“We do not have comprehensive information about individual states, but according to general reports, for example, large concert tours are starting in the United States without any restrictions. It is therefore a question why our government officials constantly feel that it is necessary to regulate culture as a potential source of infection, “says the organizer of the Czech Castles Festival, Michal Šesták.
However, the pandemic has significantly reduced the number of cultural events in other European countries. The cancellation did not avoid the popular Sziget Festival in Budapest or the French Hellfest. There is not one of the largest festivals in the world, English Glastonbury, which is attended by around two hundred thousand visitors every year.
The recently postponed dismantling of anti-civic measures in Great Britain has plunged the organizers and potential visitors to 5,000 concerts for half a billion pounds, ie almost fifteen billion crowns, into uncertainty, she wrote last week BBC.
Nevertheless, several hundred kilometers beyond the borders of the Czech Republic, you can find a number of events that are planned despite the persisting restrictions. We will inform you in more detail about the five most interesting:
1. Exit Festival
Where: Novi Sad, Serbia
When: July 8-11
DJ Snake, Eric Prydz and Boris Brejcha will perform at the mostly dance festival. With over 35 percent of Serbia’s population already fully vaccinated, no significant restrictions on this action are expected. The organizers even brag on Web sitesthat postponing the festival is unlikely. The condition for entering the country, and thus for the festival, is a negative PCR test or confirmation of vaccination.
2. The Old Plows
Where: Carhaix, France
When: July 8-18
The multi-genre Les Vieilles Charrues did not announce the cancellation either. In 2019, around 270,000 people took part in the largest French music festival. This year, it will definitely be much less, as the local government only allows outdoor events for up to five thousand people. In addition to the ticket, visitors over the age of 11 will also have to prove themselves with a vaccination certificate or a negative test for coronavirus under 48 hours of age.
3. Pol’and’Rock Festival
Where: Makowice-Płoty Airport, Poland
When: July 29-31
“Polish Woodstock”, as this non-commercial festival used to be called, has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors in the past. Famous performers such as the American bands Limp Bizkit and Dropkick Murphys have been confirmed for this year’s 27th year. However, this time the performers will have to accept a much lower participation. At the moment, the organizers can allow the entry of twenty thousand vaccinated people. Their number and conditions may change depending on the changing measures of the Polish government.
At the same time, for the first time in history, the Pol’and’Rock Festival will not be free. The tickets sold will help the organizers monitor how many people are moving in the area and also cover the costs of testing participants. In any case, those who cannot go to Poland do not have to hang their heads. Watching concerts will be available online this year.
4. Wacken Open Air
Where: Wacken, Germany
When: September 16-18
The largest heavy metal festival in the world and at the same time one of the largest German festivals, which takes place in the open air, was originally canceled for this year. Wacken founders Thomas Jensen and Holger Hübner however, they eventually organize a more modest version. The organizers are still negotiating with the government of Schleswig-Holstein about the number of allowed participants. Currently, there are about twenty thousand visitors instead of the usual eighty thousand. Fans, however, will be pleased that most of the main stars, such as Nightwish, Powerwolf, Blind Guardian and singer Doro Pesch, have promised to take part.
5. Isle Of Wight Festival
Where: Newport, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
When: September 16-19
A cultural event with more than 50 years of history was to take place in June. Although the unfavorable pandemic development in Britain forced the organizers to postpone the festival for a quarter of a year, they are convinced that they will be able to meet the September deadline. “In the coming months, we will follow the other events that take place in front of us and learn from them,” said the organizers BBC. For example, French DJ David Guetta, British musician Liam Gallagher or the bands Snow Patrol and Duran Duran will perform at the festival.
Source: E15.cz by www.e15.cz.
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