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.
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
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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