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.

To find more about the festival visit the official site
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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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