The groups “Bi-2” and “Splin” disappeared from the number of participants in the festival “Brother-2: Live Soundtrack”, which is to be held in Moscow on March 4. For changes in the poster caught the eye CASS.
NCA, which is the organizer of the festival, told the agency that the composition of participants had changed, but declined to comment.
“We are not commenting on this yet,” Splin Group director Alexander Morozov told RTVI.
“The organizer reserves the right to modify the list of participants”, – said on the site of the Music Media Dome concert hall, where the event will take place.
The four-hour “Brother-2: Live Soundtrack” festival will take place on March 4. On the Music Media Dome site, among the participants are Vyacheslav Butusov, Vadim Samoilov, the leader of the Semantic Hallucinations group Sergey Bobunets, Nastya Poleva and the group Masha and the Bears. Hosts of the festival will be actress Irina Saltykova and Oleg Garkusha from the Auktyon group.
Scandals with the concerts of “Spleen” and “Bi-2”
In August 2022, the leader of the Splin group, Alexander Vasiliev, at the Chernozem festival in the Voronezh region, supported the rock bands that left Russia after the start of the military operation in Ukraine, and dedicated the song to them “No Exit”. As a result, the festival’s live broadcast was cut and Spleen’s performance was later cut from the recording.
After that in Moscow canceled Performance by Splin at the Music with a Strong Character festival.
In April 2022, the Bi-2 group canceled a concert in Omsk. Ivan Kolesnik, first deputy minister of youth, physical culture and sports of the Omsk region, said the show was canceled due to a banner reading “For the president” hung on the stage of the Krasnaya Zvezda stadium. According to him, the “technical staff” covered the banner with a black cloth, and when the administration of the stadium tried to remove it, the musicians refused to perform.
“B2” explainthat for each show a “black cabinet” is built around the stage to isolate it visually. “It is an integral part of the scenography: we build a similar structure at all our concerts”, explains the group. According to the musicians, the administration of the Omsk site, just before the concert, began to dismantle the decor, “because the stage covered the poster of the previous event”, and refused to let the public into the room.
In July, Fontanka released a list of “undesirable” musicians, which would be distributed to promoters. The Bi-2 group was also there.
In the same month, the musicians were booed during a performance after the Russian Super Cup match between Spartak Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg. Singer Bi-2 Egor (Leva) Bortnik wore a Spartak scarf, which caused discontent among fans of the St. Petersburg team.
The Ministry of Justice and the State Duma’s Investigative Group on Anti-Russian Activities (GRAD) in the field of culture became interested in Bi-2’s performance at the Super Bowl. The GRAD entered “Bi-2” in its register of “agents of foreign influence” and asked the Ministry of Sports for information on the initiator of the musicians’ performance in order to register him as an “accomplice”.
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