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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 6 June 2015
14 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM The sounds Neos Kosmos takes a look at the music festivals taking place in Greece and Europe this summer GEORGIOS HATZIMANOLIS Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Rockwave is Greece's largest multiday festival and the most successful festival brand name in the country. Over the last two decades the event has featured a rock-heavy but diverse line-up that has included performances by Depeche Mode, The Cure, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Robert Plant, Fatboy Slim, Franz Ferdinand, The Black Eyed Peas, Oasis and The Prodigy. This year's line up includes Robbie Williams (June 20), The Prodigy and Judas Priest (July 4) and Manu Chao (July 21). The festival got off to a rocking start last week when US duo The Black Keys performed in front of a large and vocal crowd of more than 25,000 at Terravibe Park. Tickets for the first of the Rockwave series began at just over $60 (42 euro) per ticket. Concertgoers like Nikos Stavrakis, 29, believe the show was well worth the price of admission. "This was one of the best shows I have ever seen in Greece. I am a huge fan of The Black Keys so I was very excited when I heard they were coming and I am happy to say I was not disappointed. This was a great show," Stavrakis said following the event. Others in the crowd, like marketing student Natalia Stavrou, 21, also left the show satisfied, but wanting more festivals and live acts in Greece. "The Black Keys did a very good job entertaining us and keeping us dancing all night long, the track of the night was definitely Lonely Boy," Stavrou said. She believes Greek music fans have shown their full support for these kinds of festivals and hopes that they will get "bigger and better over the years". "I would really love to see the likes of Wu Tang Clan, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Audioslave, Terror, Bring Me the Horizon, Ulver and so many more I can't even count," she says when asked which acts she would like to see perform in Greece. The student said she plans on attending more festivals this summer, including the remaining dates of the Rockwave Festival and the Plisskën Festival, which is taking place in Athens this weekend. Plisskën, a music festival that has its roots in Greece, begun in December 2010 and in just five years has grown to include a total line-up of more than 130 international artists and selected local acts over its four editions. Organisers of the event claim Plisskën prides itself for its "genre-defying philosophy" and aims to embrace music from a diversified background. Growing organically is a main element of the festival's development and is achieved collectively by the efforts of all those involved, be it artists, volunteers or audience. This year's event is taking place at the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre in Tavros, an inner-city suburb of Athens. The shows kicked off last night, with tickets on the door selling for $65 (45 euro) per day. The line up is, as organisers promised, diverse, and includes the likes of Soul Clap, Mudhoney, Mogwai, Squarepusher and Brodinski. Retail assistant Jana Nikolaou, 25, says this is the event she is most looking forward to all summer. "Plisskën events have a little more Swans at Plissken Festival, Athens. One of the most promising summer music festivals in Europe running this weekend. A huge crowd attends Mogwai’s live performance in Athens. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAN MEDHURST.
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