We Will Rock You and Katyusha: Songs World Cup fans sang along to with musicians in metro

We Will Rock You and Katyusha: Songs World Cup fans sang along to with musicians in metro
Photo by Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee
Tourists sang to Queen and Metallica hits as well as Russian songs like Smuglyanka and Katyusha. The number of people listening to the Music in the Metro programme has grown by 50 percent since the beginning of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Moscow Metro listed the most popular songs played by participants in the Music in the Metro programme. Musicians play at specially designated areas in metro stations where they comply with security rules and don’t create obstacles for passengers.

“The musical tastes of the fans which came in Moscow for the World Cup are different. Most foreign tourists know bands like Queen and Metallica, so when they hear covers of We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions (Queen) and Nothing Else Matters (Metallica), they sing along, applaud, take selfies with the musicians and dance,” said Deputy Moscow Mayor, Head of the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov.

Tourists from Middle East countries often ask them to play the song Habibi (Maître Gims), which is very popular in the region. Latin American fans like to hear Asereje by the Spanish band Las Ketchup.

Foreigners also know popular Russian songs, like Smuglyanka and Katyusha, and sing along with the bands in the Music in the Metro programme.

“In addition to world famous hits, the bands also play their own instrumental music, which proved to be very interesting to tourists,” Maxim Liksutov noted.

The number of people listening to the Music in the Metro programme has grown by 50 percent since the beginning of the World Cup. The project was launched in the spring of 2016. More than 40,000 mini concerts in various genres have been held since, and the number of concert venues has grown from three to 32. Famous singers support the project: Grigory Leps, Valery Syutkin, Lolita, the Spasskaya Tower Orchestra and the SerGa rock band have performed in the metro. As of today, the programme has included 220 participants.