One of the staples of summer traveling, music festivals have become one of main tourist attractions in Eastern Europe. Standing out for their world class music acts paired with affordable ticket prices, Slavic music festivals stand shoulder to shoulder with their Western counterparts. Offering a more elaborate and diverse program each year, here are top 4 Slavic music festivals you don’t want to miss in 2018.
EXIT Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
Often called the best European music festival, EXIT is one of Serbia’s most famous brands. Attracting millions of visitors each year, it started as a small student movement, which even had a social justice cause. However, each year it grew bigger, and from its founding in 2000, EXIT has grown into one of the most prestigious summer venues for performers of all genres. Praised by global media authorities such as The Sun, New York Times, CNN and The Guardian, EXIT 2018 will take place between 12th and 15th of July. Headlining acts for this year are the French DJ David Guetta, Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, legendary songstress Grace Jones, Migos, Fever Ray and many others. Spread across many stages, performers entertain crowds which can easily move from stage to stage. Quality Petrovaradin fortress acoustics enables these migrations, as space is completely open and there is no sound interference between different performers. Less than two months away, tickets are still available for purchase, but considering the popularity of Festival, not for too long. Official EXIT website provides a multitude of further detailed information regarding pricing, program of the festival and how to get there, which is really everything you need to know before marking it in your calendar.
INmusic Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
Proclaimed to be one of Top 50 summer festivals in the world by The Times and CNN, INmusic is Croatia’s largest open air festival. Annually held in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, its organisation is quite similar to EXIT, as stages are separated due to genre of performers. Hosting many international acts such as Florence + The Machine, Jamiroquai, Kings of Leon and many more since its founding in 2006, INmusic 2018 will take place on the Island of Youth located on Lake Jarun between 25th and 27th June. Announced acts of this year’s Festival are Queens of the stone age, David Byrne, Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, Alice in Chains, St. Vincent, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, and many more. Getting to INmusic from anywhere around the world should be fairly easy, as their official website provides option of buying tickets online, planning your arrival and stay in Zagreb, and even offers a section regarding the city exploration itself and some excursions that may be available in the summertime.
Park Live Festival, Moscow, Russia
Annually held in Moscow, Park Live is an international music festival which has hosted some of the world’s most successful performers from a large range of genres. Some former acts which headlined the Festival include Lana Del Rey, The Killers, The Prodigy, Muse, Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and many more. Originally organised in a highly unusual venue, Park Live was held at All Russian Exhibition Center, space devoted to art, history and culture of Russian people. However, since 2015, Festival is held at the Opening Arena stadium due to more space and capacity. 2018 Park Live will be held on the premises of Gorky Central Park of Culture between 27th and 29th of July. Headlining acts which are already announced are David Guetta, Ivan Dorn, Gorillaz, Tove Lo, Massive Attack, Bonobo, Tricky and many others. Opened to new talent, as well as already established acts, Park Live is a perfect venue to hear up and coming rock and alternative acts, especially those hailing from Russian speaking countries.
The Afisha Picnic, Moscow, Russia
Traditionally a one day event, Afisha Picnic is quite different than your usual summer music festival. Diverse and artistic, its program offers not only home bred and international music acts, but also gastronomic stands, games and various sources of entertainment, as well as artistic workshops and master classes. Held at a historical venue 10 kilometers away from the centre of Moscow, Kolomenskoye, a former estate of Tzar is easily accessible by various means of transport. Despite a creative and rich offer Afisha Picnic provides, music is still the main attraction and reason why large crowds visit this particular festival. Founded in 2004, Afisha has so far hosted Kaiser Chiefs, Courtney Love, Jamiroquai, Marina and The Diamonds and many others as its headlining music acts. Unlike other music festivals, Afisha also prohibits alcohol and tobacco on the premises, as organisers aim to create an alternative to other summer fests that teenagers and even families can safely enjoy. Scheduled for August 4th 2018, this year’s version of the festival will be headlined by Arcade Fire, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Belle and Sebastian as well as Zemfira. More acts will be announced in the months leading up to the event, and this along with all other necessary information can be found on the official website of the festival.