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There are lots of reasons to get away these days and few rival the chance to catch some outdoor summer music vibes.

There will be lots of soul searching going on in Limassol tomorrow when the LimasSoul Festival will give the parking lot at Potamos Germasogeias a very rhythmic feel.

This first-time festival will feature two Greek bands with a very different approach to making music. The first, Imam Baildi, is an eight-member band that mixes old Greek songs with different sounds. An old fashioned laiko song – at the hands of Imam Baildi – will be played with a bit of hip-hop to bring it up to date.

The band has been spinning hit after hit after the release of their 2007 debut self-titled album. The well-received album was the starting point for the band to find its wings and perform in Greece and Europe.

While Imam Baildi will be making something new out of something old, the Greek band Gimna Kalodia (Bare Cables) will show the crowd how to rock on. The band, established in 2000, only took a year to record their first album.

The three members – guitarist Christos Kalogranis, drummer Thanasis Bourikas and bass player Panagiotis Rontogiannis – may look the rock ‘n’ roll part, but they can’t really be put neatly in the stereotypical box. Their music combines violins, pianos, violas, cellos and double basses into the mix to create that alternative rock sound.

Paphos’ festive scene will come alive on the weekend when the Reggae Sunjam Festival starts jamming.

At the height of summer and in the city where Aphrodite spreads her love freely, this first-time festival hopes to lead to many more. Bringing together special guests from abroad and a number of local DJs, the two-day event will spin-off reggae, roots, dub and dancehall tunes that will get you grooving to the music.

Saturday kicks-off at 6pm with a performance by the Greek DJs that make up Dub Riots. As is suggested by the name, the boys behind the decks take dub music to a whole new experimental level, and ask us to enjoy the ride. Sticking to the dub theme, next up is local DJ Dub Thomas – a pioneer in the local reggae scene.

Wrapping up the night will be local DJ Alexandros Lontos, Panaretou Jr. and DJ Bkas, keeping things real until 3am.

Get as much sleep as you can, because things start at noon on Sunday with a performance by the local band Sensijam. Currently situated in the UK, the band will come back to create some positive vibes with their organic music.

The positive vibes will continue with the group of DJs, producers and musicians, under the name Unity Crew. The group won’t only play, they will also create new soundscapes with their instruments.

Things will be tripping next with Suzie Selecta, who will introduce reggae to some electro sounds.

The night will end on a high with DJs Pan Khaos, Constantinos and Andreas Kassos.

So make a full weekend of it, set-up camp and let the music introduce you to paradise.

LimasSoul Festival
Music festival with live performances, food and drinks with part of the proceeds going to the Radiomarathon. August 11. Potamos Germasogeias (parking lot), Germasogeia, Limassol. 7pm. €20/15. Tel: 99-614100

Reggae Sunjam
Reggae festival with lots of live performances and DJ sets. August 13-14. Paradise Place – Pomos, Paphos. Saturday: 6pm-3am, Sunday: 12pm-2am. €10 for two days, €7 for one day. Tel: 26-342537

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