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Lalupidu Music Festival in Estonia

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Thanks to our carnivals General Winter will soon surrender. And with good weather comes great music festivals. What bands will play where is not 100% confirmed yet, so I decided to collect festivals that are held in somewhat unusual places.

We’ll start on two islands, then go to the coast of the Black Sea. Our next stop is an adventure park with an enormous stage. After that we go to some industrial buildings and airports, and then we’ll finish up in castles/fortresses.

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Lake Jarun, Zagreb, Croatia

When? 24th-26th June, 2013.

In 2013:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Iggy and the Stooges
  • NOFX
  • Bloc Party
  • Image by Suradnik13
    Sziget festival

    Sziget festival

    On Óbuda Island,
    Budapest, Hungary

    Sziget is not just about music.
    Do you want to watch a play or
    a movie, a stand-up comedy,
    circus, do yoga, play chess,
    do some sports or just chill out?
    Sziget offers venues for all of these
    and more...

    When? 5th-12th August, 2013.

    Not much info about the performers yet.


    Spirit of Burgas

    On the Black Sea coast in Burgas of Bulgaria.

    When? 27-28 July, 2013.

    No info about the performers yet.

    Image by dasmartyrium
    Estonian Song Festival

    Lauluväljak -
    Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Tallin Song Festival Grounds is mild adventure park
    with tons of things to do: play golf, go rappeling,
    play team games (photo hunt, GPS crosswords, etc.),
    enjoy the skate park or simply have a picnic.

    In 2013:
  • Rock Summer festival (15th-16th June, 2013).
  • Õllesummer festival (3rd-6th of July, 2013).
    No info about the performers yet.
  • Another peculiarity of this venue is that huge arch.
    It can be used as a stage or as an auditorium.
    At the traditional Estonian Song Festival it is not
    uncommon to have 25-30,0000 singers on stage.
    In 2009 there were more than 30,000 singers with
    an audience of about 80,0000 - check out the video.
    Colors of Ostrava
    Image by Boris Renner

    Colours of Ostrava

    In Dolní Vítkovice, Czech Republic – the site of former blast furnaces, mines and ironworks.

    When? 18th-21st July, 2013.

    In 2013: Sigur Rós, Jamie Cullum, Damien Rice, Asaf Avidan, Woodkid, Inspiral Carpets, Anna Maria Jopek, Luno, ...

    Image by zeljkoo


    An old paper factory in Rijeka, Croatia.

    Genres: House music, Indie rock, Electronic dance

    When? June/July

    In 2013: Laurent Garnier, Azari & III,
    Asian Dub Foundation, Rambo Amadeus,
    Gesaffelstein, Ruiz, ...

    Image by kaasulaitos

    Tuska Open Air Metal Festival

    Suvilahti, a former energy production area
    in Sörnäinen, Helsinki.

    When? 28th-30th June, 2013

    In 2013:

    Nightwish, King Diamond, Testament, Kreator,
    Amorphis,Soilwork, Asking Alexandria,
    We Butter the Bread with Butter, ...
    Another Finnish metal festival in an industrial setting is
    the Finnish Metal Expo. It takes place in Kaapelitehdas,
    a former cable factory in Helsinki.
    However, it will be on hiatus in 2013.
    Rock for People

    Rock for people

    In an unused airport in Hradec Králové,
    Czech Republic.

    When? 2nd-5th July, 2013.

    In 2013: Queens of the Stone Age,
    Papa Roach, Klaxon, Billy Talent,
    A Day to Remember, Gogol Bordello, ...

    The Slovaks offer two festivals in airports:

  • GrapeFestival (9-10/8/2013)
    Mostly Czech and Slovak artists

  • Pohoda music festival (11.-13. 7. 2013.)
  • Nick Cave, The Smashing Pumpkins, ...
    Olavinlinna - opera festival

    Savonlinna Opera Festival,

    A monthlong opera festival in the
    Olavinlinna (St. Olaf's) Castle.

    When? July 5 - August 3, 2013

    Image by Miraceti

    Repertoire (2013)

    Samson et Dalila, La traviata, Lohengrin, Macbeth, The Seal, Eugene Onegin, Un ballo in maschera, Verdi: Requiem
    Josefov Brutal Assault

    Brutal assault

    In Fortress Josefov in Jaroměř, Czech Republic.
    (130km east of Prague)

    Genres: all kinds of extreme metal

    When? August 07-10, 2013

    Image by Karelj

    In 2013:

    Anthrax, As I Lay Dying, Amorphis, Behemoth Carcass, Clawfinger, Ensiferum, Fear Factory, Hatebreed, In Flames, Meshuggah, Obscura, Opeth, Overkill, Trivium, ...
    Petrovaradin Exit Festival

    Exit festival

    Four-day festival in the Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad, Serbia

    When? July 10-14, 2013

    Not much info about bands yet.

    Outlook festival

    Outlook festival

    Held in Fort Punta Christo near Pula, Croatia. Besides stages erected in various parts of the abandoned ruins there are gigs on the beach, on boats...check out the video!

    When? 29th August-2nd September, 2013.

    Image by Orlovic
    2013 lineup:
    Talib Kweli, Jay Electrnica, The Pharcyde, Pharoahe Monch, LTJ Bukem, ...


    Check back to eastokeurope.com later for different posts and updates about when to go to which festival to see who.

    What is your favourite Eastern European music festival? Tell us below in your comments!


    For Updated Latest News on 2013 Music Festival Lineups and other stuff, go to this post here!

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    János Gömöri

    János lives in Budapest. He is interested in music, history, coding and linguistics.


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