Bansko Jazz Fest

I’ve wanted for so long to go to the Jazz Fest in Bansko. It happens for a week in August. I’ve been seeing photos through the years of some musicians, funky people, open stage, mountain tops and so on and so on. I just never had the chance to go, because it’s on the other side of the country from where I used to live and I never had friends who would join me for such type of concerts.

After a few years talking about this place to my man, we finally had some time for an actual summer holiday and we decided to make a tour through Bulgaria starting from Bansko. We both have similar musical taste and we thought it’ll be nice to spend some time together and see different faces of Bulgaria.

I picked a hotel in advance. Bansko is a mountain town which is used as a ski starting point during the winter, but you can find plenty of winter lodges open in the summer as well. We stayed in Bansko Royal Towers which was a bit far from the main square, but very close to the ski lifts. I didn’t mind walking down from the hotel to the square, because we saw many of the houses, small streets and met very nice locals who told us tails about Bansko. The way up in the evening was quite sobering and very entertaining. The view as you can see was so stunning!

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This year it was the 16th edition of the festival. It lasts 7 days and all the concerts start at 7pm. Usually they were 4 different performances – a group, a singer or a big orchestra, and it could continue until midnight or even the early night hours.

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I can’t say that I liked all the musicians on the list, but that is completely fine considering we’ve been there for the whole 7-day event.

The atmosphere was great. There were so many people from different corners of the world. It was easy to meet nice friendly people and have a chat about the performance from last night or just discuss the wine and the food in Bansko.

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If you love live music from all styles like soul, jazz, blues, rock, swing and indie, check the next edition of the festival and visit Bansko. I’m so happy that I finally had the opportunity to visit the event and I shared the experience with my man. It was also a very nice way to get used to the heat of the Bulgarian summer, before we went through the country to the sea side.