Fans of Bulgarian indie bands are used to seeing them mostly play the club scene; opportunities to see such bands out in the open are scarce, especially with the recent demise of Spirit of Burgas – the rare exception being the occasional opening act for a big-name visiting band.
Enter Voinegovtsi Wrong Fest, which celebrates the start of the astronomic summer on the outskirts of capital city Sofia with two days of music, beer and outdoor sports on June 21 and 22.
Named after the Wrong Bar in central Sofia (18 Sheinovo Str.), this will be the second year of the festival, expanding on last year’s one-day format to include a longer list of bands playing on its “right” day, June 21, and “wrong” day on June 22 (the latter day also marking Wrong Bar’s one-year anniversary).
Event organisers describe it as one with “an experimental vibe”, meant to give a stage to the Bulgarian alternative, metal, ska, punk and reggae music scene, with an ambition to expand its reach abroad – three of the bands participating in this year’s festival are from neighbouring Macedonia and Greece.
The location of the festival – the stadium in the village of Voinegovtsi just outside Sofia – has been chosen “to support the development of the Sofia tourism as there are extremely beautiful spots at the periphery of the capital,” the organisers said.
The village can be reached by car, by using free transportation provided by organisers (leaving from the Vassil Levski monument in Sofia), or even by bicycle (details on the organised ride-along, in Bulgarian, here). For the full list of the participating bands, visit the festival’s website, where you can also find a list of planned activities (football fans need not worry about missing any World Cup matches) and useful advice.