Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fête de la Musique, France

Held every June 21 nationwide, the Fête de la Musique, or Music Festival, is practically a national holiday. From morning to, well, the next morning, From Paris to Perpignan and everywhere in between, you can barely pass a street corner without hearing music, whether live or being spun by a DJ.

There are huge concerts by the leading names in rock. There are wrinkled old men playing accordions outside cafés. Cool jazz singers with a bass accompaniment. String quartets. Traditional French folk music. Enough reggae to shame Jamaica. And, of course, food and wine are available from bars, cafés and restaurants that have tables set outside their premises.

The big cities have more to do and see during Fête de la Musique, while the smaller towns have a stronger mix of traditional and modern music. If you have the chance to be in France on this day, you have to take part in this wonderful celebration of the start of summer, the joy of music, and the pride of a nation.
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Festival de Nîmes, France

The Nîmes Arena is the best preserved amphitheater of the Roman era. Throughout the centuries it has seen action as a Roman theater, a fortress, a chapel, a bullring, and since 1997, as the venue for an epic series of summer concerts.

 Festival de Nimes takes place throught the entire month of July and attracts the likes of Metallica, Placebo, Noir Désir, Ben Harper, David Bowie, The Cure, Compay Segundo, Depeche Mode and Rammstein to its ancient stage. Musicians feel how special the venue is and it tends to shine through in the performance. 

This year we’ll see everyone from Supertramp to Sting to Santana, and dozens more. The big shows are in the fantastic Arènes de Nîmes, a Roman-era coliseum that is still in use today; check out Metallica’s most recent concert DVD to get a load of what an evocative venue it is. Catching your favorite band echo off the Roman stone is a memory that will last a lifetime.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Are you ready for celebration of Lá Fhéile Pádraig?

Or to be more precise, St. Patrick's Day, St. Paddy's Day or St.Patty's Day! You are right! This time all roads lead to Ireland! Each year on 17th March this holiday is celebrated and it   represents an important part of Irish history. Thanks to St.Patrick, a significant music festival is held and it takes place in Limerick city. This internationally recognized festival has been going strong for over 30 years and plays host to marching bands, concert bands, drill & dance teams, and choirs from Ireland, Europe, and around the world. It's a wonderful opportunity to see the glory of historic Ireland and perform with bands, choirs and teams from around the world! Fun guaranteed! 

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Metaltown, Gothenburg

Metaltown is a two-day festival at the harbour pier of Gothenburg, Sweden. The metal capital of the world! The next festival will take place June 17-18, 2011.

Regarding the history, the Metaltown festival saw its first light in the summer of 2004 as one-day event with 5,000 visitors the opening year and 14 playing bands in total, including Alice Cooper, Turbonegro, Edguy and In Flames. Since then Metaltown has been growing constantly, hosting bands like Tool, Motörhead, Cradle Of Filth, Slayer, Machine Head, Rammstein, Mastodon and many more. In summer of 2009 Metaltown had 22 000 visitors (sold out) and 32 bands on stage.

This year you may listen to System of a down, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Bring Me The Horizon, All That Remains, Parkway Drive, Cradle Of Filth, Arch enemy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Soilwork, All The Gates and a lot groups more... It surely can't be missed!


Øyafestivalen, Oslo

The Øyafestivalen in Oslo is a major music event in Norway that offers an amazing line-up of internationally known rock and indie bands, singers, and other performers! This annual event takes place in August and without any doubt this is one of the "can't-miss" events when you're flying to Oslo.

Øyafestivalen is an annual Norwegian music festival held in Middelalderparken (lit. the Medieval Park), Oslo. It has grown quickly since its modest start in 1999 with an audience of 1000 people in one day, and has now become one of Norway's biggest festivals.

The festival area in Middelalderparken consists of four main stages (Sjøsiden, Enga, Vika, Odden). More than 80 bands played in the park in 2009. Featuring musicians likeSonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, babyshambles and Franz Ferdinand, the festival currently draws an audience of approximately 60,000 people. The first two years, the festival was held on Kalvøya, near Sandvika just outside of Oslo. After the two initial years, Øyafestivalen was moved to Middelalderparken, downtown Oslo, making it more of a central festival. The festival lasts for four days in Middelalderparken. These days are preceded by a club night where the festival holds concerts in more or less all of Oslo's central clubs.

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Copenhagen Distortion, Copenhagen

Coming to Copenhagen in June? Come prepared for a big explosion of parties and to meet party people like you from all over the world! Copenhagen Distortion is the festival where Copenhagen turns into party-heaven on earth, every year on the first weekend of June. The organizers orchestrate more than 50 parties in more than 50 locations over 5 days, in 5 neighborhoods, with 3 giant block-parties and 32,000 people. The cultural focus is on the newest, the sweetest and the wildest side of street life and nightlife in Copenhagen. Come out and show the world how to party it up in Copenhagen!

When it comes to some certain facts about the festival, ever since 1998 Copenhagen Distortion is Scandinavia’s leading street and nightlife festival, orchestrating 88 dance floors across 5 days of party madness, including four huge block parties and an insane Club Clash programme in spectacular locations (warehouses, museums, sport halls, bridges, old breweries…). The festival is unique, as it is fully mobile. Each day during the festival, Distortion visits a different neighbourhood in Copenhagen, so that both the street programme and the night events (The Club Clashes and Final Party) move through the different city districts, celebrating Copenhagen’s urban space, as much as it celebrates the newest and the wildest aspects of international club culture.

Music of all guises finds a home at this cool festival ranging from hip-hop and techno to the more traditional sounds of rock, folk and jazz. The event also showcases the city's less mainstream art with exhibitions, shows and internet presentations which adds to the festival's ambiance of creativity and youthful energy. 


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spirit of Burgas

Rock, electronica, dance, metal, hip-hop, latin! It's a real music melting pot, isn't it? And + summer = great fun! This music festival takes place in August and lasts for about three days. Located in Burgas, it is more attractive and worth visiting. Pendulum, The Prodigy and  Serj Tankian are just some of the artists you had opportunity to listen to. As always, all events were carried out on the city beach, with a campsite places offered to visitors. This year the main stage is given to Moby, Skunk Anansie and Deftones! I don't know about you, but I'm not gonna miss it!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

46th festival ''The Days Of Mokranjac''

If you feel like some folk poems or maybe some religious notes, plan your trip to a small town of Negotin in the Eastern Serbia and enjoy yourself! Spiritual music is always a good choice for those who are in two minds, so don't think twice but visit the unforgettable and unique festival. There is also a museum and some important monuments to be seen and when the feast is over, you can visit Rajacke Pimnice near Negotin and try different wines from about 270 wine cellars! I am sure you won't regret. 

Through the looking glass, M'era Luna the goth corner of Germany

Emily Autumn
Hey guys!  
Check this out!

The 69 eyes

That's the link to a place of goth fashion, eyeliners, corsets, electro beats and many fantastic grotesque details. It's time to get ready for M'era Luna festival in Deutchland! :D

Germany is famous for its "dark"underground scene. If you like glittering outfit with odd haircut of a cyber vampire as well as electro tunes and doom/goth melodies or just to put it simply if you see yourself as a VAMPIRE (or you just don't see your reflexion in the mirror), yeah, you should be in Hildesheim on the second weekend of August.

 Let the electric open air embrace you!

It's all about glamour and fashion baby!

 Well yes, M'era Luna is not solely a music festival but a fashion show as well or a "modenschav" as Germans would put it :) The show is all about, well you may guess, goth subculture, corsets for men and women, cyber outfits, make up etc.

Stay tuned and start thinking about your perfect outfit for the time is ticking out! 

Be sinister this August ;)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Gitarijada, what's that?

For those who are fond of guitars and rock music in general, Gitarijada is the right place to go! Where? Zajecar. When? In August. Have fun and find out some extraordinary things which this town and Gitarijada can offer.

And for those who are more interested in history of this music festival or want to find outsome other information, we give you the official site of Gitarijada in Zajecar.


I won't miss it this year&hope we will meet each other there! : )

San Miguel Primavera Sound

San Miguel Primavera Sound, commonly known as Primavera Sound or simply Primavera, is an annual music festival which takes place in Barcelona in late May and in some years late June. It is hela within the Parc del Fórum leisure site, located approximately 6 km northeast from the centre of Barcelona, in the Diagonal Mar area of the Sant Martí district, by the coast of the Balearic Sea. It is one of the largest music festvals in the country.
The range of musical genres include alternative, indie, electronic, pop, hiphop, dance, folk, jazz, metal and experimental music.

Notable acts that have performed at previous editions include: Sonic Youth, The White Stripes, Primal Scream, New Order, Iggy and the Stooges, Lou Reed, The Smashing, Pumpkins, Portishead, My Bloody Valentine and Neil Young.

 The festival returned in 2010 for its tenth anniversary, with Pavement, Pet Shop Boys an Pixies among the headlining acts. The festival will return in 2011, with Pulp, Grinderman, The Flaming Lips and The National among the artists confirmed so far.

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Sónar Festival

Sónar is an annual three-day music festival held in Barcelona. It is described officially as a festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art. The festival runs for three days and nights, usually starting on a Thursday in the third week of June. Sónar is the essential meeting point for an alert public, cutting-edge artists and the most influential professionals from the sectors of music and modern arts.

Sónar By Day takes place in the Center of Contemporary Culture (CCCB) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) very near to La Rambla. It usually starts around midday and continues until around 10pm for each of the three days of the festival. The 'By Day' festival features live concerts, DJs, Multimedia Art, Record/Clothes Fairs, Technology Demos, The Sónar Cinema and various other activities.

Sónar By Night takes place away from the centre of Barcelona. It has four locations occupied by distinguished national and international names from the world of electronic music. Each night DJs, VDJs and concerts from the broadest spectrum of dance music appear simultaneously in the four areas.

The festival's lineups tend to favour electronic music. This includes techno, house, electro, IDM, hiphop and various experimental music and avantgarde types of music. There are many international acts, as well as a selection of Spanish artists.

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Benicassim Festival

Benicassim or 'FIB' is the perfect combination of a holiday and a music festival. Four days of some of the best music from the electro, pop, indie and rock scenes are held across the main stages and several smaller stages. Unlike most festivals, acts at Benicassim perform in the later hours and through the night rather than in the afternoon and evenings. Last year Gorrillaz Kasabian, Temper Trap and Goldfrapp were all amongst the big names at Benicassim. 2011 will bring The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Elbow and more to the Spanish shores this summer.

Benicassim is a small beach town on the Costa De Azahar located between Valencia and Barcelona. The Benicassim festival takes place from 14th July until 17th July. Campsites are open from 11th July.

Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, Portishead, The Strokes, Atom Rhumba, Beirut, Brandon Flowers, Crystal Fighters, Elbow, Friendly Fires, The Juan Maclean, Julieta Vanegas, Lori Meyers, Pendulum, Paolo Nutini, The Marzipan Man, Professor Green, Smile, Spectrals, Tame Impala, Veronica Falls, Logo...

Three day Benicassim tickets are priced at 140 euros and four day tickets at 170 euros.

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Aste Nagusia Bilbao

Aste Nagusia or Big Week is the third week in August when in each town in The Basque Country the summer-long fiestas are held. For ten days the city centre is bursting with people, young and old, enjoying a mix of traditional Basque music, dance and sports that line the main streets. The sound of the accordion fills the air while groups of dancers in traditional white costumes with red sashes, berets and espadrilles jump and kick in unison. If you are feeling peckish, you could head over to one of the cooking competitions where local chefs compete to produce the best bacalao al pil-pil (cod in a garlic sauce) or merluza en salsa verde (hake in green sauce). And if you are feeling particulary adventurous you could try your hand at bull fighting. Once the sun has set, huge crowds gather for the daily firework displays as pyrotechnic teams from the surrounding villages compete for the 'best display' award. And then the party begins. The bar staff in the txosnas serve up beer, wine and kalimotxo (red wine and Coke) to the thirsty punters.

A word of warning: don't wear any clothes that you actually care about. Drinks come in large, plastic cups shared among groups and the chances of you surviving in the night without large red stains down your top are small.
The singing, dancing and drinking carries on until the not-so-early hours of the morning. The week ends with the burning of Marijaia, a rosy-cheeked mascot of the fiesta, outside the Arriaga theatre.
One aspect of Aste Nagusia that stood out for me was the lack of a conspicuous police presence as compared to, say, the Notting Hill Carnival where it can feel like there are as many police as carnival-goers. There is a real family atmosphere during both the day and night. And while Asta Nagusia might not be as well-known as the Tomatina or San Fermin festivals, the opportunity of joining in with a whole city at play for a week is one not to pass up on.

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