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Preview: Pussy Riot – 20/08/18 – Riverside, Newcastle

10/08/2018

It will undoubtedly prove to be a pub quiz question in years to come. Name the only band to have ever made an appearance during the World Cup Final. The answer of course, is Pussy Riot…

They managed to invade the pitch at this year’s final between France and Croatia in their native city of Moscow. As much an an all-girl political protest movement as they are a band, Pussy Riot are a performing arts collective that tackle such issues as feminism, LGBT rights and political imprisonment.

They are strongly opposed to what they see as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dictatorship government which rules the country. And, as the World Cup proved, they are not afraid to risk arrest, trial and imprisonment for their cause.  

Indeed, the world were first introduced to Pussy Riot when they performed a guerrilla style punk rock concert in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012. They were subsequently arrested and jailed for sacrilegious behaviour and hooliganism.  

Pussy Riot were deemed by Amnesty International to be prisoners of conscience and received support from all over the world for their rebellious actions and commitment to liberal ideals.  The group’s political concerns are motivated by Western injustices taking place not just in Russia.

Their track ‘Make America Great Again,’ foretold Trump’s presidency and received praise from the influential Rolling Stone magazine. Just who the current members of Pussy Riot are remains open to debate. However they will be embarking on a UK tour which will include Newcastle’s Riverside on 20th August. It is sure to be a unique and unmissable event.

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Paul broadhead

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