Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer Nights in Belgrade

Belgrade, June 26 (SerbiaToday) - Belgrade has very interesting night life. In Summer it relocates to the beautiful outdoor spaces, and to the banks of Danube and Sava – to river clubs or floating rafts, in Serbian – splavovi. Floating River Clubs are specialty of Belgrade – those rafts, anchored at the riverbank, have been turned into clubs with unlimited working hours. Various clubs offer music for various tastes– pop, rock, electronic, drum&bass, folk, ethno etc.
Some of the most popular clubs are: Amsterdam, Acapulco, Bleywatch, Savana (Danube key, near hotel Yugoslavia), Sound, Plastic, Freestyler, Exile, Povetarac (near Branko`s Bridge, New Belgrade, Sava Bank), Cruise (New Belgrade, blok 70, Sava Bank).
In summertime, in Belgrade, wide selection of bars, cafes, pubs and clubs can be found on both banks of Ada Ciganlija, popular Belgrade lake. There are few places that are true oasis for having great fun during the night. Very popular are: Sunset, Cafe Petica, People`s, Na kraj sveta... Sunset starts transforming from a relaxed place for daily coffee, into one of the best places for nightlife in the city with live music performances. Other clubs also offer live performances and various music nights, DJ nights, party nights .(tropical party, hawaii party, green party...)
This Summer will certanly be crowded in summer version of popular club Bitef Art Caffe (located in the old Evangelical Church in the old part of Belgrade). Bitef Summer stage is in Kalemegdan and this Summer it will cooperate with Belgrade Summer Festival. Announced concerts are- Sean Kuti & The Egypt 80, from Nigeria, Snowboy & The Latin Section and Ashley Thomas, from Great Britain, Soil & "PIMP" Sessions, from Japan, Mulatu Astatkue & The Heliocentrics, Ethiopia, Larry Vuchkovich, USA, along with many local groups which will perform as warm up bands.
Another great concert is also announced for this summer. Carlos Santana, famous musician and guitar player who pioneered bland of rock, salsa and jazz fusion, will have a concert in Kalemegdan, on July, 11th.
In the second half of the Summer Belgrade is to host world superstar, Madonna. Her Belgrade concert (Ušće, 24. August) will be held as a part of the world "Sticky & Sweet" tour. This tour has already included 58 concerts visited by over 2,3 million spectators. In the continuation of one of the biggest tours of all times, Madonna will give 25 new concerts, which will include this one, her first performance ever in Serbia.
Important Summer manifestation in Belgrade is Belgrade Beer Fest, annual event which always presents various kinds of beer, interesting musicians and bands on several stages, and good atmosphere. This year audience will be able to hear - Stereo MC`s ( English electro, acid jazz, trip hop, , LMT Connection (funk soul trio from Nigeria), Leibach (controversial alternative Slovenian group), Darko Rundek and Cargo Orchestra ( popular Croatian singer- pop, rock, world music).
There are many reasons to look forward to Belgrade Summer. Belgrade night life is famous all over Europe. Belgraders enjoy it every Summer and every year more and more foreign visitors come to experience it themselves.
Jelena Jovanovic

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