Top 10 Musical Festivals in Europe in 2010
Don’t know what to do to get yourself busy with in 2010? One of the most enthusiastic offers is simply dancing and listening to the music… but if the music is live and performed with various popular artists then it feels like a double pleasure.
Just take a few minutes at the listing of the most interesting musical festivals in Europe and try to get tickets as they are never enough for all!
Italy, 21-23 January 2010
One of the most recent musical trends is cinematographic festivals. So as it is expected in one of the best places of the Italy in Bologna is going to host such a festival soon, in January 2010. It will be providing various kinds of contemporary electronic art and will impress the audience with a range of surprise shows. In the framework of the festival lays the sense of improvisation and unusual atmosphere, created through various audio-visual effects. It might sound a little bit surprising but all of this will be surrounded by the buildings created during the Renaissance era in one of the most beautiful cities.
Austria, 12-15 May 2010
Each year for the May weekend, which is being announced to be the Ascension Day, the majority of clubs in the Austrian Graz transform their stages into the places of performance to the participants of various electronic music and art festivals. The program includes all kind of genres: Drum’n'bass dubstep, electro, techno, house, breakbeat, hiphop, reggae, raga and others. And all of this is being represented by not more not less than 250 professional and newer music groups. As the main background of the festivals serves the alpine scenery. In addition to musical performances, you can participate in seminars around various aspects of the creation of electronic music, to improve your skills concerning the audio and video, and learn a lot of new things about the electronic art in overall.
France, 18-20 June 2010
As we all know France is always trying not to be over- left by the neighbor countries with its variety of musical festivals. Like all good festivals this “heavy metal” one, seems to be a place where it is possible to imagine ghosts wandering around at night or looking for a meeting with their friends. In 2010, the headliner of the festival will be one of the most popular rock groups- Kiss.
St Magnus Festival
Scotland, Orkney Islands, 18-23 June 2010
For fans of the classic music the most outstanding opportunities will be Orkney Arts Festival the superior proposal of the next year. Here you will not enjoy a lot of performances of popular bands, but also witness famous poets reading their own poems, and soloists performing classical works. And all of this will just be at the backdrop of the picturesque Scottish island. As for the participation is not required to be a professional but rather being able to accept new and fresh ideas in those classical art interpretation.
Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival
France, 8-11 July 2010
This artist who has one of the world’s finest collections of music recordings, decided to have a representation of an insane combination of old and beloved Gil Scott Heron and the new stars Diplo French to the world in one of the awesome resorts of France- Seth. Peterson festivals are considered to be the best and the most unusual ones among the fans of the electronic music due to a unique and original selection of performers. At this time the program is going to be finished by a fantastic 16-hour beach party on the resort town.
France, 22-25 July 2010
Salsa-lovers do not need to go to the faraway Brazil, to enjoy its rhythms and dancing for your pleasure. As before, the best festival of Latin music in 2010 will be held in Vic-Fezensac in late July. Here you can not only look at the best dancers, but also learn to dance yourself, and to more experienced ones- to learn new details of the moves. Moreover, master classes are conducted not only for adults but also for the children. Besides the main stage, concerts and dance parties are being held also in the local bars and restaurants.
Croatia, 23-25 July 2010
Although this Croatian Soundwave Festival is held in the old fishing village on the shores of the Adriatic Sea it is rather popular among the local and international audience. The action takes place either in the amphitheater or on the luxurious beach terrace, where you can get tanned under the afternoon sun, and the evenings promise not to be boring as you can dance till you drop until the morning. The beaches in this unique country that stretch for several kilometers are usually deserted and are always there to shelter the dance and music tourists, who got exhausted from the show. A delicious local cuisine will quickly restore power to you once again, so you can have fun enjoying the evening parties.
Ireland, August 2010
Those who are just going crazy over the Celtic music simply cannot miss the Irish World Fleadh – a festival entirely devoted to Irish culture. You cannot just listen to music, but also have a glance at the inflammatory national dances, or even learn how to join them with simple movements, as well as participate in various performances. The festival makes it possible to distinguish guests and the locals, so you better buy a national costume to make yourself invisible.
Sweden, September 2010
If you are familiar with the reputation of Brooklyn Festival No Fan, which is full of sticky traders, special effects overdone by the sound operators, and the atmosphere itself contributes to the noise of the public, then is might be rather weird if you will choose Sweden as a quiet and calm place for the European counterpart. The fall of 2010 in Stockholm, will be interesting especially for the fans of Wolf Eyes and Hair Police. I guess after these name announcements it becomes clear what happened to the “quite Europe” idea.
Iceland, November 2010
During the entire duration of the festival it seems like the capital of Iceland just breaths with it. Streets which are always overcrowded with music fans and the submission of bands of any genre are both in big clubs, and in tiny attics or cafes with only a few tables. If you are getting tired of loud music or excessive alcohol, it is possible to get a “detoxification» while spending a tour on a snowmobile, or close to the geysers.