies are a trio from West London which reached first place in the UK Album Chart with their debut album To Lose My Life. The band will play their most famous songs in St Petersburg as well as present their new album Friends.

Music critics compare the post-punk band White Lies with such groups as Joy Division, Interpol and Editors, on par with Arcade Fire and The Killers. Nevertheless, having been performing for more than 10 years, the White Lies have created their own distinguished style which is much appreciated not only by their fans but by all good music lovers.

When: 20 April, 8pm
Where: A2 Green Concert club, 3 Medikov Prospekt, St Petersburg, 197022
Price: From 1,400 to 3,000 roubles (tickets)

Chris Travis

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Chris Travis is an American hip-hop artist from Memphis, Tennessee. He is best known for being the creator of the WaterBoyz movement. Instead of competing with other rap artists dominating the radio, he stays true to his heart in his music. His slow-paced delivery, inherited from his native town, nonchalant lyrical content, and strong Tennessee accent appeal to all who thirst for something outside the norm. The effect of hearing Chris Travis’ live sets is comparable to diving into crystal clean water.

When: 21 April, 7pm
Where: The Place club, 47 Marshala Govorova Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 198095
Price: from 1,200 to 2,200 roubles (tickets)

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