Let’s Rock Southampton – Pop & Rock Festival, Saturday 9 July 2022


Let’s Rock Southampton

Southampton Common Saturday 9 July 2022




About Let’s Rock Southampton

The Retro Festival

Retro rock at its best! This Let’s Rock Festival is part of a series across the UK from May to July.

Let’s Rock Southampton is back for the fourth year in a row.

Join the celebrations at this family-friendly festival where kids have their kingdom with plenty to keep them occupied.

Enter into the spirit by wearing a retro outfit to rock along with your favourite acts from the 80s.

In addition to lots of fab acts, Sara Cox of BBC Radio 2 will be presenting the Just Can’t Get Enough 80s show.

The fun kicks off at midday, with gates opening at 11.00 and finishing at 22.30.

The running order will only be announced at the festival, so plan on spending the entire day there to ensure you don’t miss your favourite artist.

Put your 80s playlist together now to start setting the mood for what is sure to be a fantastic party!







Where to stay – Hotel Tips


Around the festival site, there are several accommodation options, including the excellent Blue Keys Hotel, Bar & Restaurant.

See what other options Southampton has to offer.

Getting there

Southampton lies approximately 130 km southwest of London.

You’ll find the festival site at Southampton Common 10 km north of Southampton city centre.

The festival organisers have once again arranged a bus shuttle and park & ride services for your convenience.

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Creamfields Festival in Daresbury, UK. 25 – 28 August 2022


Creamfields Festival in Daresbury, UK

25 – 28 August 2022



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Basic Information

When: 25 – 28 August 2022

Where: Daresbury, near Warrington and Liverpool, England

Map: Daresbury on Google Maps

Official website: Creamfields

Hotels: Hotels around Daresbury

Buy Tickets / Ticketmaster UK

About Creamfields Festival

The number of visitors is constantly growing year after year, and it reached the capacity of 60.000 per day.

With a spectacular main stage and visuals, it’s a great show.

Creamfields launched in 1998 as the outdoor clubbing experience, and it became one of the most popular festivals of its kind in the world.

Two outdoor stages and around ten arenas will make it during your stay in Daresbury, UK (near Warrington and Liverpool).

House, EDM, techno, drum and bass, trance, grime and more makes Creamfields a great festival for all dance music fans.

It’s one of Britain’s best festivals, standing shoulder to shoulder with Glastonbury and Reading.

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Nišville Jazz and Blues Festival, Serbia, 11 – 14 August 2022


Nišville Jazz festival

Nis in Serbia, 11 – 14 August 2022



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Serbia’s one more fortress festival – Nisville Jazz

Except for Exit Festival, Serbia has one more festival in the fortress.

Nis fortress, in southern Serbia, dates from 1723.

A period when the Turks ruled over the city and the area.

Nisville Jazz festival venue is in the city’s centre, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, tourist info centre, bus stations etc.

Each year Nišville jazz festival attracts 100.000 visitors with legendary guests such as the saxophonist Grace Kelly or Solomon Burke, who attended the festival in the past.







How to get to Nis

Nis is 235 km from the country’s capital Belgrade, 155 km from Sofia, Bulgaria, and just over 200 km from the Macedonian capital of Skopje.

From all three of these cities, you can come by bus and train to visit Nišville.



Places to stay – Hotel tips


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Art Loft Hotel is even more fascinating with its artistically designed rooms and fine art. Excellent reviews from its guests.

The hotel is in the centre and not too far away from the fortress.

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Best Western Hotel – My Place, an excellent four-star hotel and one of the best-rated hotels in Nis with 9 points of 10!

This hotel is also right in the centre, just across the river, near the fortress.

Check it out here

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Pisa – much more than the Leaning Tower


Pisa – much more than the Leaning Tower



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pisa

Undoubtedly, Pisa is best known as the home of the Leaning Tower, and when you visit this city in Tuscany, this is one landmark not to be missed.

Pisa is a relatively small city, population-wise, with around 85,000 residents living here year-round.

It is situated at the junction of two rivers, the Arno and the Serchio, just a short way inland from the Tyrrhenian Sea and it became an important port city.

The town reached its peak in power and wealth during the 11th century, and it was during this time construction of some of the city’s most significant landmarks was commenced.

How to get here

Pisa’s International Airport is the primary air gateway for the whole of Tuscany, so it’s well linked with the rest of Europe, making it easily accessible by air.

Several airlines fly here year-round, and seasonal flights supplement these.

Admittedly there is just one option if you’re flying from outside of Europe; Delta Air Lines has a direct flight to Pisa from New York JFK during the peak season.

If you’re flying from elsewhere, there are flights to Pisa from major cities like London, Rome, Amsterdam, and Paris, giving you many options for connections with airlines like British Airways, Alitalia, Air France, and EasyJet.

There is a railway station right at the airport, so travelling to other parts of Tuscany is convenient from here.

The airport is only just on the near outskirts of the city, so the journey into central Pisa is quick and affordable by bus, train, or taxi.

Over 100 Hotels

There are over 100 hotels to choose from, with the majority being three stars rated or below. If you prefer to stay in style, though, don’t worry, Pisa also has a couple of 5-star hotels and nine 4 star hotels.

Click here for an overview of all hotels.

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Hotel Relais Dell’Orologio is a popular 5-star choice.

This is probably what you would imagine all hotels in Pisa to look like – old world charm with period furnishings yet the modern-day comforts such as air conditioning provided.

It’s set within a restored 14th-century mansion and is in a great location, just 200 metres from the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The classic, standard double and single rooms are a bit small, so be sure to choose the room that suits you best.

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Grand Hotel Duomo lives up to its name as a grand and inviting high-end hotel. It may be rated four stars, but it has a different charm to Hotel Relais Dell-Orologio.

This one was built in the 1960s and is only a 2-minute walk from the Leaning Tower and Duomo Square.

Weather and climate

Being close to the coast, Pisa does not get quite as hot as some parts of Tuscany – the winds from the sea help to cool the city by a few degrees, and this is usually a welcome break when sightseeing!

July and August see the warmest temperatures on average, with an average high of 29.5C both months.

June is a little more comfortable with an average high of 26C, and although September is pleasant heat-wise, it does get considerably wetter from September through to November.

Winters are cool and damp, so it is not a great time for sightseeing, but it becomes warm and drier from May.

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Festivals and events

If you’re planning a visit for June, you may want to coincide with two of the city’s festivals.

The Luminara Festival takes place on June 16 and is very beautiful, with more than 10,000 candles lit along the banks of the Arno, and the evening ends with a massive fireworks display.

Later in June (the last Sunday of the month) is the Game of Bridge in which the two sides of the city compete over the Ponte di Mezzo (the main bridge in Pisa) by trying to push each side off the bridge.

Attractions in Pisa

Yes, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is by far the city’s best known and loved landmark, but if you thought this was all that Pisa had to offer, think again!

There are museums too, and not to mention the many restaurants where you can sample some of Tuscany’s excellent cuisine.

The city does have several other historical landmarks, including more than 20 historic churches, palaces and bridges. If you’re inclined to enjoy medieval Italian architecture, then you’re going to find several days are filled wandering around the city’s streets.

Leaning tower

The Leaning Tower

Let’s start with the Leaning Tower. It’s the landmark that everybody heads to first, wondering if it does lean as much as it appears to all the photos.

And the answer is ‘yes’! Right now, the tower is leaning by about 3.99 degrees.

This in itself is quite a lot for a building of this size and height, but it’s less than it has been in the past because of efforts to strengthen and straighten it.

Previous to recent restoration work, the angle was 5.5 degrees.

So, why the lean anyway? Well, this campanile – the cathedral’s bell tower – wasn’t supposed to lean.

The lean has always been there, though, appearing early on in the tower’s construction because the foundations were too soft to support its weight.

As the tower grew taller, the tilt got worse, but without the technology hundreds of years ago (it was built between 1173 and 1372), they could not perform the groundwork necessary to stop it from tilting.

Now work has been completed, and the tower should be stabilised to stop it from leaning any further.

There are nearly 300 steps to the top of the tower, and yes, you can climb them.

The novelty of climbing is quite an attraction, but the views from the top are well worth the climb too.

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Piazza del Duomo

The Leaning Tower is one of the four buildings on Pisa’s main square, named Piazza del Duomo, or Piazza dei Miracoli.

The whole square has been designated a World Heritage Site as it is recognised as one of the leading centres of medieval art globally, and the buildings, in addition to the Leaning Tower, include the Duomo (cathedral), the Baptistery, and the Camposanto.

The cathedral is at the heart of the square and was built in 1063. It’s a vast creation with beautiful floors and ceilings, artworks, and mosaics.

The Baptistery is the round building on the opposite side of the cathedral to the leaning tower and is the largest of its kind in Italy. Then there is the Camposanto, the ‘monumental cemetery’, claimed by many to be the most beautiful cemetery globally.

Churches and Palaces

Elsewhere in Pisa, sights include the Medici Palace and the Royal Palace.

There’s the 14th-century town hall, and on Knights’ Square, several of Pisa’s beautiful churches are located.

Be sure to visit some of the city’s museums too, some of which are set within the old palaces.

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