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What's Happening This Summer in Athens

 Every summer Athens comes alive with musical and theatrical events and you never know who is going to show up to play. From Jethro Tull to The London Philharmonic to Iggy and the Stooges or even Leonard Cohen and Vanilla Fudge, the indoor and outdoor theaters are some of the best places in the world to see a performance. Here are some of the bigger shows going on this summer. This summer there are a few big names like Nick Cave who is worshipped in Greece, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, a bunch of heavy metal bands that can't buy a gig elsewhere but will sell out in Athens, and the return of Leonard Cohen who should be doing a concert every winter at Megaron so adults can sit in a nice comfortable theater, but instead is joining the summer roster of groups like Judas Priest, Metallica, Def Leppard and Iron Maiden at the Rockwave Festival.  

This summer Athens is hosting the European Music Day from June 16-21. There will be over 100 free open air concerts all over Athens and suburbs.

Rock Shows in Athens Summer 2008

June 7 Nick Cave + the Bad Seeds. Lycabettus open air theater.
June 15 Mark Knopfler. Lycabettus open air theater.
June 16 Sting. Rockwave Festival. ( This has not been confirmed.)
June 19-20 James Blunt. Lycabettus open air theater.
June 25 Linkin Park. Rockwave Festival, Terra Vibe.  
July 1 Def Leppard. Whitesnake. Karaiskaki Stadium.
July 3 Metallica.   Rockwave Festival, Terra Vibe.
July 8 The Offspring, Siouxsie, The Gossip, Marky Ramone, Flogging Molly.  Rockwave Festival.
July 9 Judas Priest, Within Temptation, Cavalers Conspiracy, Morbid Angel. Rockwave Festival.
July 10 Manu Chao, Patti Smith, Locomondo.   Rockwave Festival.
July 30 Leonard Cohen.  Rockwave Festival. (LC comes home-See you there!)
August 1 Lenny Kravitz.   Lycabettus open air theater.
August 2 Iron Maiden.   Rockwave Festival.

Rockwave Festival* (note. This is on the national highway towards Lamia. You pass the first tolls and it's a huge pink building on the right. It's about 37 klm. from Athens, but the train takes you right there)

**for Rockwave tickets: Panepistimiou St. Athens. Tel. + 30-210-3608366**

All tickets can be found at the Ticket House  Panepistimiou St. 42 Athens center.

Tel.  + 210-3626540
Tel.  + 210-3608366

Summer Poetry in Spetses: The Athens Center presents nights of poetry, wine and conversation on the beautiful island of Spetses.

For up-to-date information on performances in Athens this summer buy a copy of the Athens News which comes out every Friday.

For Athens Festival information and booking call 210 928 2900. You can make reservations and pay by credit card. The central box office is in the arcade at 39 Panapistimiou Street. Performances are at 21:00 in July and August and 20:30 in September. Herod Atticus is the restored ancient theater below the entrance of the Acropolis. It is an amazing place to see a performance of any kind. For many performances you can buy tickets at the box office two hours before the show. Click for Athens festival Schedule

For information on performances at Lycabettus Theater phone 210 722-7209. This is another great place to see a show, nestled in an old quarry on the top of Mount Lycabettus in the center of Athens.

Petras Open-air Theater is in Petroupoli. The telephone is 210 501-2403

Gagarin 205 Live Music Space is at 205 Liosion Street. The phone number is 210 854-7600

The Vrachon Theater is in Vyronas. The telephone number is 210 762-6438 or 762-6738

For terrific rock shows in a true rock and roll setting check the Athens News and the Athenorama and keep your eyes open for posters advertising shows at Gagarin 205, Half Note Jazz, An Club, House of Art and Rodon. You can find more information on these clubs on the Athens Nightlife page.

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