Music festival “HEAT” in Baku was under threat of collapse due to natural disaster.
Ani Lorak and Emin have been friends for years
Photo: Philip Goncharova
To get to Baku at the music festival “HEAT”, which was first staged in the hometown of the musician Emin Agalarov, his friends — the stars of showbiz took a few Charter flights. Many of them tried to fly in advance to have time to rehearse their performances. The plane, which, together with other artists flying Ani Lorak, before planting were in the area of turbulence. “We were shaky and I honestly thought we wouldn’t even be able to land in Baku”, — says the singer. But all went well, and on land celebrity guests learned that the turbulence was no accident. In the Caspian sea was raging storm. A strong wind drove the waves to the shore, right where the scene was set! “At eight in the morning we came to the site and saw that they pulled down all the chairs, banners, displays. We had to disassemble the screens, which turned into a huge sail and could ruin the whole scene, ” says Emin. — Baku translates as “the windy city”, apparently, nature decided to prove it. We often perform in the rain, but the wind was terrible. When we flew past the chairs, it seemed that the planned concerts will not take place at all. Remained only to hope that by the weekend the weather will change. It was casino: we put broke all your strength, nerves and capabilities. And apparently, so there were many who wanted the festival took place, and was sent into space their thoughts, that on the opening day of “HEAT” set the nice breeze. And those who arrived later, our stories about the hurricane to be true”.
“People do not need special invitations, otherwise it is not friendship, and empty words” Concerts of the festival took place in the resort of Sea Breeze near Baku
Photo: Philip Goncharova
With Emin, the festival was conceived and organized Grigory Leps and Sergey Kozhevnikov. Not a single artist, whom they invited, not rejected. Sergey Lazarev has made a break in a tour of the South of Russia and arrived in Azerbaijan with two changes to act in this show. And Vladimir Presnyakov arrived in Baku from Spain, where vacationing with his wife Natalia Podolsky and one-year-old son Artem. “When I first heard from Emin about the idea to organize the festival, and it was one of the party Grigory Leps, immediately realized that this enterprise is doomed to success, — said Lorak. — I have to say that Emin has opened the producer’s talent. He so easily brought almost all of our show business, we are amazed. One hundred percent attendance! It happens very rarely, because all are human, any artist there are circumstances which prevent to arrive on time, despite the promise. But Emin has managed to bring together all friends, and I think he should be proud that they held the festival at such a high level. Everything I do for the first time, very exciting: not enough experience, all you have to do from scratch”.
Emin confesses that performing on the same stage with Ani Lorak is not a job but a pleasure
Photo: Philip Goncharova
Ani Lorak admitted that after the festival in Baku she will arrange a long-awaited vacation. “Finally a little rest, — says the singer. — This year I started very active: had a lot of shooting, in the Studio, touring in America and Germany. For the first time in seven months I’ll be able to go to her husband and daughters and enjoy them for a week. And then we will meet again with Emin at rehearsals before his solo concert in Saint-Petersburg, Palace square”. This show is a musician producing the winner of 16 Grammy awards, the famous David foster, who worked with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and rod Stewart. “On July 24 in the square before the Hermitage will host two concerts. The first channel will remove a modular concert “Blue eternity” — in honor of the 320-th anniversary of Navy. And then held my first solo concert of Ani Lorak, which will record for American television,” — shared his plans for Emin. They Ani have been friends for many years, supported each other’s solo projects. “Our encounter was held on the presentation of one of my albums — says Emin. — We were introduced to Philip. We recorded a duet in my plans several joint projects, perhaps one of the songs in the near future we will write to Maxim Fadeev”. Emin took part in the concert Lorak in St. Petersburg. Now there they are together again will take the stage, now in his recital Agalarov. “In fact it is friendship, to be in such important moments, like a concert on Palace square, next to — said Lorak. — I had no doubt whether I should go to the festival “HEAT” or interrupt his vacation to participate in the concert Emin. People do not need special invitations, otherwise it is not friendship, nothing.” As the Eastern man, Emin confirmed the words of his girlfriend like made a toast: “to Stand on stage next to the Carolina (the real name of the singer. — Approx. ed.) is in any case not a job but a pleasure. Therefore, any invitation in the future, I immediately answer “Yes!” even if you have to fly to another land and experience more than one hurricane.