Russian music festival Outline has been officially canceled after authorities claimed the event failed to meet fire safety requirements and fire permits. The festival has said, however, that government officials were the ones who purposefully halted their preparations despite having the proper documents. Attempts to find a replacement venue have been blocked by authorities.
Military members have reportedly been sighted outside of the would-be Outline venue, in order to pacify any potential backlash from attendees. The festival will refund all ticket purchases.
Outline took to Facebook to give an official statement on the cancellation and incident with law enforcement. Read the full post below.
“This afternoon government officials entered the Outline grounds unannounced and prevented the organizers and workers from setting up the festival’s stages, installations and infrastructure—despite the fact that Outline applied for and received all permits and licenses necessary to throw the event in a legally appropriate amount of time.
Due to these unfortunate circumstances beyond our control, the festival was forced to close and was prohibited from moving to other venues in the city. Outline is deeply saddened by the authorities’ decision to shut down the event, and we sincerely regret the inconvenience to all of our guests in Moscow, throughout Russia and around the world. We would like to thank all of the artists, crew and volunteers who put so much love and time into building out all of the installations and stages on site. We would like to list the artists here who’s work will sadly not be exhibited.
Yan Kalnberzin & Polina Bakhtina
Kieran Behan (Crystal Mafia)
Marie Alice Brandner-Wolfszahn – (Crocodilopolis)
Idan Hayosh & Morten J. Olsen
Mosa 87 + Pablo Tomek
Despite the devastating turn of events Outline will stand strong against the powers that be and continue to create spaces where we are free to do what we love.”
Source: Resident Advisor