What are Serpukhov residents happy and afraid of while waiting for “Invasion” – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

The traditional rock festival “Invasion” this year will be held from July 30 to August 1 at a new site – in Serpukhov near Moscow. The change of location will give a fresh impetus to the development of the festival, the organizers of the event are sure. Hosting the largest rock festival in the country is prestigious, they say in the regional tourism committee. And only the residents of Serpukhov are worried. “Rock fans are not connoisseurs of classical music. What will they leave behind on the festival grounds?” – wrote to “RG” Serpukhovichi from the dacha association “Rodnik”.

Rock and everything else

“Invasion” is three days of quality rock in the open air. It is unlikely that anywhere else you can see such a high-quality musical composition on one site. This year, for example, “Spleen”, “Time Machine”, “Alice”, Lumen, “Crematorium”, “Accident”, “SerGa”, “Naiv”, Gleb Samoilov and The Matrixx will perform. The headliner of the third day will be Diana Arbenina and the Night Snipers group. “Invasion” turned 22 years old, and during all this time it was not carried out in the usual format only twice: in 2003, when a terrorist attack took place at a similar festival “Wings” in Tushino, and in 2020 because of a pandemic. By the way, the first couple of years “Invasion” took place in the Moscow region – in Ramenskoye, and only then the event moved to the Tver region.

The festival lasts for three days, several civilized tent cities are set up near the concert venues, where those who have come from afar and intend to stay for all three days live. Moreover, you can bring your own tent, or you can rent it on the spot. Many people prefer to stay in the nearest hotels, from where on the days of the festival there is usually a daily transfer to the dance floor and back. The organizers of the festival make sure that people rest in comfort, that there are enough parking spaces near the site, and on its territory there are toilets, showers and food courts. It is strictly forbidden to bring alcohol into the territory; in food courts, only beer is sold from alcohol.

As the “RG” was told in the Moscow Region Tourism Committee, the site for the “Invasion” in Serpukhov was changed twice, moving it further and further away from settlements and SNT. The option, in which the locals will definitely not hear the bass of rock, was eventually found on a field between the villages of Zaitsevo, Glazovo-2 and Yakshino.

Spectators and residents

In recent years, more than 200 thousand people have steadily come to the “Invasion”. But this year there will be fewer viewers. This is primarily due to antique safety. “We want to hold the festival as safely as possible for both spectators and artists. That is why” Invasion “-2021 will become the first COVID-free festival in Russia. This means that the entrance to the territory will be possible only if you have a passport of a vaccinated or negative PCR- test for coronavirus, passed no earlier than 72 hours before arrival at the event, “said festival manager Evgenia Kiseleva, noting that this requirement, of course, will bring certain inconveniences to everyone, but it is much more important to survive the Invasion without consequences.

Serpukhovskoe “Invasion” -2021 will be the first COVID-free festival in Russia

Another limiting factor may be the postponement of the festival dates. A year ago, when no one thought about changing the location, it was said that the event would take place from 23 to 25 July. But in the Moscow region on the same dates the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS has already been announced. Therefore, “Invasion” had to move a little. However, not all viewers are as mobile in their plans. “My husband and I are doctors, we work in the North in conditions of staff shortage, vacations are distributed almost a year in advance, so everyone is carefully planning trips to the warmth. For the second year now, we are adjusting vacations to the dates of the festival. And now none of our colleagues will change with us.” , – complains in social networks Yulia Taskaeva from Ukhta. And there are many like her. So the pandemonium that the residents of Serpukhov are so afraid of is unlikely to happen.

And people are also worried about security and elementary issues. “There is nothing to be afraid of,” says Nashestvia media director Sergei Gorbachev. “The field where the festival will take place has an owner, with whom all the conditions and our obligations are clearly agreed. We always leave behind exactly the same site that we entered.” … The fact that “Invasion” has “grown” strongly in recent years is also said by its constant participants. “The first festivals were more like rock parties, where people went to drink and sing along with the stars. But now these are festivals where rock lovers from different regions meet, many have made friends here, and everyone has a priority on music, and not beer, “says Aleksey Sokolov, a resident of Dmitrov. He has not missed a single “Invasion” since 2004 and claims that the main thing to worry about when going to the festival is how not to get sunburned. At concerts, the day passes unnoticed, in hot weather and in the open field, the tan sticks just like that.

The organizers promise to provide an increased level of security at their event this year: “Security is the main motive! The safety of guests, artists, local residents who are hosting the festival for the first time this year. We are very much awaited, and we do not want to let anyone down in the hospitable Moscow region “, – continues Sergey Gorbachev.

A higher level

Over the years of its existence, “Invasion” has really become a great family holiday, where they go with children and where everyone can find something to do to their liking. While parents are listening to music, children can spend time in a special children’s area, where tournaments in board games and creative workshops will be held. Young people will be invited to play volleyball and football between concerts. And in the evenings, when the guitars have died down, film screenings of modern films will begin. There will even be a lecture hall on a variety of topics, in which famous artists, writers and even astronauts perform.

“Invasion” in Serpukhov organically blended into the regional program “Summer in the Moscow Region”, which means that the event will be on a par with other well-known festivals in the Moscow Region. For example, with the festival “Cheese! Feast! Peace!”, Which takes place in Istra according to the same principle: they organize a platform in an open field, only they do not sing on it, but trade. And the locals are only happy about such a neighborhood, because when else would all the cheeses of the world come to them in an open field at the same time? So the residents of Serpukhov will receive their bonus from the neighborhood with the “Invasion”. On the territory given for the festival, cellular communication does not work well, and the Internet at times does not work at all. Now it will be fixed. And the access roads will get better.

People come to the festival not only to listen to good music, but also to meet friends from other regions. Photo: RIA Novosti

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