Year Of The Tiger

Hey dear friends! Today I found out some really great news regarding The Weekend Festival, obviously one of the biggest EDM festivals in Scandinavia. First of all, let’s start with the fact that I was not familiar with the festival at all, which made it even more interesting actually.

The Weekend Festival is a Finnish, EDM festival that started back in 2012, and this year, in summer 2016 it is going to take place for the first time ever in Stockholm, Sweden as well. In Östermalm’s IP stadium, with the capacity of 25,000 people on the 5th and 6th of August, some of the world’s greatest Dj’s will be in town, to dress our summer in the most powerful colors of electronic and dance music.

If you are feeling really passionate and excited about these kinds of festivals, kind of like myself, I believe that the promo video of the festival’s Swedish version  that was published a couple of days ago, will blow your mind.

You can register for pre-sale on the official website weekendsweden.com , to make sure that you get your tickets on time as the festival has always been sold out.

The most recent artist confirmations are :

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Fatboy Slim, DJ Bl3nd, Showtek, Bass Jackers, DVBBS, Will Sparks, TJR, Steve Aoki, Aron Chupa, Jack Perry, Matisse & Sadko, Mr. Belt & Wezol, Sigala, Watermät, Deorro, Martin Garrix, Micheal Calfan, Tigerlily, Rebecca & Fiona, Madcon, Lost Frequencies, Redfoo, Infected Mushroom (Live), Tungervaag & Raaban, Tiesto. 

Feel free to take a look on the official poster and the promo video, just to get a feeling of what this is going to be about! 🙂

Have a great day / night my friends and an even greater weekend with lots of music! 🙂

xxx,

Adrasteia

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Wonderland

Hey my dear friends! 🙂  This weekend me and my friends went on a quick trip to the Wonderland or in other words Finland. I have expressed a lot of times how I feel every time I am there, so I thought I should link a special post of mine that I wrote a while back, so that you can have a taste of what I am talking about.

https://theurbanside.com/2015/10/11/its-the-funeral-of-hearts/

This time was extra special because it is this time of the year again, the Christmas time. The town was more beautiful than ever. The Christmas lights, the beautiful window displays and the cozy atmosphere made me feel like I was thirteen years old and I was finally living in my own dream. I have been dreaming about being in Finland on winter and Christmas time since I was a little kid.

These are the moments that I captured on my camera from downtown. 🙂 I hope you like them as much as I do and enjoy them like I did when I took them.

Have a great night / day my friends, take care and be kind to one another. 🙂

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Santa Cruz Live – Rocktober Fest 2015 – Stockholm

Hey dear friends! Last night Rocktober fest took place here in Stockholm with three live acts. Santa Cruz from Finland, Hardcore Superstar and Mustasch from Sweden.

The first live act that hit the stage was Santa Cruz. Last night was actually the first time that I saw them live. If you are fan of their work, this post is dedicated to you. 🙂

Here are the moments that I captured on my cam! Enjoy! 🙂

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It’s The Funeral Of Hearts

Hey my dear friends 🙂 It is a beautiful autumn evening here in Stockholm and I am  home listening to one of my favorite bands of all times, HIM. Every time I listen to their songs , it feels like I am 12 years old again and nothing has ever changed.

I am actually 25 now and there are some certain beliefs and values in my character and life that got “cultivated” from that little age of 12 and have been the same until today, when I am actually supposed to be a “big girl” and a “grown-up”.

Love Metal was the very first rock record that I ever bought, a record that introduced me not only to this kind of music, but also in the deep and maybe dark influences that music made and produced in Scandinavia has. The very first song that I ever listened by HIM was “The Funeral of hearts”.  When I saw the video on MTV for the first time, I got so captivated by this so big contrast between darkness and light that their music has. And so the next week I had already gone to the record store to buy that album, with the thought that ” If funeral of hearts was just a part of the record, imagine what the whole album would sound like, these melancholic piano tunes, combined with Ville’s baritone voice type”. It was an album that I basically lived by, not just listened to.

When most of my classmates listened to this kind of music as a way to show that they were “different” and not “mainstream”, that they were rebellious and not boring, me on the other hand I tried to see beyond it, just like I always do with any kind of art. What is it like to actually live in Scandinavia? In Sweden? In Finland? Is it really dark and moody, or music is a way to express the chaos that exists in your head and has nothing to do with the fact that in the wintertime it is always basically dark?

In my ears, their music represents freedom. But the word freedom might mean a lot of different things. To me, it means feeling free in Scandinavia. And it has nothing to do with the weather conditions or the actual day and night darkness.

It is like a huge, burning desire of joy and happiness but with the right amount of sadness and nostalgia. A profound melancholic mood with a certain amount of excitement and freedom, along with the endless natural beauty of Scandinavia, anytime of the year but specially in the winter. The most unique and extraordinary experience of the northern lights, when the sky is shimmering and there’s so much beauty if you just lift your head up and watch the stars and the sky go green, blue, purple, silver, orange.

I cannot even describe in words how blessed I felt the first time I visited Finland. It was not only the fact that I was in “The Land Of HIM” but also like I was 12 years old and I achieved something that means so much to me. A relief, a dream coming true, a pure moment arising from clarity and faith. Their powerful words like “I see through the darkness my way back home, the journey seems endless but I will carry on” , “Softly the light shines in through the gates of grace on me and you, deceiving our restless hearts”. Yes, I was there. And yes I have a restless heart.

Many people find music like this or words like this too “idealistic”. But the moment that I start believing that, would be the moment that I betray myself and the people that I believe in. Not all kids are looking to get drunk and laid when they go out on a Saturday night. There is this part of the world, this part of the youth that is constantly looking for something higher to believe in. For something to hold on to. Bigger than anything that you see or experience in your every day life. Just like I did when I was little.

I hope that you can relate at some point with my words, and feel the same way about music and the bands that you love. 🙂 I have not actually been able to see them live yet, but I am totally sure that once I do, it will be an experience on a whole new level.

The pics below are from Sweden, Finland and my room! 🙂

Have a great Sunday night my friends and an even greater week! 🙂

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Keep It Up All Night

Hey dear friends! Today is obviously a good release day since I noticed that a lot of my favorite artists have released new material. Let’s start off with Reckless Love and their new single “Keep it up all night” . I am listening to it right now and have been listening to it since this morning actually. I believe that September is a good month to release such a song that actually brings along a lot of summer vibes.

A lot of people need an extra push this time of the year, a new motivation to keep going as fall starts and winter is on its way and with a song like this I believe we get the memo. I personally believe that it is a really positive and pleasant song to put on your playlist and listen to every time you find the chance. I love the way that it starts, so dynamically, and then as soon as it reaches the chorus you feel the beat changing again. I also like the fact that it combines a kind of electronic, beat -ish mood into it, which leaves you with a more pop and not so hard impression, but still has the Reckless Love element in it.

First single of the new album, let’s hope that there is going to be a video as well and it is going to be released soon! In the meantime, here is a couple of useful links if you want to check out or buy the song. 🙂

I would love to hear your opinion about it, specially if you are a Reckless fan! Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. 🙂

Listen :

Spotify – https://goo.gl/uG1tVs

Buy :
iTunes – https://goo.gl/NwE8L3

Vote:
YleX – http://goo.gl/H6RH1c

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Scandinavian Dreams

Finland seems to be my second home lately. I think I love this country as much as I love Sweden. Me and my friends spent  the last weekend in Helsinki and we had an amazing time. The weather could not be any better and the city was dressed in its very best. From my experience in life in general in my 24 years, I believe that there is nothing better than spending time with your friends, with good music in a beautiful place. This is what we experienced the last couple of days.

There are no huge differences between Sweden and Finland in my opinion, but sometimes I feel that something pulls me back there all the time. That’s probably why I have been there 3 times in the last 7 months. Or probably why it is so easy to go there, just an one-hour flight. My phone got shut down as we landed and so my camera had to do all the dirty work. Some of the pics are taken with i Phone 6 as well . 🙂

Here is what I captured from Helsinki on a beautiful and sweet summer weekend. Whatever you do and wherever you go, have a great week friends with lots of music! 🙂 ❤

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Finland

The last couple of days me and my friends took an amazing trip till Finland. We had such an amazing time. The hotel was perfect and the city was even more perfect. I unfortunately couldn’t stay longer because of my school schedule but even these two days have been a blast. I hope I get the chance to go back again! Here’s what I have from our hotel and from Helsinki. 🙂

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