North­ern sum­mer

Enues in sub­lime set­tings for rev­ellers with some cash to spare

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 -

quarry turned mu­sic venue is an­other great ex­am­ple of the ele­ments de­liv­er­ing a nat­u­ral stage.

Thanks to a me­te­orite strike that left the re­gion rich in lime­stone and 50 years of ex­ca­va­tion, a per­fectly shaped acous­tic bowl emerged. Now crowds de­scend into the 55m-deep, 400m-long hole for the ul­ti­mate in sur­round sound ex­pe­ri­ences.

The dra­matic lay­ers of rock that rise above just add to the vis­ual ef­fect. Patti Smith adds her mu­sic to the mix this sum­mer as well. Koote­nay Lake, Kaslo, Bri­tish Columbia, Canada Here’s a venue you won’t find ev­ery day. In fact, it only ex­ists for a three­day mu­sic fes­ti­val held each Au­gust.

The stage for the Kaslo Jazz Fes­ti­val floats just off the beach on a serene lake­front, with deep blue wa­ter, bob­bing boats and even some dis­tant hill­tops as a back­drop. With at­ten­dees loung­ing in beach chairs or swim­ming around the stage, the whole event has a ca­sual sum­mer­time feel. How­ever, when the mu­si­cians take to the float­ing stage, the en­ergy spikes and the crowd dives into the mu­sic as well.

With per­for­mances from the likes of Tiempo Li­bre and Dave Brubeck, the fes­ti­val of­fers a great com­bi­na­tion of set­ting and sound. Sarawak Cul­tural Vil­lage, Kuching, Bor­neo, Malaysia This out­door mu­seum is a liv­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of the many tribes and cul­tures of Malaysia.

Vis­i­tors can ex­plore the homes and life­styles of var­i­ous na­tive pop­u­la­tions in this eth­ni­cally di­verse re­gion and are treated to daily dance and mu­sic per­for­mances. Odeon of Herodes At­ti­cus, Athens, Greece Ini­tially built be­tween 160 and 174 AD by Herodes At­ti­cus in mem­ory of his wife, this am­phithe­atre on the south­ern slope of the Acrop­o­lis is a sto­ried as well as scenic venue.

Ex­ten­sively re­stored in the mid­dle of the 20th cen­tury, the Herodeon is a cen­tre­piece of the an­nual Athens Fes­ti­val, a sum­mer-long pro­gramme of arts and en­ter­tain­ment dat­ing back to 1955.

In ad­di­tion to clas­si­cal, jazz and folk per­form­ers for the Athens Fes­ti­val in­clud­ing, this year, the Greek National Opera as well as Haris Alex­iou, the re­born ruin has been cen­tre stage for a num­ber of his­toric mu­sic mo­ments.

El­ton John, Sting, Yanni and An­drea Boc­celli have all per­formed ma­jor events here. Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY, US A land­mark for Long Is­land and the greater New York area, this wa­ter­front am­phithe­atre once had a true stand­out stage.

It was on an is­land, with a moat sep­a­rat­ing the au­di­ence from the per­form­ers. A boat had to de­liver the stars of the show to per­form. The moat has since been filled in, but the feel­ing of see­ing a show with the waves lapping at your feet re­mains.

Ex­pect to take in Ma­roon 5, Bob Dy­lan, The Black Crows and Lil’ Wayne along with the view this sum­mer.

Ushuaïa Beach Ho­tel, Ibiza A renowned party spot, Ibiza is a mix of blue wa­ters, stun­ning sun­sets, big rock faces, large yachts and scant­ily clad tourists.

In the midst of this scene lies Ushuaïa Beach Ho­tel.

Steps from the beach, the ho­tel fea­tures a stage that, from early af­ter­noon, pulses with elec­tronic mu­sic.

A mix of lo­cal artists and DJs keeps the party go­ing all sum­mer and the hi-tech light show of­ten keeps go­ing un­til the ris­ing sun takes over. – Reuters

CAST ADRIFT: Jazz lovers can watch worl­drenowned mu­si­cians per­form on a float­ing stage at the Kalso Jazz Fes­ti­val on Koote­nay Lake in Canada.

oncert at­tended by thou­sands of peo­ple.

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