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Hundred of thousands Russian rockers waving National flag, Jolly Roger and Confederate flag at Nashestvie-2008.
Location(s) Russia
Years active since 1999
Founded by Nashe Radio
Genre Rock Music

Nashestvie (Russian: Нашествие) is one of the largest open-air festival of Russian rock, organized by Nashe Radio station. It is held annually during the first weekend of August somewhere in the environs of Moscow, Russia, since 1999 (open air since 2000) to this day with the exception of 2007. Nashestvie changed its venue several times: it was initially set in Ramenskoye, Moscow Oblast, but recently it moved northwest to Tver Oblast.

The festival's name is a word play in Russian: it literally means "invasion", but is also derived from the name of Nashe Radio (Our Radio). Media also dubbed it "Russian Woodstock".[1][2][3]



Nashestvie is participated by majority of Russia's most popular rock artists (such as Aria, Alisa, Agatha Christie, Splean, Korol i Shut), as well as bands from Ukraine and Belarus, such as Okean Elzy or Lyapis Trubetskoy. Most of the headliners represent usual Nashe Radio playlist.

Bands are not paid for participating in Nashestvie (unlike those participating in rival Krylya Festival). Instead the festival is used as a free promotion for them. Young and obscure bands can participate in Nashestvie too,[4] they play in the mornings or, since 2005, on special separate stages. Some of the bands, namely Epidemia and Melnitsa, that begun their Nashestvie history in "genre ghettos", recently started to play on the main stage.


Year Date and venue Audience Notes Headliners
Nashestvie-1999 10-11 December, Gorbunov Palace of Culture, Moscow 10,000 This first festival was the only to be held indoor, not counting "virtual" Nashestvie-2003. Bi-2, Zemfira, Okean Elzy, Zdob si Zdub, Linda
Nashestvie-2000 19-20 August, Ramenskoe Hippodrome, Moscow Oblast 60,000[5] First of the classical open-air Nashestvies. Agatha Christie, Korol i Shut, Bi-2, Zemfira, Leningrad, Lyapis Trubetskoy, Tarakany!, Kirpichi
Nashestvie-2001 4-5 August, Ramenskoe Hippodrome, Moscow Oblast 100,000 to 120,000 Aria, Korol i Shut, Splean, Bi-2, Leningrad, Nogu Svelo!, Nochniye Snaiperi
Nashestvie-2002 10-11 August, Ramenskoe Hippodrome, Moscow Oblast 180,000 Nashestvie's audience record to date. Aria, Korol i Shut, Aquarium, Agatha Christie, Splean, Bi-2, Zemfira, Dolphin, Piknik
Nashestvie-2003 2-3 August, Moscow, Nashe Radio studio Radio audience The open air performance was cancelled after terrorist attacks at the Krylya Festival the same year. Instead, there was a "virtual festival" with bands performing live on air in the Nashe Radio studio.[2] Mashina Vremeni, Aria, Agatha Christie, Splean, Bi-2, Zemfira, Dolphin, Leningrad.
Nashestvie-2004 7-8 August, Emmaus, Tver Oblast 50,000 New venue in Tver suburbs, farther from Moscow. It will host Nashestvie for the next several years. Nautilus Pompilius (special one-concert reunion), Aria, Bravo, Splean, Bi-2, Zemfira, Okean Elzy, Mumiy Troll, Epidemia
Nashestvie-2005 5-7 August, Emmaus, Tver Oblast 53,000 First Nashestvie to last for three days. Three scenes were built, and performance continued simultaneously. The major scene was for mainstream classic rock, second for punk and heavy metal bands, and the third for "unconventional" styles such as reggae, ska, folk. Alisa, Korol i Shut, Agatha Christie, Kipelov, DDT, Splean, Bi-2, Zemfira, Dolphin, Leningrad, Lyapis Trubetskoy, Melnitsa, Amatory.
Nashestvie-2006 4-6 August, Sredizemny Mys near Ryazan, Ryazan Oblast 100,000 This year the festival split into official Nashe Radio's Nashestvie in Ryazan, and rival Emmaus Festival, held on the same site in Tver Oblast as in 2004-05 but without Nashe Radio promotion. Aria, Alisa, Korol i Shut, Agatha Christie, Splean, Bi-2, Melnitsa, Bravo, Lyapis Trubetskoy, Okean Elzy, Epidemia, Amatory.
Nashestvie-2007 was cancelled because of a conflict over organisational problems between Nashe and the Ryazan Oblast administration.

Emmaus Festival was held on the old venue without Nashe license, attracting 40,000 and featuring Aria, Alisa, Agatha Christie, Chayf.

Nashestvie-2008 4-6 July, Emmaus, Tver Oblast 100,000 Nashestvie and Emmaus Festival reunited again under the moniker of Nashestvie.

This particular festival received much criticism. It rained during performance, and the field turned out to be not prepared to heavy rain, which resulted in areas of wet mud. Next year Emmaus venue was finally abandoned by any of the festivals.

Aria, Alisa, DDT, Korol i Shut, Agatha Christie, Splean, Bi-2, Bravo, Lyapis Trubetskoy, Epidemia.
Nashestvie-2009 10-12 July, Bolshoe Zavidovo, Tver Oblast 80,000 to 100,000 Festival moved to a larger venue several kilometres southeast from Emmaus, due to the number of visitors. Alisa, Kipelov, Korol i Shut, Splean, Melnitsa, Mumiy Troll, Bravo, Lyapis Trubetskoy, Piknik, Flëur
Nashestvie-2010 9-11 July, Bolshoe Zavidovo, Tver Oblast 130,000 Aria, Alisa, Korol i Shut, DDT, Agatha Christie, Splean, Okean Elzi, Lyapis Trubetskoy, Melnitsa, Epidemia.


  1. ^ Nemtsova, Anna (September 11, 2006). "A Russian Woodstock: rock and roll and revolution?; not for this generation. (Nashestviye Festival)". Newsweek. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
  2. ^ a b Reich, Rebecca (August 1, 2003). "Nashe Radio Unveils an All New Fest". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
  3. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (July 6, 2009). "Danger: rock invasion". Moscow News: №25. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
  4. ^ Introducing Moscow
  5. ^ Filipov, David (August 28, 2000). Rock Festival Softens Rigors of Russian Life". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-12-07.

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