THE LARGEST Slovak music festival, Bažant Pohoda, which will take place on July 16 and 17 in Trenčín, has found a new venue - the Trenčín airport. The organisers were forced to leave the Areál pod Sokolicami area after seven years, because of reconstruction.
"The airport is one of the best venues for a festival I have ever seen; there's concrete and grass," said Michal Kaščák, the festival's organiser and Trenčín native, explaining that that the mud that made the festival famous among photographers and also raised great interest abroad will be history.
The composition of the festival's eighth year will be similar to those in the past. Seven stages will offer live concerts, electronic and dance music performances, and all other genres but mainstream, country, and metal.
"This year brings more headliners than ever before," said Kaščák.
Among the 137 artists from 22 countries, festival goers can look forward to such stars as Moloko and Chumbawamba from Great Britain, the Leningrad Cowboys from Finland, Grammy winner Cesaria Evory from Cape Verde, Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia, and Bob Marley's band The Wailers from Jamaica.
The Defence Ministry, who manages the airport, immediately jumped to agree to rent the space when the organisers approached it with a request. According to the ministry, the festival will help present the army in a non-violent, non-militant way as "an army with a human face". The Brass Orchestra of the Armed Forces will open the festival.
The mayor of Trenčín, Branislav Celler, is happy that the festival stayed in the town, as there was uncertainty about its new location. The town contributed Sk900,000 (€22,500) to it. "There are three important things in Trenčín - the castle, hockey, and Pohoda," he said.
For more information visit www.pohodafestival.sk.
Prepared by Zuzana Habšudová