When: June 26–28
Dobrofest, a tribute to American Slovak John Dopyera, the inventor of the dobro (a resophonic guitar), takes place in Trnava for the 17th time this year, making it one of the oldest music festivals in Slovakia. The festival presents the dobro and its use in various music genres, such as country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, folk and rock. This year’s Dobrofest will host musicians from 11 countries.
Where: Zelená Voda, Nové Mesto nad Váhom
When: June 27-28
The 5th year of Topfest, an international open-air festival, will host the American thrash-metal group Slayer, which recently won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance. Visitors can see concerts by various Slovak, Czech and foreign musicians on three stages. Among the biggest Slovak music names are Desmod, Zóna A, and Para. The Czech Republic will be represented by a number of musicians, among them Kabát and Chinaski. Also on tap is electronic music like drum’n’bass, house and trip-hop.
Where: Piešťany Airport
When: July 4-5
The program of the Hodokvas multimedia festival, the second largest festival in Slovakia, is filled with various music genres and musicians from several countries in Europe and the US. Now in its 9th year, Hodokvas attracts visitors with big names like the Sex Pistols, Cypress Hill and I AM X. Czech bands include Čechomor, HC3 and Monkey Business. Many Slovak musicians representing different genres will play at Hodokvas as well, including Horkýže Slíže, Lavagance and Slobodná Európa.
Where: Oázacamp Komoča, Nitra
When: July 3-5
Klikkfest is a festival supporting amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians. This year’s motto is ‘Friendship Without Borders’, as the festival brings together Slovak and Hungarian artists. Among the Slovak names on stage will be Vidiek and Polemic, while Hungary will be represented by Pokolgép, Korál a Belga and others. The headliner will be the English band Chumbawamba. A folk music and literary stage will also be part of the festival.
Where: Banská Štiavnica
When: July 5-8
This jazz festival in Banská Štiavnica hosts a jazz elite from Slovakia and abroad. Among the biggest names this year is the Israeli-American Avishai Cohen Trio, the Hungarian Equinox, Polish jazz star Anna Maria Jopek, and Slovak jazzman Peter Lipa.
When: August 1-2
Okey Leto, the biggest festival in Eastern Slovakia, takes place at the football stadium in Poprad. The festival will host over two dozens musicians, offering a selection of popular and mainstream music from Slovakia and the Czech Republic, such as Peter Cmorik, Zuzana Smatanova, Desmod, Peha, Gladiator and many more. The headliner of Okey Leto is traditionally a foreign pop star, but the name had not been released at press time.
Where: Autocamping Lodenica Piešťany
When: August 28-30
Lodenica, an open-air festival of country, folk and tramp music, is one of the most-visited country festivals in Central Europe. Concerts will be accompanied by a country dance school, beach volleyball matches, western performances etc. Lodenica is also a child-friendly festival, with activities like face-painting, puppet theaters, competitions and various games for children.
23. Jun 2008 at 0:00 | Michaela Terenzani