The concert will take place on
Dvortsova Square close to the Hermitage, and it will be a full gala
performance from the woman, who is 50 years old. The visit to Russia is part of her Sticky and Sweet Tour (we’re sure she’s talking about toffee), and is part of a 16-concert tour. It will definitely be worth seeing, and it’s only next-door.
Woodstock Music and Art Fair
15 and 16 August in New York
22 and 23 August in Berlin
Probably the most famous music festival ever to have taken place happened just outside the little town of Bethel, Upstate New York, in the summer of 1969. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary concert in which Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Free, a very young Joe Cocker and many more performed, and to celebrate the birthday there will be two festivals held, one in New York, and one in Berlin. Organisers are hoping to make both events free-entry, but in order to do so they need to raise over $10 million, so don’t hold your breath for that. But as The Who and Red Hot Chilli Peppers have already confirmed, it’s going to be massive either way.
Dublin Irish Festival
31 July ‘til 2 August
Irish and especially Celtic culture has become a global phenomenon over recent years, and you might think the best place to experience it, just like Guinness, would be Ireland. But apparently you would be wrong, because while the biggest festival of Irish culture takes place in Dublin, it is not Dublin, Ireland, but Dublin, Ohio. The three-day event covers all things Celtic including dance, games, sports, music, arts and crafts, and Guinness. This year all American citizens with Irish roots (and there are a lot of them) will get together to eat, drink and party like only the Irish can. And you can join them.
Matera’s Festa della Madonna Bruna
If you’re thinking you might go to Italy for your summer holidays then why not go to Matera in the south of the country and visit one of the most legendary events in its history. Legend has it that in 1380 an ordinary farmer gave a lift to a young girl who turned into a statue of the Madonna when they entered the town. Just before turning to stone, however, the girl requested that her statue be carried through the town every year. Nowadays, thousands of people from all over the world gather to watch her being carried through the streets by Knights dressed in armour. The day finishes with a massive fireworks display which marks the start of the real party which goes on right through the night.
La Tomatina Festival
26 August ‘til 30 August
Food fight! If you feel the year has been a hard one and you want to get rid of some of that pent up aggression then you should head to the town of Bunol in Valencia, Spain, for what is the biggest and messiest food fight in the world. Starting on the last Wednesday in August the whole population of the town and thousands of visitors, start pelting each other with tomatoes, and keep doing so for 12 hours. Of course, more recently some people have been complaining about the waste,but it hasn’t made the event any less popular. As well as turning the town red with tomatoes, the whole week is filled with music, art and fireworks.
Pamplona Bull Run
Life feeling a little mundane? Looking for some excitement? Then why not try the festival of San Fermin, or the Pamplona bull running as it’s more commonly known outside of Spain. The event officially begins at midday on 6th July every year with the ‘chupinazo’ which takes place on the balcony of the Casa Consistorial in Pamplona. Thousands of people congregate in the square awaiting the mayor’s official announcement that the fiestas have begun, a rocket is launched and the partying begins.
The bull run officially begins at 8.00am on 7 July, and so if you feel like running for your life through narrow streets and alleyways chased by frenzied bulls with razor sharp horns and getting gored to death, this is just the thing for you.
Ukrainian Festival in Toronto
18 September ‘til 20 September
The biggest festival of Ukrainian culture takes place every year in Toronto Canada, so if you feel like you want a change of scenery but that you might miss good ol’ Ukr, then why not head there for your hols? Only 3,000 people attended the first event in 1995, but by last year that number had grown to 350,000. Every year top Ukrainian bands are invited to perform, and in the past Ruslana, VV and Barvinok have topped the bill. The headliner for this year’s event has yet to be announced, but you can be assured it will be someone good.
Edinburgh International Festival
14 August ‘til 6 September
The Edniburgh Festival has become one of the largest cultural events in the world and now encompasses all forms of the arts including dance, theatre, sculpting, literature, cinema, painting, and anything else you can think of. It has now become the number one place to showcase new work, and the ever popular ‘Fringe’ in which some truly dismal performances can be seen along side some great little one-person shows looking to make a mark is a legendary part of it all. Stroll down the Royal Mile and watch some truly mind-blowing attempts to attract an audience. This is art democracy at its best!
Sziget Music Festival 2009
12 August ‘til 16 August
For 17 years now, people have been assembling on Obuda Island in Budapest, Hungary, to spend five days listening to the best music around. And every year the event gets bigger and better as it attracts more and more star acts. Last year more than 300,000 people attended the festival, and this year the crowd is expected to be even larger. There will be 70 stages on which you will be able to hear anything from classical to death metal. Headliners so far confirmed for this year’s Hungarian fest are The Offspring, Faith No More, Prodigy, Ska-P, Die Toten Hosen, and Placebo.
What’s On 10 Years Birthday Party
But don’t worry if you’re stuck in Kyiv over the summer, because the best event of the year takes place right here as your favourite magazine celebrates it’s tenth birthday party with a huge party at the open air club Zelenyi Teatr. Top Ukrainian bands XS, 4 Kings and Jango will perform on the night, all of which will be followed by live sets from DJ Starkov and DJ Joki. Starting at 22.00 and going on right through the night, this is going to be the one summer event you have to attend. Everyone who’s anyone will be there. And you should be too! What’s On is always invited to attend local parties, but this time we have the pleasure of inviting everyone to attend ours. It will be the best