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GEM Fest: The Real Gem of Electronic Music Festivals

For several years Georgia has been an electronic music hotspot in the South Caucasus region. Summer in Georgia is a quite busy period for music lovers, party animals, youngsters, hipsters and tourists.

Most of this season’s music festivals are already over, but there are still a few on the way, including its main summer event -GEM Fest.  GEM Fest stands for The Georgian Electronic Music Festival. This will be the festival’s third year which takes place in the beautiful Georgian seaside resort town of Anaklia.

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Anaklia is a sea resort town located in Samegrelo province. It is mostly known for its sunny subtropical climate and newly developed infrastructure featuring modern sculptures and architecture created by the famous Italian designer and architect Michele De Lucchi. The 16 hectare area (39 acres) of GEM Fest is isolated from Anaklia by the 540 m (1,770 ft) pedestrian bridge over the river Inguri.  The Festival includes five stages and dozens of bars, cafes, art installations, an aqua-park, and a huge area for tents.

This year’s festival organizers are anticipating over 10,000 visitors.

DATES, LINE-UP, AND ENTRY FEE

GEM Fest 2016 starts on August 9th and lasts for five crazy days, until August 14th. The event will host great DJs like: Paul Kalkbrenner, Paul Van Dyk, Boris Brejcha, Stephan Bodzin, Boyd Schidt, Gus Gus, and more than 120 others from all over the world.
Tickets are available from the festival’s webpage. Prices are: 70 USD for a weekend pass, 120 USD for a multipass, and 450 USD for a VIP pass.

 How to get there

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There are several ways to get to Anaklia:

By Car:
Hire a car (prices start from 30 USD per day, depending on the rental company and car), or a taxi (100 USD from Tbilisi and 50 from Kutaisi).

By Party Bus:
Starting from 9th of August GEM Fest buses will take visitors from Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi. Prices are 7-10 USD, depending on the city of departure. Exact stops and schedules are available at http://gem-fest.com

By Train:

Tickets are available from Georgian Railways’ webpage. Register and buy tickets to leave from Tbilisi or Kutaisi to Zugdidi. You can then take a taxi or hitchhike to Anaklia on your own. Be aware that train tickets are known to sell out very quickly. Prices are 8-15 USD for Tbilisi-Zugdidi trains and less if you leave from Kutaisi.

By Air:
If affordable Wizzair flights are accessible in your home city then we strongly advise you to fly to the Kopitnari International Airport in Kutaisi. From there you can take any of the options previously mentioned. The drive time from there is roughly 1.5 hours.

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Accommodation

GEM City is a big area with tents, shower cabins, toilets, security cams, lockers, and all the necessary stuff needed for a long term accommodation. Tent rental prices start from 50 USD for one-persons, to 275 Gel for four-persons. You can also register with your own tent. Prices and conditions you can find on GEM’s webpage.

If you would prefer to stay in hotels or guesthouses, there are three big hotels (which are currently sold out) and dozens of smaller guest houses around Anaklia. Prices can be as low as 9 USD for a B&B guest house. Please visit this webpage to find available lodgings.

 Sightseeings nearby

 

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 After the  festival is over, you may choose continue spending some more time in Georgia. You can check out the Dadiani Palace and museum in Zugdidi (30km/18mi from Anaklia), spend a couple of days in Batumi(138km/85mi from Anaklia), or even dare to go to Svaneti –  a home to the highest mountains in Georgia, breathtaking nature, and its famous Svani towers first built in the 9th century (160km/100mi from Anaklia).
So, we wish you many sleepless nights and endless raves among the palms, beautiful people, stunning sunsets, and non-stop music at GEM Fest 2016.