DGTL Festival taking place in Amsterdam over the Easter weekend. This festival offers the finest electronic music at a unique festival terrain, NDSM Docklands. In this edgy industrial setting, you’ll encounter the music, art, and production that this festival is renowned for. Technically innovative, this dazzling festival experience has amazing lighting and visuals in addition to great music, art performances, and installations. Art projects are sustainable in keeping to become a waste-free festival.
DGTL Festival Amsterdam
DGTL Festival taking place in Amsterdam over the Easter weekend. This festival offers the finest electronic music at a unique festival terrain, NDSM Docklands.
In this edgy industrial setting, you’ll encounter the music, art, and production that this festival is renowned for.
Technically innovative, this dazzling festival experience has amazing lighting and visuals in addition to great music, art performances, and installations.
Art projects are sustainable in keeping to become a waste-free festival.
DGTL Revolution walks the walk when it comes to sustainability by presenting solutions.
Sustainable cups, a cashless system, a trash army, solar power, 100% veggie food are just some of the initiatives taken to reach the goal of a waste-free festival.
Creating awareness to change behaviour is something extra adding to the overall atmosphere.
Places to stay and Hotel Tips
The Westcord Art Hotel is just a 15 minutes walk from the historical centre of Amsterdam.
Colourful, modern rooms make this a go-to locale when you’re in the city.
The hotel has a unique art collection by the famous Dutch painter Herman Brood.
Enjoy the atmosphere, which includes a terrace with a bar.
If you’re looking for something close to the festival site that’s luxurious and different, then consider staying at the amazing Crane Hotel Faralda!
It’s a former working crane at the NDSM shipyard, and each of the design suites is decorated in a different theme.
And if 5-star luxury is not your scene, then there’s plenty of other options to choose from around the Central Station.
Or when in the city of canals, why not try out a Houseboat?
How to get there
The DGTL festival location, NDSM, is a former dock and shipbuilding wharf that fell into disrepair after it closed down in the 80s.
Now it’s a fantastic cultural center and a space with a lot of creative energy.
One of the best ways to reach the venue is to take the ferry from the waterfront at Amsterdam Central Station to the NDSM Werf across the IJssel River.
Car travelers should use “tt Neveritagweg 15, Amsterdam” as the navigational address, but note that parking near the festival site is limited.
Bike riders can either leave their bike at the Central Station and take the NDSM Werf ferry or take the ‘Buiksloterwegveer’ ferry if they’d like to get right to the venue.
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Bristol Food Connections – a revolutionary food festival!
You will find an affordable series of events during this food festival weekend in Bristol.
It will show you all you want to know about the food and delicacies of this UK city and surroundings.
Debates, food walks, cooking classes, producer markets are just a piece of things to expect if you decide to visit Bristol Food Connections.
It’s all about tastes, learning and seeing what’s going on – at one of the best UK’s food festivals.
It’s an inspirational food city with all kinds of communities who live there.
So we can quickly call it a melting pot of cultures, and food is, of course, an inseparable part of it.
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Bristol is a city of remarkable history and heritage.
A home to JK Rowling, Cary Grant, Jeremy Irons, Massive Attack, Portishead, Neneh Cherry, this green spot of the UK’s map proudly calls itself the green capital.
It’s the UK’s first cycling city, full of a fantastic atmosphere, boats, bridges and colourful balloons.
It’s the city that offers various things to discover – from farmer’s markets to local shops or independent restaurants, bakeries and many more.
It’s understandable, with knowing Bristol’s food atmosphere, the decision of hosting a festival that will connect people with food that is good for you, for the environment and the local economy.
These last three things are crucially important, as only minor changes can have a tangible impact on our health, the area we’re living in, and its economy.
Places to stay
Bristol is relatively big and has a wide range of accommodation styles.
Anything from luxury hotels to hostels and apartments will make sure you’ll find something for your taste and travel budget.
For a luxury alternative in the centre, we can recommend Radisson Blue Hotel where you can get a room with a beautiful view over Bristol.
Excellent service and probably all facilities you need for a comfortable stay. Check out more here >>
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The festival will be with fewer stages and limitations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please read more about it here: Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the best jazz festivals in Europe, without a doubt. It was founded in 1967 and become an event that annually attracts a quarter of a million people. Although it’s the festival that celebrates jazz music, Montreux has implemented other styles of music as well, so there’s always something on the spot for all blues and rock fans. Performers who have visited Montreux Jazz Festival throughout its history are proving its significance. Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, David Bowie are just some names.
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The festival will be with fewer stages and limitations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the best jazz festivals in Europe, without a doubt.
It was founded in 1967 and become an event that annually attracts a quarter of a million people.
Although it’s the festival that celebrates jazz music, Montreux has implemented other styles of music as well, so there’s always something on the spot for all blues and rock fans.
Performers who have visited Montreux Jazz Festival throughout its history are proving its significance.
Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, David Bowie are just some names.
Chose your favourite venue
There are usually 11 stages, of which six are for free at the festival.
The hottest names and concerts will, of course, be on the paid venues.
250,000 festival-goers, 16 days of Festival, 380 concerts, of which 250 are free, 55 bars and stands
That’s what you can expect at Montreux Jazz Festival!
Hotel Bristol in Montreux, with stunning views of Lake Geneva and individually decorated rooms.
A luxurious spa area has an indoor pool and a fitness room.
This hotel offers underground parking space and free WiFi.
The city centre is only 2 kilometres away.
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About Fira del Vi
Fira del Vi three-day festival is usually in May every year.
The festival introduces you to the wine culture of this region.
It’s an area that has long been associated with the craftsmanship of producing wine by hand.
Wine tasting is the order of the day, and you’ll have many chances to talk to the producers.
Besides all the wine tastings you can enjoy good food and music.
Some events occur in interesting and historically rich locations, such as Bellmunt del Priorat Mines and Museum.
The two internationally recognised denominations of origin are DOQ Priorat and Monsant.
The steep terrain means that the whole process is done by hand as machines can’t reach the grapevines growing on the 45 degree angled hills.
The wine has been produced by hand for centuries.
Crops have been in this area since the 12th Century, when the monks of the Scala Monastery started making wine.
The domain of the prior of the abbey covered several neighbouring towns, and that is where the name of the area, Priorat, originated.
Grenache and Carignan are two of the outstanding wines produced here.
Winner of prestigious international awards, the Priorat wines are top-rated.
The characteristics of the Priorat make the wine produced here unique and exclusive.
It bears the Qualified Designation of Origin, which means protective measures are in place to ensure the continued quality of the wine produced.
Places to stay
Rural hotels and manor houses are dotted throughout this delightful region.
Hotel-Hostal Sport is right in the centre of the village.
Spacious, comfortable rooms, great restaurant with a fabulous wine list (as you would expect when staying in wine country!), ample parking, and free WiFi make this a great choice for your stay in Fastel.
Across the road, the boutique Hotel Restaurant Lotus Priorat, is another superb option in the heart of the village.
How to get to Fira del Vi
Falset is a village located on the Iberian Peninsula in Catalonia.
Situated approximately 40 km inland from Tarragona on the coast, drive west on the N420 to reach the village.
From Tarragona, you can also take a train, bus or taxi.
The train station, Marca-Falset, is situated between the villages of Marca and Falset.
Taking the train from Barcelona Sants to Marca-Falset will take a couple of hours.
More about the region
In addition to wine, the Priorat region in Catalonia is also known for olive oil and hiking through the stunning natural landscape.
Castle, palaces, Guided Wine Tours, olive oil tastings, and stunning scenery are all things you’ll discover here.
The hiking trails in the Natural Park Montsant Mountain Range are well signposted and worth exploring.
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An annual open-air festival that takes place in the medieval Old Town of Rapperswil.
Three stages, over 200 artists, and 25,000 guests make for a fabulous three days of sultry sounds.
Then there is Gastronomy.
In addition to being surrounded by restaurants and bars, there are catering facilities onsite at the festival grounds offering an array of delectable bites.
Places to stay
Choose from a Bed & Breakfast, a youth hostel, or a hotel in the historic centre of town.
You’ll find Hotel Jakob in the car-free Old Town, just two minutes walk from the station and only 200 m from the ship pier on Lake Zurich.
A popular place to stay. It has free WiFI, a restaurant, spacious and tastefully decorated rooms, making this a top choice for visiting the blues’n’jazz festival.
For a full list of places to stay, check here >>
How to get there
Rapperswil-Jona is situated on the north shore of lovely Lake Zurich, approximately 40 km south of Zurich.
If flying to Switzerland, Zurich Airport is the closest.
The train journey from Zurich will take around 40 minutes, and by car, you can expect about 45 minutes.
To reach the festival venue, the organisers recommend taking public transport.
And a handy tip: they also suggest you buy a day ticket, so you don’t have to wait at the ticket machine to purchase a return.
Things to see and do
Rapperswil-Jona is known as the town of roses, and you’ll find over 15,000 roses from 600 varieties in bloom from June to October.
The medieval Old Town is a protected historic monument, and a castle towers above the town, offering panoramic views over the lake and the Alps.
The town is also home to the longest wooden bridge in Switzerland, and pedestrians can cross to the other side of the lake.
In short, it’s a picturesque town well worth visiting.
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About Northside Festival
Rock, pop and everything in-between at this fabulous festival that attracts the world’s biggest music acts.
The festival is at Eskelunden, in Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus.
What started as a small one-day festival with local acts has blossomed into an international pop and rock fest with well-known artists worldwide.
A Green Festival
They are also focused on reducing levels of noise, water and traffic pollution over the course of the weekend and are dedicated to becoming an entirely sustainable event:
• Achieved 100% organic status in 2017
• There are no parking spaces for cars at the festival – all attendees must either walk, bike or use public transport
• In 2013, the organisers launched a fundraiser for Verdens Skove, a rainforest project in Nicaragua working to preserve forest resources for the benefit of local communities and the environment.
Where to Stay
Set in a magnificent 1930s building, this boutique hotel is 2 minutes’ walk from Aarhus Train Station and airport shuttle buses.
Best: it has a a steakhouse with an 8,000-bottle wine cellar.
Each room is decorated in a bright art deco style.
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Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, also known as “the gateway to the fjords”, and a host to a great music festival that annually takes place in mid-June. Launched in 1993 and each year, Bergenfest has acts of best performers in several genres – from American blues to electro, hip-hop, R&B, folk and more. The festival was voted twice for the year’s festival by the Norwegian Rock Festival Council and twice got the prize of honour from the Tourist Board of the city of Bergen to contribute to an excellent presentation of Bergen in Europe and the world.
Begenfest, a modern Norwegian music festival of both national and international interest
Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, also known as “the gateway to the fjords”, and a host to a great music festival that annually takes place in mid-June.
Launched in 1993 and each year, Bergenfest has acts of best performers in several genres – from American blues to electro, hip-hop, R&B, folk and more.
The festival was voted twice for the year’s festival by the Norwegian Rock Festival Council and twice got the prize of honour from the Tourist Board of the city of Bergen to contribute to an excellent presentation of Bergen in Europe and the world.
The festival’s venue is a breathtaking and scenic area of Bergenhus Fort, and the main arena comes with the capacity to receive almost 7000 people.
Each year, Bergenfest has 35 – 40 thousand people visiting, and it’s one of the best Scandinavian open-air festivals.
The line-up of performers is always impressive.
Since 1993, this festival hosted Roger Waters, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Iggy & The Stooges, Joan Baez, The Stranglers, Pet Shop Boys, Joe Cocker, Asian Dub Foundation, Kings of Convenience, Gotan Project.
Basic Hotel Bergen is just a 10-minute walk from Bergen’s Bryggen waterfront,
Modern design, breakfast is served in cooperation with a nearby cafe.
Bergen Museum and the Grieg Concert Hall are both only a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
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More than a hundred years of history… A story that drives us through 20th century Berlin…
The inauguration of the first stadium
In 1912, works for the National stadium began with a vision of making a piece that will feature around 12.000 seats and 18.000 standing rooms.
After only 200 days of constructions, on May 15, 1913 – the stadium was proudly inaugurated. This was when German sport was hosted and developed – the centre for competitive sports and German professionals preparing for the Games of 1916.
But then WWI came
National Stadium was closed in 1914, and as of the following year, it served as a military hospital.
This architectural piece was further developed between the two wars by adding a new building in 1922, including a gymnasium, a fencing hall, dining, and a reading room.
The late 1920s brought new plans for hosting the Olympic Games in Berlin what led to a remodelling of the stadium into a sports arena with a capacity of 65.000 people.
Indeed, the idea was great, but this time there was a different problem to start with realising the project as the whole world entered into the economic problems known as the Great Depression.
The 1930s brought changes. Berlin announced an invitation for hosting the Olympic Games of 1936, and in 1931 it defeated Barcelona, becoming the next city host of the Games.
In 1933, Hitler became Chancellor, and he immediately understood the valuable propaganda opportunity Games are offering and started thinking of demolition and building new or remodelling the existing stadium.
The decision was to demolish. During the construction that began in 1934, 500 companies and over 2500 people worked on the stadium, and some reports say that it was a project worth somewhere around 27 million marks.
1936 Olympic Games and national stadium during the WWII
The eleventh Olympic Games began on August 1st, 1936 and lasted for 15 days, with a closing ceremony on August 16th.
Among 3956 athletes, the most successful was legendary Jesse Owens, with four gold medals.
While the games were on, the famous landmark of the stadium – Bell Tower – was used as an observation post by administrators, police officials, doctors, and the media.
Despite positive reviews of the sports competitions, some foreign observers voiced their criticism after realising the facade’s terror regime.
During the Nazi regime, National Stadium was a crucial entertaining venue for German troops. At the dawn of the war, it was used for war purpose – it was a place where German company produced a primer for anti-aircraft weapons.
In late 1944, the underground facilities of the stadium were the headquarters of Germany’s national radio network.
The stadium reopened a year later for the Eight Nations Games, and in 1947, Olympiastadion lost one of its landmarks – The British Military Government ordered to demolish the dilapidated Bell Tower.
In several following years, part after part of the stadium was turned back to German authorities.
The reconstruction of the bell tower began thanks to the efforts of Werner March, and it was completed after two years in 1962. This new tower is 77 meters tall – almost one meter more than the previous one.
The latest renovation of the stadium took places in the 2000s, and on September 8th, 2004, the German national football team played their first match at the new stadium; it was completely prepared for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
UEFA in 2005 named this architectural piece a “Five-Star-Stadium”, which is the highest-ranking possible for stadiums in Europe.
This masterpiece of architecture, Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, is home to Herta BSC football club since 1963.
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Starlite Catalana Occidente Festival in Marbella, Spain
Intimate set up instead of overcrowded arenas is what Starlite Festival Marbella is all about.
Concerts are purposefully for a reduced number of spectators so that they can see and hear their favourites up close.
The auditorium is just above the community of Sierra Blanca. Just a few minutes drive from the centre of Marbella.
From the Starlite Festival Lineup 2022
ANASTACIA – C.TANGANA – GOD SAVE THE QUEEN – SERGIO DALMA – JASON DERULO – SEBASTIÁN YATRA – VANESA MARTÍN – IL DIVO – PABLO ALBORÁN
ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT – NILE RODGERS & CHIC – MALUMA – JESSIE J – SERRAT – LIONEL RICHIE – ANDRÉS CALAMARO – ANA TORROJA – SIMPLE MINDS – DIANA KRALL
CAMILO – MALÚ – PASSENGER – HOMBRES G – RAPHAEL – ESTRELLA MORENTE, ISRAEL FERNÁNDEZ & KIKI MORENTE – ANDREA BOCELLI – SARA BARAS – LEIVA – CARLOS RIVERA – DANI MARTÍN – ESTOPA – OZUNA
Fashion shows are also on the program.
Starlite Lounge turns into the Starlite Disco just after midnight.
So you can listen to the concerts, have a drink or a meal and dance the night away, all in the same place.
For more info and latest updates, visit: starlitemarbella.com
Secure a hotel room. It’s the top season during Starlite Festival
July and August are the maximum tourist months in Marbella, and the whole of Spain, so it is recommended to book well in advance to get a good hotel for your stay.
There is a lot more to do and see in Marbella.
Go to the Old Town and enjoy the typical Andalusian whitewashed houses.
With their abundance of red and pink geraniums hanging in pots on every corner or balcony, it is a great experience.
Have a drink or a meal in Marbella´s Orange Square and enjoy the scent of the orange blossoms.
Maybe you would like to visit a unique little museum: the Bonsai museum.
The little trees are beautiful, and some are very, very old.
Have a trip to Puerto Banus.
Admire the impressive yachts or shop in one of the many fashion boutiques.
You can reach Puerto Banus by ferry from the port of Marbella, and it takes only about 30 minutes.
The ferry docks right below Sinatra Bar in Puerto Banus.
Combine a sightseeing tour in the Old Town and a boat trip to Puerto Banus!
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About Beltane Fire Festival Edinburgh
Beltane Fire Festival is a modern reinterpretation of an ancient Celtic festival marking the changing seasons.
The largest of its kind, it started as a local community event in 1988.
It has grown from a small local event to one that now attracts attendees in the thousands.
A celebration of the natural cycle of birth, growth and death.
The procession starts from the National Monument.
The drums beat as the procession, led by the May Queen and the Green Man, makes its way to its destination.
Depicting the awakening of the May Queen, whose fires chase away winter, the theatre performance is next.
Stripped of his winter guise, the Green Man is reborn as summer.
Loosely translated, Beltane means ‘bright fire’ and that’s what you’ll see when the bonfire is lit.
Drums, theatre, fire, pageantry – it’s an exciting experience.
Places to stay and hotel tips
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel within easy walking distance from Princes Street to all the major sights of Edinburgh and only 300 meters to Calton Hill, the venue of Beltane fire festival.
It offers luxury rooms, a great restaurant, fitness room, spa and swimming-pool
More about Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is well-known as a festival city.
In August, there are six major festivals alone.
The skyline is dominated by the world-famous Edinburgh Castle, which sits on its perch on Castle Rock looking down over the city.
This historic fortress offers a magnificent point to view Edinburgh and its surroundings.
Together the Medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town form a World Heritage Site.
Both are wonderful places to stroll around and take in the architectural styles of the historical buildings.