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Rocking it out in a Paphos valley

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There’s been reggae, there’s been Latin fiestas and now it is time for rock. The live music concerts are buzzing at The Yurts in Cyprus this summer as each month brings evenings of entertainment set in the Sarama valley in Paphos. Overlooking hills and the horizon, miles away from city lights and noise, a stage is set up to welcome bands that take the floor as soon as the sun starts to set. The next event at The Yurts is to be an electrifying party full of rock music and it is coming up on Saturday.

Three bands will perform in the evening, from Slovenia, Italy and Cyprus. Xskull8, the Slovenian four-piece band, is a modern heavy rock ensemble that walks the line between rock and metal and promises raw power and an energetic sound to fill the Yurts.

Also performing on the evening will be the Italian Max Aloisi Trio, a blues and psychedelic rock band with a fusion of funk, pop and jazz music. Frontman Max Aloisi is a self-taught guitarist who has been jamming and forming bands since his school years. As life and music took him around the world, living in Bali, London, The Netherlands and even Cyprus between 2016 and 2019, Max found friends and band members that make up his trio. Now back Italy, Max will be traveling solo to the island to perform this time with Ian Richard Cole on bass and Fidias Ferekides on drums.

Last but not least are Cypriot band Private Garden, a three-piece band formed in February 2018. Their music is an authentic and powerful combination of rock, blues and indie. Heavy riffs, bluesy vocals and ultra-beefy drum grooves characterise their performances.

Apart from the music aspect of the night, all of the events at The Yurts have a sustainability and environment protection goal. The venue has built compost toilets, a grey water system and only serves drinks and food in biodegradable cups and trays. In return they ask guests not to bring any single-use plastic to the events as they offer free ice-cold water that visitors can fill their water flasks with. Thanks to these efforts, the aftermath of hosting nearly 400 people is often one small bag of mixed rubbish.

Also hoping to minimise the carbon footprint, The Yurts have also set up a Facebook group (Yurts in Cyprus Events – Car Sharing Group) to encourage guests to share rides and bring fewer cars. For them, it is all about good music and good entertainment in a unique location and mostly importantly, without harming nature.


Rock at The Yurts

Live rock night with bands Xskull8, Private Garden and the Max Aloisi Trio. August 27. Yurts in Cyprus, Paphos. 6pm. €25 for adults, €10 for children. Tel: 97-629148, 94-404281


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