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Dispatches’ Advance Notice Event Guide: 14 December 2017 Edition

We’re halfway through December, and only two weeks away until 2017 becomes a fading memory. Whether you’re shopping for that perfect Christmas gift in Vienna, exploring Europe’s strangest border anomaly in the Netherlands, or hopping aboard the Bitcoin Express to Bubbletown, we’ve got your social calendar covered with upcoming events you need to know about in our weekly Advance Notice Event Guide for Europe.

This week, we’ve got a last-minute Christmas market in Amsterdam, an upcoming winter festival in Kiruna, and The Cure’s 40th anniversary in London. Let’s go!

• MID-DECEMBER THROUGH NEW YEAR’S 2017/2018

Amsterdam – De Amsterdamse Winterparade: Looking for a last-minute Christmas present? Head over to RAI Amsterdam for De Amsterdamse Winterparade next Thursday through New Year’s Day.

Though the name suggests there might be a parade, De Amsterdamse Parade isn’t a parade at all, nor are there any parades on the schedule. Instead, the Christmas market takes inspiration from the large Christmas markets in Berlin and London. Thus, there’s a big Ferris wheel, a skating rink, pop-up restaurants, parties, a Christmas cinema, a beer village, a food market, and — of course — stalls upon stalls upon stalls of gifts ready to go under de kerstboom.

Admission to De Amsterdamse Winteparade starts at €8.51.

There’s also a Winterparade in Haarlem.

Amsterdam – King of the Gypsies New Year’s Party: The King of the Gypsies NYEve party seems to be playing on the wildly popular “Peaky Binders” saga, with four gypsy families.

You can take a quiz to find out if you have a gypsy soul. (See the featured vid at the top of the page.) If you do, then you won’t want to miss this New Year’s Eve party in the center of Amsterdam.

This isn’t really a gypsy party. At least we don’t think it is. But the details are tantalizing: An old abandoned theater in the heart of Amsterdam “where we can wonder, take on a game of arm wrestling, listen to violin battles, drink absinthe and dance to Balkan bands and magnificent dj’s.” The best NYEve party that you’ll never quite be able to remember?

This just popped up in our email so we don’t know much about it. But someone spent a gypsy fortune on the graphics and video production.

About the group putting this on:

Lloyd-Acardi has been creating extraordinary New Years events in Amsterdam since the year 2004. Mission statement: Continuously seeking to open the mind of others, and bringing that special atmosphere back to life at this special date and time.

You can get tickets here starting about  65 euros.

Barcelona – La Ciutat dels Somnis: Formerly known as El Festival de la Infancia (The Children’s Festival en español), La Ciutat dels Somnis (The City of Dreams en català) in Barcelona’s Fira Barcelona – Recinto Montjuïc will give your little ones the opportunity to live their dreams of being what they’ve always dreamed they’d be when they grow up.

Whether your children wear the big shoes of a doctor, engineer, draftsman, or inventor, they will learn how each profession and trade functions in the adult world in their interactions with the family and the community.

Tickets to La Ciutat dels Somnis are €6, free for children under 4 years of age. The career festival runs from 27 through 30 December.

Berlin – Lost – 48 Hours Artfestival: By mid-December 2017, the Willner Brewery in the heart of Berlin will become a fading memory, the result of a booming real estate market.

Before this happens, though, the brewery will host its final art festival, Lost – 48 Hours Artfestival, from 18:00 to 18:00 this Friday through Sunday. The 3000 m2 space will host 80 artists involved in three exhibitions, while performances and talks take place on two stages, and electronic music from three Berlin-based labels fills the air.

And the best part? Admission is free; all you need to do is register.

Brussels – Be Film Festival: If you want to see the best in Belgian cinema, the 13th edition of the Be Film Festival is for you.

Taking place at Palais des Beaux-Arts and La Cinémathèque Royale in Brussels from this coming Tuesday through Christmas Eve, the annual film festival “offers a cinematographic and festive meeting in the company of some of the leading lights of Belgian cinema.”

A number of the films on the programme have already been seen at some of the biggest film festivals in Europe, including Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, so you can see them again or catch them for the first time.

A pass to the Be Film Festival is €28. Tickets to the opening ceremony — featuring the film Une Part d’ombre by Samuel Tilman — are €10. Tickets for individual screenings will be available online soon: €4 for screenings at Cinematek, €7 at BOZAR.

Copenhagen – New Years Eve Copenhagen x Around The World x HIVE x 2017/2018: After watching the Queen’s New Year’s speech at 18:00 New Year’s Eve, put on those red shoes and sway to the sounds of HIVE’s New Year’s celebration.

From 22:00 to 5:00, the nightclub will ring in the New Year on the hour every hour, starting with Dubai at 22:00, followed by Moscow, Copenhagen, London, Reykjavik, Cape Verde, Rio de Janeiro, and finally, Buenos Aires. In between, acrobats and dancers will dazzle your senses amid the many champagne flutes and confetti rainstorms.

Tickets to HIVE’s Around The World celebration range between DKK 150 and DKK 2,400 (€21 – €323), depending on how fancy you want to be to ring in 2018.

Deventer – Dickens Festijn: Expats in the Netherlands know about this. For the rest of you, the Netherlands has this obsession at Christmas time with the author of A Christmas Carol.

For example, our own Terry and Cheryl went to a festival in Thorn last year and guess what? There was an entire village of people dressed up as characters from the Christmas classic greeting visitors. They thought it was cool, to say the least.

You, too, can experience the Dutch Dickens at the Dickens Festijn this Saturday and Sunday in Deventer, which is about 97 kilometers east of Amsterdam. This is about more than A Christmas Carol. This festival encompasses the whole charming town of Deventer, where over 950 characters from Dickens’ novels come to life, including those from Oliver Twist and his first novel, The Pickwick Papers.

This is a huge deal, with a Dickens Museum and big celebrations in several locations, including a theater. And about 125,000 visitors show up each year for a bit of the Christmas spirit. And if this doesn’t do it for you, nothing will!

One tiny detail: You can expect to wait about an hour in line to get into the village at the height of the festival; it’s that popular.

There are dinner and hotel packages if you want to make it a weekend, too.

Eindhoven – Sushi Festival Eindhoven: Bayonetta once said it wasn’t Christmas without caviar (while fighting angels on a train on Christmas Eve, no less). Would this writer’s favorite Umbra Witch consider sushi as a Christmas delicacy, as well?

You might after attending Sushi Festival Eindhoven in Eindhoven, Netherlands 23 and 24 December. Sushi stands, workshops, chefs, and more await your senses a mere 48 hours before Sinterklaas and/or the Krampus come to visit your house!

Tickets to Sushi Festival Eindhoven range from €10.50 to €26.50, depending on how much you love your sushi. Don’t sleep on this, though: Christmas Eve is sold-out, and the 23rd is close to doing the same.

Geneva – Geneva Lux Festival: The city of Geneva, Switzerland will be awash in light when the Geneva Lux Festival returns now through 14 January 2018.

An initiative of the Mayor of Geneva since 2014, artists from around the world will bring their festive light installations to the heart of the city, including: Jardin Anglais; Rue de Rhône; Place Bel-Air; Place Longemalle; Ile Rousseau; Rue de Mont-Blanc; and Place Simon Goulard. Six new installations will be among the 22 on display this year.

And the best part? Admission is free.

Luxembourg City – Luxembourg Light Festival: Another light festival to add to the calendar, this time the Luxembourg Light Festival in Luxembourg City this Friday through Sunday from 18:00 to 23:00 each night.

Organised by the City of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg City Tourist Office, the light festival will feature artists from all over the world “exposing their light artworks along a set itinerary along the various sights of the city”; this map will help you along the way.

Should you wish to book a guided tour, though, you can do so here for €12; the price includes a drink voucher at the Christmas market at Place d’Armes.

Munich – Tollwood New Year’s Eve Gala + New Year’s Eve Party: For 10 years, the biannual Tollwood Festival has been bringing concerts, performances and exhibitions to the center of Munich, one of Europe’s most exciting cities. The music and arts festival occurs in the summer and winter, the latter occurring now through New Year’s Eve.

When New Year’s Eve arrives, Tollwood brings everything to a close with its New Year’s Eve Gala and New Year’s Eve Party. At this year’s gala, Hannes Ringlstetter and Ecco DiLorenzo & His Innersoul bring comedy and funk together under the roof of the Grand Chapiteau. Meanwhile, the party on the Tollwood Festival Ground is five stages of live reggae, blues, rock, classical, and DJs.

Tickets to the gala are €142.80 – €152, which also grants access to the party outside. Ticket to the party, on the other hand, are €24.85.

Paris – Crazy Réveillon: There are many ways to spend La Réveillon de Saint Sylvestre in Paris, but if a sexy celebration is what you’re after, then the famed Crazy Horse is the place to go for its Crazy Réveillon!

Crazy Horse is a cabaret unlike no other, and there’s no better way to experience the magic of Crazy Horse than during one of the three shows held during the last few hours of 2017 and first hours of 2018.

The 2017 shows will have half-bottles of upgraded champagne and 12 grams of Petrossian Eggxiting Caviar, while the first show of 2018 exchanges the caviar for a sweet delicacy. And of course, all three shows will have some of the finest burlesque performances you’ll ever bear witness to.

Tickets to Crazy Horse’s Crazy Réveillon are €210 for the 19:45 show, €250 for the 22:15 show, and €170 for the 1:00 show.

Stockholm – Nyårskonsert!: The nights are so long in Stockholm that the days are but brief moments of light in an otherwise darkened shroud of winter. But don’t let it prevent you from celebrating the new year, though.

Stockholm Cathedral will welcome 2018 with Nyårskonsert!, featuring “two jubilant masterpieces for choir, soli and orchestra”: Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Coronation Mass KV 317.

Tickets to Nyårskonsert! range between SEK 80 and SEK 320 (€8 – €32). The performance runs from 16:00 to 17:30.

Vienna – Grand Christmas Gala: Need a little Christmas cheer with your Viennese ball? Then waltz on over to the Grand Hotel Wien this Saturday for the 2017 edition of the Grand Christmas Gala.

Entertainment for the ball includes: violinist Barbara Helfgott; the “play of colors, light, movement, music and emotions presented with an expressive passion” of Joumana Dance Show; and live music to waltz to by Cheer Up!. As always, be sure to wear your finest ball gowns and tuxes, and get ready to dance the night away from 19:30 Saturday through the early morning hours on Sunday.

Tickets to the Grand Christmas Gala are €180 for the regular VIP package, €240 for the Super VIP package, which can either be purchased in-person at the organizer’s office, or via email at office@eliteevents.at.

Zwolle – Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival: If you’re ready to take your Christmas to the next level, check out the 2017-18 edition of the Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival next Friday through 4 March 2018 at the IJsselhallen in Zwolle.

Already Europe’s largest ice sculpture festival, this year’s outing is larger than ever with over 100 sculptures of ice and snow towering as high as six meters, displayed over 3,000 m² of show space in temps of around -8 degrees Celsius (18 degrees Fahrenheit).

Works from 42 ice artists cover this year’s theme of world-famous stories, such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and more.

Tickets to the Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival are €14.50 regular admission, €10 for children between 4 and 10, €11.50 for adults above 65; fast lane tickets — meaning a shorter wait in line — are €5 more.

• JANUARY 2018

Amsterdam – Nationale Tulpendag: Besides Freestate Amsterdam, a few tropes about the Netherlands spring up when one thinks about the country: windmills, dikes, wooden clogs, cheese … and tulips. The third Saturday of January (20 January in 2018) is the start of tulip season, when more than 1.7 billion bulbs will be planted, growing into the beautiful flowers known all over the world by the time spring rolls around.

In Amsterdam, you can celebrate Nationale Tulpendag (National Tulip Day in Nederlands) at Dam Square, where farmers have constructed a temporary tulip garden with more than 200,000 flowers freely available for over 10,000 visitors to bring home.

The theme for this year’s Nationale Tulpendag is Romantic; thus, instead of a rose, why not a bouquet of tulips for the one you love?

Berlin – Tanztage Berlin: After the confetti has been cleaned up at Brandenburg Gate, you can check out Tanztage Berlin at the Sophiensaele from 4 through 14 January 2018. For 10 days, the annual dance festival features the best in contemporary dance from up-and-coming choreographers and their dancers.

The 27th edition will include two performances by Greek artists as part of the festival’s partnership with the Young Choreographers Festival in Athens. The forum “Let’s Talk About Dance” presents an opportunity for feedback from the audience following specific performances.

Tickets for most events range between €10 and €14; the feedback forum is free to attend. The programme and ticket purchasing information can be had here.

Brussels – Brussels Jazz Festival: Get ready to jazz up your January at Brussels’ Flagey when the Brussels Jazz Festival comes back to town 11 through 20 January 2018.

The festival opens with the Archie Shepp Quartet (whose namesake celebrated his 80th birthday at last year’s BJF), and closes ten days later with the Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band (the latter a two-year long project covering the period between the UK’s invocation of Article 50 and the completion of the divorce between the UK and the European Union in 2019). In between will be DJ sets, artist talks, workshops, film screenings, and, of course, plenty of jazz to enjoy.

A festival pass to the 2018 Brussels Jazz Festival is €120, and can be purchased through Flagey’s ticket office or by phone. Individual and combi tickets can be purchased online.

Gstaad – Snow Bike Festival: For four days between 18 and 21 January 2018, the ultra-upscale resort town of Gstaad, Switzerland hosts a biking stage race in the Alpine snow. Snow Bike Festival is open to competitors of all capabilities, from total amateurs to professional snow bikers.

The commonality is, these are people who love to ride bikes with big fat tires up and down mountains. And enjoy the spectacular views. Then, they all retire to their chalets, saunas and hot tubs before heading off to great food and drink in this (massively expensive) mountain paradise.

Bring your best game and lots of Swiss francs: race packages start at about CHF 600 (€515). There are also supporter packages for CHF 300 (€260).

Kiruna – Snöfestivalen: You want snow? We got your snow right here! Kiruna, Sweden’s Snöfestivalen is only for those with antifreeze in their veins. The city of around 20,000 is Sweden’s northern-most city – slowly moving 3 kilometres east off of an iron ore mine over the next three decades, by the way – and its festival is a celebration of all things polar.

As Kiruna is 145 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the sun barely makes it above the horizon before setting again during the winter. That doesn’t stop its residents from building a festival around snow and ice sculptures, reindeer races and music. Then they throw in cultural events with the indigenous Sami people who live here.

Not for everyone, but likely an adventure you’d never forget, and it’s all free to attend.

London – London Short Film Festival: From 12 through 21 January 2018, the 15th annual London Short Film Festival will present a full programme of the best in cutting-edge independent short films from the United Kingdom and the world, along with workshops and live music.

LSFF 2018 begins with We Dare to Fail: 15 Years of LSFF, featuring 12 short films shown during the first 15 years of the the film festival. From there, over 500 short films from the United Kingdom and the world will be screened at seven cinemas over the next nine days. Industry events, competitions, and awards round out the rest of the programme.

No details on where to buy passes or tickets thus far, but keep your eyes open for when they go on sale, as 94 percent of the films shown are booked to capacity.

Paris – Les soldes d’hiver 2018: There’s Black Friday, there’s Boxing Day, but there’s nothing like the biannual Les soldes (The Sales en français).

For six weeks every winter and summer, your favorite places to shop in France — and especially in Paris — will have everything on sale for as much as 70 percent off. Just imagine filling your newly purchased luggage with the best the French have to offer, all the while your wallet remains as full as a French bakery in the morning.

The winter 2018 Les soldes takes place between 10 January and 20 February. And though there isn’t an official one-stop site dedicated to this cultural festival of shopping, this guide from Paris Perfect might be all you need to help you prepare for the fun to come.

St. Moritz – Snow Polo: Billed a “the world’s only high goal tournament on snow” (we don’t even know what that means), Snow Polo must be cool because it’s held in Switzerland’s poshest resort town, St. Moritz. Polo, parties and people with more money than they know what to do with. So, they fly their string of polo ponies – specially bred to run on snow (we’re not making this up) – into the Alps.

There you go. We think you’d have to experience this once in life. Which you can 27, 28 & 29 January.

Oddly, you can go to this for free (if you don’t count the cost of flying your Gulfstream VI into Engadin Airport and your 1,000-euros-per-night chalet.)

BUT, if you have a couple of extra shekels and want to go VIP, you can.

You can get the details here.

• FEBRUARY 2018 ONWARD

Athens – Young Choreographers Festival: If you happen to be in Athens, Greece 8 and 29 April 2018, why not check out the fifth edition of the Young Choreographers Festival at the Onassis Cultural Centre (no, not that Onassis, but her stepson, Alexander).

This year’s theme for the YCF is New Directions, New Arrivals: for the first time ever, the dance festival will feature first-time and rising-superstar choreographers, while continuing its original mission of being open “to a performing art which is forever changing and enriching itself with new tendencies and practices.”

No lineup or ticket information is available at this time.

Basel – Art Basel: The travelling art festival known as Art Basel returns to its namesake home of Basel, Switzerland 14 through 17 June 2018. Over 290 art galleries come together to show the works of over 4,000 artists from around the world. It’s a must-attend if you’re a fan of modern and contemporary art. More information to come as time marches on.

Barcelona – Primavera Sound: Barcelona’s Parc del Fòrum will come to life late May and early June with the 2018 edition of Primavera Sound, scheduled for 30 May through 3 June 2018.

Since 2001, Primavera has blown the minds of many with the vast collection of pop, indie, and electronic sounds to have graced the festival’s stages, including: Front 242; The Afghan Whigs; Queens of the Stone Age; Nine Inch Nails; LCD Soundsystem; and Mazzy Star.

Though no lineup has been announced for the 2018 edition of Primavera — which will also occur the following weekend in Porto, Portugal — tickets are available for €180 for a full festival ticket, €400 for a full VIP festival ticket.

Cologne – Photokina: Big changes are coming to Cologne’s — and the world’s — biggest trade fair for photo, video and imagining, Photokina. The formerly biennial trade fair is going annual in 2018 to “optimally reflect the fast-paced nature and the ever briefer innovation cycles of an increasingly digitalised industry.”

There also won’t be a long wait between the 2018 and 2019 editions of Photokina: the first annual Photokina will take place 26 through 29 September 2018, then return a few months later from 8 through 11 May 2019. The number of days for both — four — is to enable “a more compact, more
intensive trade fair experience,” while the move to early May from 2019 forward is to better keep up with what’s to come in the world of imaging.

No other details have been announced as of this writing.

Copenhagen – Vinterjazz 2018: When the Danes throw a jazz festival, they really throw a jazz festival! Between 2 and 25 February 2018, enjoy over 700 concerts at 125 venues across Copenhagen when Vinterjazz returns to town.

Before you tackle this major marathon of jazz, check out the programme to see who’s performing on the nights you have in mind; you can buy tickets to each performance via the programme, also.

And who’s on the lineup thus far? Katie Thiroux, Randy Newman, Girls in Airports (who are all guys), and Sisters of Jazz (who are what it says on the tin) are among those schedule to perform.

Corsica – Tour de Corse: Among the rallies to have been a part of the FIA World Rally Championship calendar, the Tour de Corse on the island of Corsica (a short ferry ride away from Italy and the south of France) stands out for its toughness: 20,000 corners, all on tarmac, no one spared of pain…

And, sadly, no lives spared, either. During the 1986 de Corse, Finnish rally legend Henri Toivonen — born in the home of Rally Finland, Jyväskylä — lost his life alongside co-pilot Sergio Cresto when his Lancia Delta S4 crashed into a ravine and exploded; the only remnant retrieved was the spaceframe of the vehicle. The deaths of Toivonen and Cresto were the death knell of motorsport’s most insane — and legendary — set of regulations ever put to paper, Group B.

Things are calmer these days, but no less exciting. Why not spend some time 5 through 8 April 2018 watching the successors to the Group B throne drift their way through Corsica? Simply keep in mind to pay attention to your surroundings when you visit one of the stages. The Citroëns, Fords, Hyundais and Toyotas will buzz by you at 130 kph (80 mph); it is not worth injury or death for a closer look of the action coming toward you.

Gdynia – Open’er Festival: Eastern Europe needs more attention in these guides, so here’s another rock festival in the region for your consideration: the Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland from 4 through 7 July 2018.

Originally known as Open Air Festival (and held in Warsaw from 2002 through 2005), tonnes of big names have graced the stages of Open’er over the years, including: Lorde; Radiohead; LCD Soundsystem; Drake; Pearl Jam; Rihanna; Prince; and Muse.

It’s a while yet before the 2018 lineup is announced, but you can get your early-bird tickets right now for PLN 379 – PLN 579 (€90 – €137), depending on how many days and/or whether or not you want to camp at the festival.

The Hague – Grauzone Festival: What better way to spend a chilly winter evening at The Hague, Netherlands than at the fifth edition of the Grauzone Festival? The festival is “a multidisciplinary underground festival” with “a diverse and cutting-edge programme where music, film and art complement each other.”

The programme in question “consists of performances by (international) bands and DJ’s” — including this year’s lineup (to date) of Cabaret Voltaire, Michael Gira, and Dune Messiah — “a symposium with lectures and interviews, an exhibition and a film program.” More acts are set to be announced this Thursday.

Tickets to Grauzone are €35. The festival takes place at the Paard van Troje 10 February 2018.

Jaroměř – Brutal Assault: What’s more metal than a European hard rock and metal festival? A European hard rock and metal festival inside a fortress! If this is your jam, then head over to Jaroměř, Czechia for the 23rd edition of Brutal Assault 8 through 11 August 2018.

Unlike most other extreme music festivals, Brutal Assault takes place inside Pevnost Josefov, an 18th century fortress designed by French architect Louis Querlonde de Hamel, and constructed between 1780 and 1790. Alongside Pevnost Terezín, Josefov was built to defend the Holy Roman Empire against invasion from the Kingdom of Prussia.

Today, though, the only invaders are the metalheads who come every August to see their metal gods rock the outer walls of the fortress from within. The 2018 lineup includes Ministry, Saint Vitus, and Behemoth among the 27 bands already scheduled to perform.

Tickets to the 2018 edition of Brutal Assault are €84 for a full four-day pass.

London – The Cure: 40 Imaginary Years: Four decades ago, The Cure burst onto the burgeoning new wave and post-punk scene in England, taking one and all through a forest of dark dreams on their way to becoming legends.

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, The Cure will hold a one-off performance at London’s Hyde Park 7 July 2018, which will also be the only European show of the year. The band will perform a two-hour set, but not before their friends take the stage first. Interpol, Goldfrapp, Editors, Ride, Slowdive, and The Twilight Sad are the first to be announced as special guests for the momentous occasion.

Tickets to see Robert Smith & Co. will go on sale this Friday. No prices have been announced as of this writing, but expect to pay a pretty penny to see this special show.

London – Wimbledon: The Championships, Wimbledon – Wimbledon, for short – is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, born on the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on 9 July 1877. Wimbledon is one of the four jewels of the Grand Slam crown — the Australian Open, the French Open, and the US Open are the other three — and the only one to still be played on grass.

From 2 through 15 July 2018, around 100 men and 100 women (and their respective alternates) will compete for a share of £31.6 million (€35.2 million) in prize money.

Tickets to the annual strawberries-and-cream tourney range from £42 (€47) for a seat in the No. 3 Court on the first day of competition, to £210 (€234) for a chance to witness the winners raise the Wimbledon Cup (men’s singles) and Rosewater Dish (women’s singles) in the Center Court on the final day of competition. You’ll find what you need to know about purchasing a ticket here.

Menton – Fête du Citron: Winter events aren’t all about snow and skiing. On France’s Côte d’Azur next to Monaco, the city of Menton has a movie-worthy setting, its beaches ringed by mountains. Thus, it’s fitting for Menton to celebrate its citrus industry with a movie theme during its 85th annual Fête du Citron (Lemon Festial en français) 17 February through 4 March 2018.

From the Fête du Citron website:

After Cinecittà and Italian cinema in 2016, Broadway and musicals in 2017, Bollywood will be, from February 17 to March 4, 2018, the third and final part of the triptych dedicated to a city and its cinematographic or visual art. Which was imported into India by the Enlightenment brothers in 1896 before becoming, not an art, but a culture now inherent in Indian daily life.

Admission to Fête du Citron starts at €12, €32 for VIP packages.

Norrköping – Where’s the Music?: Where’s the Music? in Norrköping, Sweden has always been about discovering new music. But this festival on 9 and 10 February is also one of the increasingly popular mashups of music and business, which is what Sweden does best.

This year’s confirmed lineup includes: Amand Mair; Ebbot Lundberg & The Indigo Children; JËLLY; Luxury Death; Satan Takes A Holiday; and Wy. On the conference side, expect panels on the industry’s effect on mental health; gaming as a platform for music distribution; how music fuels urban development; and the state of local music scene.

Admission to Where’s The Music? is SEK 395 (€40) for a festival pass, SEK 1295 (€131) for full access to the conference and festival

Rome – Rome E-Prix: The future of motorsport is electric, and what better way to bear witness to the currency of change than when Formula E returns to Europe 14 April 2018 for the Rome E-Prix.

The seventh round of the 2017-2018 Formula E season is also the first European round on the schedule — the season having started months earlier in Hong Kong — the first-ever Formula E competition in the Eternal City, and boasts the second-longest circuit with the 1.77-mile (2.85-kilometre) Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR street circuit.

If you want in on this first, hit up the above link and sign-up for when tickets go on sale, including details on a 20 percent discount offer. Around 10,000 grandstand seats will be available for €35 adult admission, €1 for children under 16 years of age; discounts for students and those over 60 years of age will also be available.

Werchter – Rock Werchter: Starting off as a small rock and blues festival in 1975, Rock Werchter in Werchter, Belgium has grown to be one of the biggest rock and alt music festivals in Europe. The Cure (who shared their thoughts about Robert Palmer by playing a long version of “A Forest” before Palmer’s set in 1981), Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Radiohead, Triggerfinger, R.E.M., and Muse are among the many who have played Rock Werchter during the festival’s four decades.

The lineup for Rock Werchter 2018 is slowly coming together, but four acts have been scheduled to perform thus far: Queens of the Stone Age; Gorillaz; Pearl Jam; and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

A four-day pass to the 2018 edition of Rock Werchter — scheduled for 5 through 8 July 2018 — is €238; day tickets are €102. Camping and resort packages are also available.

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