Back from Bulgaria

It's done - after 8,000 kilometres, 25 gigs in 5 weeks, lots of new friends and fans, countless Gin Tonics and OCB papers, I have returned to the "normal" life.

Bulgaria was quite an experience for me and it was good to have Jovan of Relaxators Dance Company as my host, guide and - above all - as a friend. Never before, I have played so many parties in a row. 8,000km do not seem such a huge number, but let me tell you that leaving the highways in Bulgaria can take you on really unusual roads. We encountered road holes more than 1 metre in diameter and 30 centimetres deep. As Bulgaria has quite some mountains, going 50km on winding roads may take 1.5hrs or more. At this time of the year, everything is green and blooming. Passing places with different elevation, we experienced different stages of spring. From wild beauty in the Rhodopes, over huge plains to the Black Sea coast - Bulgaria is quite a pittoresque country with countless shades and, last but not least, lovely people. As they told me, I have been to more places than probably most of the bulgarian residents have.

The parties were very different: from lousy gigs on a Monday (hey, people will have to work - sure), over huge and classy venues inside a rotten city to one party that was very special. It's been quite a while ago that I met such a raving audience like in Shumen's Mamagaya. By far, the party in Shumen was not only the highlight of this tour but it also made its way into my personal top 10 of the greatest gigs ever! To say it with Arnold Schwarzenegger: "I'll be back!"

Special thanks goes to Jovan who booked and organized this whole SeeMe tour - we've spent these five weeks together without stepping on each other's nerves, rather than enjoying the "rock'n'roll" life! It was simply amazing! If you are looking for somebody who knows the Balkans (and the right people), especially in Bulgaria, who has a very professional approach and who is a cool guy to hang out with at the same time, you should get in touch with him. Needless to say that this tour led to a new and intensified cooperation between Pesto and RDC - more details here in brief.

So finally, let me take the chance to thank all you people for being your guest and for giving me the time of my life. Blagodarja Bulgaria! :)

PS: try to listen to other music than Progressive and look up the term "warm-up" in a dictionary...hehehe
PPS: I have around two hours of footage that needs to be edited. I hope I can show you the "documentary", which is in memory of Uncle Mitko, very soon here.

SeeMe festival Sofia, Bulgaria: Jon Silva warm up tour

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Starting on Wednesday, April 16th 2008, Jon Silva will be touring Bulgaria.

In association with Relaxators, home of the Opera:tion compilations and base of Bulgaria's underground (including Pestolero DJ Lion among many others), Jon will be touring Bulgaria to promote the South-East European Music Event (short: SeeMe). SeeMe is going to happen for the third time between 5th and 7th June 2008 and has been attracting highly renowned artists and a lot of party people.

We will keep you up to date with a dedicated tour blog - hopefully every day (given there's internet access). If you are sending a message to Pesto Music or Jon, please allow a few days to reply until May 21st.

Here's the tour schedule:


venue
date
city



Caramel
16 April
Jambol
Briliantin
17 April
Sliven
Stilisimo
18 April
Ruse
Horizont
19 April
Varna
-
20 April
-
Tequila Bar
21 April
Svishtov
Blue Magic
22 April
Turgovishte
Rouge
23 April
Silistra
Alibi
25 April
Burgas
Amon Ra
24 April
Dobric
Mamagaja
26 April
Shumen
-
27 April
-
Gerry
28 April
Gabrovo

29 April
tbc
Negro
30 April
Veliko Turnovo
Makalali
01 May
Plovdiv
Exclusive
02 May
Haskovo
Phobia
03 May
Stara Zagora
-
04 May
-
Silouette
05 May
Vidin
Ultra
06 May
Kurdjali
Kings
07 May
Razlog

08 May
tbc
Club City
09 May
Smoljan
Kanape
10 May
Pleven
-
11 May
-

12 May
tbc
Underground vol.2
13 May
Blagoevgrad
Club 696
14 May
Pernnik
Cubo-Club
15 May
Nish - Serbia

16 May
FYR of Macedonia tbc

17 May
FYR of Macedonia tbc