The party season has officially started in St Petersburg with the Off by Roots United at ArtPlay, but if you are not much of a party type you can still opt for a more quiet jazz concert, open lectures, games with expats, or a light festival. Check out our events to find the ones most suited to your taste and budget
Event: White Lies
About: White Lies is 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. Find more concerts this Spring here.
When: Thursday 20 April, 8pm
Where: A2 Green Concert club, 3 Medikov Prospekt, St Petersburg, 197022
Price: From 1,400 to 3,000 roubles (tickets)
Event: Blues in the head show by Billy’s Band
About: Billy’s Band, a must-see local band from St Petersburg, plays a mix of blues, swing, jazz, and rock. The band was founded in 2001 by Billy Novick and Andrey Reznikov and since then, has recorded three live albums, three singles, and several compilations. The musicians describe their style as “romantic alco-jazz” and they are one of the few popular bands in Russia that practice the DIY model: releasing, distributing, and advertising records and organising concerts and tours themselves. Buy a ticket here.
When: Friday 21 April
Where: Erarta, 2 29th Line Of Vasilievsky Ostrov, St Petersburg, 199106
Price: From 1,000 to 10,000 roubles
Event: Light Festival
About: The third light festival in a row in St Petersburg will take place around the building of the new stadium. The theme of the festival will be the history of St Petersburg and national football. The event is expected to attract around 20 thousand viewers.
When: Saturday 22 April, from 10pm
Where: Sibur Arena, 1 Futbolnaya Alleya, St Petersburg, 197110
Event: Library Night
About: On Saturday the annual Library Night event will take place in St Petersburg. The programme will be rich with different events, from readings and games to movies and exhibitions. The events will take place in different libraries in the city. Find the complete programme here (Russian only).
When: Saturday 22 April
Where: Find the different locations here
Event: Off by Roots United
About: Get ready for one of the biggest parties of the season: Off By Roots United will take place this weekend at ArtPlay. Numerous artists will be performing in the three different rooms, dedicated to electronic, house dance, and breakbeat. Find the complete line-up here.
When: Saturday 22 April
Where: ArtPlay, 3 Krasnogvardeyskaya Ploshchad, St Petersburg, 195027
Price: 1,300 roubles
Event: Films from the north
About: Tromsø International Film Festival will present its new short-film programme with six short movies, from fairy tales about the sea and redneck drama to torments of youth and self-assured city dwellers.
When: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April
Where: Rodina Kino, 12 Karavannaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 191023
Price: 250 roubles
Language: Original language with Russian subtitles
Event: Team game for expatriates at Dead Poets
About: Meet new people and dive into Russian culture in an evening of fun games aimed at improving your knowledge of Russian food, history, music, and habits.
When: Sunday 23 April, from 6pm to 9pm
Where: Dead Poets Bar, 12 Zhukovskogo Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 191014
Event: 170 Evening w/ Klute (Commercial Suicide, UK)
About: On Sunday Mosaique will host the second event of the 170 evening series with a special host from the UK: Klute, one of the pioneers of breakbeat and the founder of the Commercial Suicide Records label.
When: Sunday 23 April, from 6pm to midnight
Where: Mosaique, 2 Konushennaya Ploshchad, St Petersburg, 191186
Price: 700 roubles or 400 roubles if you share the event. Follow the link here.
Event: Bee Pop
About: Start your week discovering some local bands. On Monday, St Petersburg’s Bee Pop band will exhibit at Birjabar with their mix of jazz and classical soul funk.
When: Monday 24 April, from 8pm
Where: Birjabar (Биржа Бар), 4 Birjevoy Pereulok, St Petersburg, 199004
Price: 100 roubles