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Eight years of Lake Fest have shown that Niksic has a large number of people who want such a primarily musical but also multicultural festival to be organised. This is another reason for Lake Fest to be traditional and part of the interesting events we bring to our city which has a “market” for one such festival. The tradition of rock and roll as well as other related music styles is very large in this town and provides an additional reason for the domestic audience to know how to recognise the quality but also how to be an active participant in the implementation of the program of this festival. That has already been shown at the previous festivals.
Niksic has a favorable climate for the organization of one such event, so in the summer months, when the heat in a large part of Montenegro is unbearable, the temperature in Niksic is “tolerable”. The advantage is that the events are organised near Lake Krupac, which helps improve even more the experience of the visitor. A camp in Poplars on the shore of the lake proved to be a great location for the organisation of “Lake Fest” which very few cities in the region could compete with. Very good infrastructure, both at the entrance to the city and approaching the camp, allows the arrival of a large number of people. The space for parking, approaching without delay, good spatial organisation of the camp and stage are just some of the advantages of the location where the festival is organised.
The organisation of Lake Fest, the significance of the festival, the number of visitors, the atmosphere and security give us the right to claim that we have achieved the set objectives. The objectives of Lake Fest 2015, the next one and every other one are the promotion of urban culture, music, performance, healthy mind, but also the promotion of tourism and the importance of tourism and ecology. By bringing popular musicians, artists, writers, painters, etc., we promote the culture in the broadest sense and awaken the creative spirit of many young people in Montenegro. The festival, of course, attracts many visitors outside of Montenegro, so the aim is to find the right way to provide information about the tourist offer of the town of Niksic and Montenegro in general.
The visitors of Lake Fest are people who promote urban music and culture. These are mainly young people who have found their way of life in this cultural expression. Our motive was to bring joy to these people and expand the urban cultural expression in Montenegro by bringing many famous artists. On average, the festival annually hosts more than 20 000 people (more than 80 000 people in total up to now). We believe that this year that number will be over 30 000 people from all parts of Montenegro, this region, Europe and all around the world.
The music program will be very diverse in 2015 as well. In addition to the best regional music groups, special attention will be given to new unknown bands. With the inclusion of several foreign music groups, next year gives us an opportunity to go one step further regarding both the organisation and the number of people who will visit the festival. Immediately after the end of Lake Fest 2014, the organisation of this year’s festival has begun.
Every day, the visitors will have the opportunity to listen to and watch the most famous artists. So far the following artists, among others, participated at Lake Fest: Partibrejkersi, Laibach, Marky Ramone, Darko Rundek, Hladno pivo, Disciplin A Kitschme, Obojeni program, Damir Urban, Dubioza kolektiv, Gibonni, Beogradski sindikat, Bjesovi, Block out, Azra, Sars, Zoster, Sunshine, Edo majka, Orthodox Celts, Van Gogh, Bajaga i instruktori, Zabranjeno pušenje, Električni orgazam, etc…
Next year we plan to increase the number of days of the festival and expand the list of participants so that over 45 concerts are held in the concert area as well as the camp area during the six days of the festival…