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PREVIEW: Plisskën Festival
JR Moores , April 18th, 2014 04:37

We prime ourselves for the fifth edition of the Athens music festival

Dust off your shorts, stock up on factor 50 and nip down the bureau de change, we're heading to Athens. That's right, as if tzatziki, Prince Philip and the foundations of all civilisation weren't enough, Greece has now given us the exciting up-and-coming Plisskën Festival.

Boasting the kind of eclectic line-up that will twitch the ears of any music connoisseur seeking out a suitable alternative to the usual bellend-luring blandapaloozas this spring, Plisskën will play host to electronic eardrum-judderers such as Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimble and Shackleton, tQ indie favourites Wild Beasts, the scuzzy lo-fi rockers No Age and Dirty Beaches, psych-rock hypnotists Wooden Shjips and even the now-legendary Girls Vs Boys. The Plisskën site is spread over three stages, with an added fancy Greek garden, chill-out area, cocktail bar, lounge, comedy stage, play area and "even a real boat docked on dry land". And if you manage to tire of the line-up, of course you can always wander off into Athens and only go and check out the bloody Acropolis and whatnot. The festival also organises the annual Plisskën Lab, a series of workshops and hands-on experience on how to set up a festival and to educate and launch the careers of those aspiring to work in the events and music industries. Participants attend theoretical and practical seminars hosted by experts in their respective fields, before contributing to various festival tasks such as client service, event management, hospitality, PR, sustainability, technical production and venue management.

Head to the festival's website for full details and tickets, and watch a trailer above. Cheers to Agean Air for sorting out flights, and the Greek People for asking tQ along.