Music

MetalDays

24. 07. - 30. 07. 2022

Tolmin

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MetalDays

Dijaška ulica 18 SI-5220, Tolmin

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Though the first edition of the international metal music festival MetalDays was held in 2013, the festival actually goes back to 2004, as it is in all but name a continuation of the legendary Metalcamp. As such, for some time now, it is one of the central metal events in this part of Europe, attracting a massive international audience of thousands of fans from Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, the Mediterranean countries, and Slovenia. This is, among other things, due to the carefully crafted conjunction of a musical experience with a tourist one.

The festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the Alps and is held at the Sotočje peninsula at Tolmin. Its programme represents a wide variety of genres and sub-genres of metal with the addition of hardcore influenced styles in the 7-day gathering of bands performing on a couple of stages.

Background

Metalcamp, with its programme and especially its fantastic location, fast made a name for itself amongst the metal crowds from the whole of Europe. In its 10 years, its line-up featured a very decent part of the prolific metal bands touring around Europe and hosted Danzig, Apocalyptica, Hypocrisy, Blind Guardian, Ancient, Satyricon, Lamb of God, Primal Fear, Slayer, Anthrax, Obituary, Soulfly, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, Motörhead, Cradle of Filth, Sepultura, Kreator, Immortal, Korpiklaani, Pain, The Exploited, Ministry, In Flames, Morbid Angels, Nightwish, Napalm Death, Down, Cannibal Corpse, Over Kill, Behemoth, Sabaton and the local powerhouse Noctiferia. The festival also had a second stage for newcomers.

MetalDays programme

Programme-wise, the MetalDays has kept the festival’s original direction and has hosted artists such as Annihilator, Iced Earth, In Flames, King Diamond, Mayhem, Sonata Arctica and Wintersun, Children of Bodom , Amorphis, Opeth, Megadeth, Korn, Sepultura, Dream Theater, Fear factory, etc. Nevertheless, MetalDays has enriched its roster by having the second stage booked by Dirty Skunks, a promoter that also has a year-long concert programme, staging various alternative music genres like metal, hardcore, punk and the many things in-between. To their stage in Sotočje they’ve brought bands like Rotting Christ, Beheaded, Immolation, Aborted, Nocturnal Depression, The Canyon Observer, Benediction and Vicious Rumors. There are also concert slots for newcomers, who are still strongly featured at this festival.

Besides music there is naturally some additional programme, the most curious one probably being man-in-thongs-volleyball (its corresponding sports happening being topless badminton). There are also occasional striptease shows and a karaoke stand.

MetalHoliday

As the audience is mostly international, MetalDays is logistically supported by MetalHoliday, an organisation that plans and organises coach trips to the festivals MetalDays (and Punk Rock Holiday – another summer festival held at that same location) from about 10 European countries and around 50 cities. MetalDays also makes available for rent all the stuff one needs for festival camping.

Myra Locatelli Cultural Association

Tolmin

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Kulturno društvo Myra Locatelli

Volče 123 SI-5220, Tolmin

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The Myra Locatelli Cultural Association’s starting point in 2000 was the Show Your Tongue International School of Scriptwriting. Later on its programme has developed some new initiatives which aim to connect different artistic and literary forms, and above all to develop them into interesting projects.

In the recent years the association has been organising the annual Lukatelce Festival, dedicated to ethno music and literature with a high quality programme. It takes place in the intimate atmosphere of the Locatelli homestead in Volče and is hosted by Zdravko Duša, writer, translator, and editor.

Lukatelova House

The Lukatelova House in Volče is home to the Myra Locatelli Cultural Association. Myra renews house contents, updates the village tradition, prints books, and sometimes releases a CD.

In the summer, almost every week, it invites lovers of books, conversations and art. Interesting authors, exciting topics, art exhibitions, music, films and also gourmet delights are the contribution of the Lukatel House to the local environment.

From the presentation of the Fičko throughout Yugoslavia book, ZRC Publishing

Music

Overjam Reggae Festival

15. 08. - 20. 08. 2022

Tolmin

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Overjam Reggae Festival

Dijaška ulica 18 5220 , Tolmin

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Overjam Reggae Festival is summer music festival that has been delivering reggae, dub, and dancehall music since 2012. The 4-day event takes place at Sotočje, a peninsula at the confluence of two mountain rivers in Tolmin, where its predecessor Soča Reggae Riversplash was previously held annually since 2000. As such, reggae has a long tradition at that location, where it now once again hosts a varied mix of regional and international artists and audiences.

The festival has an international organising consortium, with the Slovenian part of it being Kurz Rock Vibe.

The venue and its history

Sotočje, with its mountainous backdrop, has since the turn of the millennium fast become the number one location for Slovene summer festivals. This makes sense, as Sotočje is set in an alpine region with a somewhat Mediterranean climate, having the gorgeous and swimming-friendly Soča River at its disposal. It can equally adequately accommodate both boutique festivals for 200 and massive events for 12,000 visitors, with the organisers also profiting from the relative proximity of Italian and Austrian audiences.

Alongside the pioneering and still active Sajeta Creative Camp, Soča Reggae Riversplash did the most to popularise the venue, where now the massively popular MetalDays (held since 2004), the yet-young Punk Rock Holiday (held since 2012) and some more sporadic events now take place each summer. Before it saw its last edition in 2009, Riversplash had brought many renowned artists such as Macka B, Gentleman, and Michael Rose of Black Uhuru to Slovenia.

Overjam musical and other programme

Filling a two-year vacuum in the Slovenian reggae scene, Overjam was first held in the village of Vrtojba, near the Italian border. The temporary location was chosen because of the festival’s Italian co-organisers. In 2013, the festival (re-)emerged in Sotočje and since then its line-up has hosted Zion Train, Dub Inc, Macka B, Groundation, Barrington Levy, Channel One soundsystem, Anthony B, Skarra Mucci, Hollie Cook, Ricky Trooper, Luciano, Max Romeo, Fatman Hifi,…

One can also attend lectures at the so-called Overjam University, join the workshops on drumming, yoga, juggling, slacklining, clay making and similar, or just come a bit earlier and chill at the pre-party event. Kids are even welcome at the festival and can spend some quality time at Overjam 4 Kidz. Last but not least, there is the river to swim in and the surrounding Soča Valley boasting a plethora of other outdoor and cultural activities.