June 25, 2008
TORONTO (CMARM) - Russia's emo rock band Roulette is upset after it was announced today that they were not going to be included in the official line-up at this summer's second annual Rogers Picnic Music Festival in Toronto, Canada.
Roulette's lead singer, Nikolay "Nikki" Minkov who, after almost a decade, still refuses to speak to the press or the rest of the band, deferred comment, via text message, on the situation to Roulette's bassist, Alexey Belov.
Belov complained, "I don't understand why. Is this personal or politics? I don't think that anyone on that continent can afford to ignore our following or our music. We love America, especially Toronto - nice style, nice women but it doesn't matter - Roulette doesn't need Rogers Picnic, Rogers Picnic needs Roulette."
When reached for response regarding their line-up decision, Rogers Picnic organizers and promoters declined comment.
Rogers Picnic is a one day, outdoor music festival being held Sunday July 20th this summer at Toronto's Historic Fort York. Confirmed artist include City and Colour, Cat Power, Animal Collective, Tokyo Police Club, Born Ruffians, The Carps, Chromeo, Vampire Weekend, and Dizzee Rascal. Rogers Picnic event details and ticket information can be found online at rogerspicnic.com.