Moscow’s beau monde was out in full force last night at the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture for the first Moscow DJ set by Jamie xx, the stage name for Jamie Smith of leading Brit group The xx. This event marked the opening of a new summer season at Garage, in partnership with Absolut, introducing some of the world’s most innovative musicians to Moscow. Smith was invited to the city because, in the words of the organisers, he stands as “an undoubtedly leading British electronic musician who has invented a totally new experimental style on the border between dubstep and garage”.
Spotted in the crowd were Vasili Tsereteli, executive director of of Moscow Museum of Modern art; Artur Lomakin, co-founder of fashion brand Forget Me Not; and and Sasha Gorbachev, the editor of popular listings magazine, Afisha. After his set, Smith told The Calvert Journal, “I’m totally happy to see so many people here. It’s quite surprising to see that all of them seem to know my tracks.” The event took place in Garage’s pop-up summer pavilion, a series of mushroom-shaped awnings on a wooden platform. The rest of The xx will be joining Smith on Tuesday night for a gig at Crocus City Hall in Moscow.