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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fuzz Fest to Rock Northern Capital




Vladimir Putin and his band of merry men may have abandoned St. Petersburg - but Zemfira and bands of even merrier musicians are moving in this Saturday night.


The fourth annual Fuzz Awards, a titanic-sized ceremony hosted by cult favorite Fuzz magazine, will be held at the Yubileiny Sports Palace, the same venue that on Friday will see thousands bang their heads and wave Zippos to the sounds of hard rock band Deep Purple. (Don't fret. They're coming to Moscow on Sunday.)


Fuzz magazine, founded in St. Petersburg in 1991 and still the trendy face of Russia's rock 'n' roll scene, has brought in quite a line up for the bash. Scheduled to hit the stage are the beloved and extraordinarily overplayed Zemfira, who packed Moscow's Olympic Stadium last weekend, and the legendary ska band Leningrad, which hails from its namesake city. Nike Borzov, Chicherina, Multfilmi and a number of Radio Maximum DJs will also perform.


Not surprisingly, Zemfira leads the pack in number of nominations - she's up for best band, best album ("Zemfira"), best song ("Romashki") and best new artist. Spleen follows with three nominations, while superstars Mumy Troll ring in with two.


So it's off to St. Pete - Venice of the North or Russia's rock 'n' roll capital? You decide.


To order tickets, call (812) 327-5090. The Yubileiny Sports Palace is located in St. Petersburg at 18 Ulitsa Dobrolyubova. Tel. (812) 119-5614.


- Elizabeth Wolfe