Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Which festivals will you check out this summer?

Summer break is almost here and tension before exams is the proof of it, with ever higher temperatures to be followed by ever lighter dressed people. Got any summer plans already? Check out our selection of the four best festivals in Slovenia, select at least one and – see you there!

The festival of sound, sun and a week long camping
You stick your head out of the tent into a sunny day! Put on the swimsuit and jump into one of the cleanest rivers in Slovenia in the company of new friends, get a tan and share the excitement before the beginning of the evening festival programme. Where? At Schengenfest! The festival of sound, sun and fun as the organizers call it will take place at the same location as always, in Vinica (Bela Krajina) between July 29th and August 1st. Last year there were 26.000 visitors, who completely filled the idyllic and almost untouched town by the River Kolpa, so the organizers decided to prolong the event for a day and give better camping opportunities for a whole week. The price of admission for all four festival days are between 49,90 and 109,90 Euros. The list of performers is getting longer and among them you will find these internationally recognised names: Rudimental, S.A.R.S., Siddharta, Elvis Jackson, Niet, Vlado Kreslin, Noctiferia, Trkaj and many more!

The hostel in Črnomelj also offers great accommodation and available prices.

@Festival Pivo in cvetje
The biggest festival event in Slovenia
The festival Pivo in cvetje (Beer and flowers), which will take place between July 16th and 19th in Laško, will be held for the 51st time! In all those years of existence the festival has become a part of the town and has hosted over a million visitors that drank the combined sum of over 10 million liters of the Laško Beer. The statistics thus confirms, that the town on the banks of Savinja organizes the biggest festival event in Slovenia, with the longest tradition. This year it will be especially interesting, as there will be the highest number of guests as of yet, with 32 performers from over 17 countries. The five stages will host music groups such as: MI2, Šank Rock, Modrijani, Klemen Bunderla & 3Čelos, Manouche and the music treat - Europe. What’s new this year? It’s the Malt stage that will host electronic music. And they are saying that even Natalie Imbruglia will come! But that’s not all – all the stages are absolutely free of charge! 

You can sleep in lovely Youth Hostel Celje

Head banging in idyllic Tolmin
Imagine many concerts of your favourite bands, hanging out with people who love the same kind of music (from Slovenia and abroad) and enjoying the loudness of heavy metal! You must be at Metaldays! It's a festival which is also a holiday in a true sense of the word, at the otherwise quiet point where two rivers meet in Tolmin. The festival which started out in mud back in 2004 will be offering two stages this year, main and second stage. This year on metaldays you'll be able to enjoy the heavy sounds of: Saxon, Noctiferia, Fear Factor, Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder and many more. This year the daily tickets started selling sooner, so don’t miss out on them. A daily ticket costs 49€ and a whole package costs 135€.

You can book a stay at the nearby hostel Paradiso.

Cosy feeling, unavailable phone number and great music
The Student Weekend of Intelligence and Cviček (ŠVIC) was always meant to make you feel right at home, as it’s placed on a grassy meadow in Dolenja vas near Čatež… a place where your old folks can’t get hold of you, as it’s a blind spot in the cell phone network. So tell them in advance that you won’t be available on 11th and 12th of July! You’ll enjoy great company, tasty food and drinks, fun daytime activities and an unforgettable evening programme. This year several bands will heat up the atmosphere: MI2, Dan D, Big Foot Mama, Edo Maajka, Happy Ol' McWeasel, Cover Lover, Elvis Jackson, Prljavo kazalište and many more. All day activities and evening performances  can be purchased for 28,50 EUR.

If you want a comfortable room, you can choose either Youth Hostel Brežice or Yout Hostel Krško, both will welcome you!

Tjaša Vodušek 

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