Enjoy two days and nights of head banging heavy metal at the seafront Chania Rock Festival.
- When? 30 July - 1 August 2017
- Where? Chania, Crete
- Price: Tickets are €45 at early bird price - full price TBC.
If you think heavy metal is something that happens at a scrapyard, then the Chania Rock Festival probably isn't for you. This weekender attracts serious music fans - from punk-loving rockers to metal head ravers.
Every summer, the city of Chania hosts the festival, which sees this serene coastal region welcome thousands of rock fans from across the island and beyond. Held in San Salvatore Venetian Bastion (which overlooks the sea), the outdoor festival is the biggest of its kind in Crete, with dozens of acts and two main stages.
In 2017 Blind Guardian, Warlord, Septic Flesh and Innerwish are confirmed to play. There are also local aspiring bands as support acts - get there early in the evening if you want to catch them. As the night grows in noise and energy so does the moshpit - expect plenty of head banging metal lovers raving into the small hours.
As some sets take place under the heat of the Mediterranean sun, you might find a cooling dip or brief respite necessary. Luckily you're close to plenty of beaches with shallow, clear swimming waters plus lots of cheap and tasty cafes and tavernas. If your trip spans more than a few days then it's worth having a longer look around this beautiful western Crete city, which is full of traditional markets and a picturesque harbour front.
As Crete's largest event of this kind, Chania Rock Festival is often a sell-out event and it's a good idea to book in advance. Just don't confuse it with the scrapyard - we'll see you in the moshpit.
- Get there: Chania is on the western side of Crete and can be easily accessed by car or bus.
- Stay: The Topanas area in the old town is close to the festival site as is the eastern part of 'Nea Hora'.
Visit the Chania Rock Festival official website for more information.
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