Nesto­rio River Party gears up for 5 days of mu­sic, camp­ing and fun

Kathimerini English - - Focus - CHRISTINA SANOUDOU

The an­nual Nesto­rio River Party’s win­ning blend of camp­ing, swim­ming and live mu­sic has turned it into one of the most pop­u­lar sum­mer events in Greece.

Over the course of five days, the day­light hours will be ded­i­cated to chill­ing out and sur­prise hap­pen­ings on the banks of this beau­ti­ful river in the north­ern Greek pre­fec­ture of Kas­to­ria (as well as splash­ing around in it), and the nights to mu­sic – cour­tesy of es­tab­lished and new­comer lo­cal acts as well as for­eign guests, on four stages, start­ing early each even­ing.

Part-timers

Camp­ing in the river’s lush land­scape is with­out doubt a big part of the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence and if you haven’t got the gear you can rent a tent that is al­ready set up and in­cludes sleep­ing bags and an in­flat­able mat­tress. But camp­ing isn’t an obli­ga­tion and many pre­fer to stay at ho­tels or guest houses in the broader area and at­tend the fes­ti­val when they feel like it, rather that be­ing in the thick of the ac­tion all the time.

This year’s fes­ti­val be­gins to­mor­row with con­certs by Greece’s rock­metal band Planet of Zeus and stoner punks 1000 Mods, French col­lec­tive Tai­wan MC with its sig­na­ture trip-hop and Ger­man hip-hop act Ira­tus, among oth­ers. The sec­ond day is given over mostly to Greek singers, in­clud­ing Vas­silis Pa­pa­con­stanti­nou, Mil­tos Pascha­lidis and Leonidas Balafas, while Friday fea­tures satirist Tz­imis Panousis, Di­mos Anas­tasi­ades, the Xax­akes band and oth­ers. Lo­cal acts Natasha Bofil­iou, Imam Baildi, Melisses, Yian­nis Zouganelis, Play­men and An­ge­lika Dusk are also slated to ap­pear.

Mean­while, floor-fill­ing Greek DJs will be spin­ning the decks nightly on the Tequila Stage.

The eas­i­est way to get to the venue if you haven’t got a car is with the River Bus ser­vice, which will be de­part­ing from Athens, Thes­sa­loniki and Lamia to­mor­row morn­ing and re­turn­ing on Sunday. For a de­tailed pro­gram and trans­port reser­va­tions, visit the event’s web­site peo­ple.gr/river­party (in Greek only), or email info@river­party.org.

One-day tick­ets or a five-day fes­ti­val pass can be pur­chased on­line at www.viva.gr or by call­ing 11876.

The Nesto­rio River camp­site is al­ready open if you want get there in ad­vance and bag a good spot.

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