Paul Kalkbrenner, GusGus, Anja Schneider, Dub FX and more, set to headline this years GEM Fest at the Black Sea resort of Anaklia

Georgia’s western coastal town Anaklia is gearing up to host this year’s GEM Fest, the largest electronic music festival and one of the biggest music occasions in the country. From August 10-14, nearly 100 international and local artists including several world famous musicians will flock to the Black Sea resort town to perform at the second annual GEM Fest.

Over five days and four nights tens of thousands of music enthusiasts from Georgia and abroad are expected to spend their days and nights enjoying DJ Paul van Dyk, producer and live performer Paul Kalkbrenner and Icelandic electronic band GusGus.

GemFest 2015 | Official Aftermovie from GEM fest on Vimeo.

The three world-famous acts are among 94 international and local artists who will perform at the annual festival. Other well-known names set to perform include trance music duo Cosmic Gate, Anja Schneider and Australian beatboxer Dub FX. Dozens of local artists will also rock the stages, including Gacha Bakradze, Gio Shengelia and Jorjick. This year’s GEM Fest will feature nearly 100 foreign and local artists over five days.

The festival will boast five stages, dozens of catering spots and a tent town called GEM City that’s designed to accommodate 10,000 visitors. The festival itself and other infrastructure is located “on the beach in the natural subtropical environment framed by conceptual and modern architecture”, stated the festival’s website.

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GEM Fest organisers said they had seen “unprecedented interest” from visitors from Turkey, Iran and Russia, particularly after the cancellation of this year’s highly anticipated Outline Festival in Moscow earlier this month.

About 40 percent of tickets sold had been purchased by music fans from other countries in the South Caucasus, Baltic States, Western Europe and other regions while the remaining 60 percent had been sold to local revellers.

To promote cultural and personal interaction between Georgian citizens on either side of the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL), people who lived in occupied Abkhazia can attend the festival for free, said event organisers.At last year’s GEM Fest, 74 people crossed the ABL from breakaway Abkhazia to attend the inaugural event. This year organisers are hoping to see “up to 7,000” people come from Abkhazia.

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Last year’s Gem Fest attracted global headliners including famous Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren, Berlin-based band Tale of Us and German duo Booka Shade in performances alongside a line-up of local bands and artists.

Anaklia is located north of the port city Poti near the administrative border with breakaway Abkhazia region. It is a warm, coastal region that boasts several unique tourist attractions; such as the longest pedestrian bridge in Europe connecting the Ganmukhuri resort area to Anaklia along a 540m long walkway over the Enguri River.

The 2016 Gem Fest is one of the events within Check in Georgia, a Governmental cultural project bringing together dozens of festivals and cultural events across Georgia under one umbrella.

The full line-up and additional details of the festival can be viewed on the official website here.
Ticketing links – www.gem-fest.com/ticket
Book a tent: http://eventer.ge/event/Gem-City-Camping-121-eng

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