May 26, 2002 the international Rock Zone Ultra festival was held in Moscow at the Tushino airfield (capacity – about 15,000)! JSA Promoter, together with ULTRA radio station and with the support of BMG Russia prepared and successfully held this cool event. For the first time in the practice of festivals in Russia, the JSA Promoter team gathered several top idols of a youth audience on one large stage as part of a single project.
The German English-singing rock musicians – Guano Apes and H-Blockx, and beginners but already well-known bands Reinvented and [LAW], as well as the popular Russian rock group Kukryniksy performed on one big stage. The concert program of the festival was planned for the whole day and was held non-stop.
There were many fast food points; surely alcohol was banned for sale. According to the rules, it was possible to sell beer, but the Militsiya (police) at the last moment banned the sale for unjustified reasons. And also for some reason, the Moscow Militsiya (Police) Department sent a lot of soldiers for security. What was unusual for such an event and completely in vain. Unfortunately, the JSA Promoter team did not have an official opportunity to influence this situation.
The day of May 26 was not chosen by chance – traditionally on May 25 in all schools the “Last Bell” sounds of the schoolyear. Therefor many young people and students willingly came to this interesting festival, which JSA aspecial organized for them in Tushino. Great event to relax and get positive energy on the first day of holiday. Moreover, the ticket price of 300 rubles (10 euros) for this case for a whole day of live music, sun and relaxation was quite affordable for many. As a result, the festival went well giving fans a feast of alternative rock music and good mood.
Producing such a festival was a kind of experiment for the live music concert market in Russia. As a result, everything turned out well and this was the next step into the future in the festivals direction in big country. Until that time, none of the promoters in Russia had yet held a festival with the participation of such a quantity and level of relevant Western young musicians.
In addition, the second year in a row, Guano Apes soloist Sandra Nasich celebrated her birthday in Moscow. It was May 25 the day before the show. And the day before the band performed his show at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg Nevertheless, Sandra Nasich and other members of the Guano Apes, as the headliner of the festival, gave a press conference and arrived on radio Ultra to participate in a special program for advertising the festival.
The JSA Promoter team expresses its special gratitude to Michael Kozyrev, general producer of the ULTRA radio station, for their assistance and cooperation for this event. Many thanks to the record company BMG Russia and personally head of marketing – Tofik Sadykov for supporting this festival. BMG has released the series of CD (collections of varius artists) under the general name Rock Zone Ultra.
Internet Portal OnAir.ru: “ROCK-ZONE ULTRA 2002”
Newspaper “Kommersant” №89 / 05.28.2002: Rock Zone Ultra Festival in Tushino
The newspaper “Vash Dosug (Your Leisure)” 05/16/2002: “Rock Zone Ultra”: continuous extreme!
Internet Portal of Musical News ZVUKI.RU: We live in the Zone. Rock Zone.
JSA STAGE installed for this festival a large stage, FOH tower and other structures made of Layher elements, backstage tents, barriers, fances and many other facilities for the festival infrastructure.
Below you can see some photos of the musicians of the Guano Apes band taken during the soundchecks before the festival.
Alexander Strizhak Managing Director of JSA and promoter of the Rock Zone Ultra festival 2002
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