Summer Evenings At Lycabettus Municipal Theater

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024
Summer Evenings At Lycabettus Municipal Theater
Program | Part A May – August

The Lycabettus Municipal Theater is back, ready to offer unforgettable nights under the Athenian sky! From late May to October, for more than 50 evenings, the hill of Lycabettus will be filled with sounds and melodies from renowned names in the Greek and international music scenes, as well as top-quality, high-aesthetic performances. With energy and passion, the performers will create emotional nights, connecting with the audience to form lasting memories at one of the city's most beautiful and iconic spots, turning each evening into a unique experience.

In the first full season of the new era of Lycabettus, the program curated by the Technopolis City of Athens opened on Wednesday, May 22, with the melodic techno vibes and spectacular visuals of Mathame, the Italian techno duo of brothers Matteo and Amedeo Giovanelli. Known as one of the most sought-after acts in global dance music, they will present a spectacular AV show with guests Lyke and SONA. On Saturday, May 25, Alexandros Tsouvelas, sharper and more battle-ready than ever, will celebrate his 10-year presence in stand-up comedy with many guests.

One of the most recognizable voices and important personalities in rock and metal music of the last thirty years, Corey Taylor, will grace Lycabettus on Tuesday, May 28, with the greatest hits of his career as the lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour, as well as his solo work. On Saturday, June 1, Adriatique will take to the decks, transforming the hill into a vast dance floor. Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer, the successful Swiss duo, will deliver an extended set alongside Echonomist, Nick Jojo, and Human Rias.

One of the most touching nights this summer at Lycabettus will be Monday, June 3. Friends, collaborators, and companions of Lavrentis Machairitsas, including Giannis Zouganelis, Christos Thivaios, Giannis Kotsiras, Dimitra Papiou, Miltos Paschalidis, Dionysis Tsaknis, and many more, will remember and honor the creator who left an indelible mark on Greek rock with a tribute concert titled "But I Still Exist, I'm Still Here."

The unique Thanasis Papakonstantinou will connect with his devoted audience with three consecutive nights, as his summer tour, featuring Martha Frintzila, Giannis Litainas, and Alexandros Ktistakis, stops at Lycabettus on Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9. On Monday, June 10, Marios Frangoulis and Giota Nega will present "Love Stories," their first on-stage meeting, performing iconic songs from their discographies and classics from renowned composers and performers.

In the summer of 2004, Archive performed for the first time at the Lycabettus Theater. This year, 20 years later, the pioneers of progressive rock return on Friday, June 14, to rekindle old memories and create new ones. On Wednesday, June 19, one of Greece's top rappers, Eisvoleas, will celebrate 25 years in music with a full band, combining rap with rebetiko, blues, and Mediterranean sounds.

On Friday, June 21, Queen Symphonic will deliver a concert-celebration featuring the most iconic hits of the legendary band Queen, performed by the lead singers of the "We Will Rock You" rock musical from London's West End. Starting Tuesday, June 25, the Rockwave Nights will bring thirteen nights of rock to the top of Lycabettus. The series begins with virtuoso violinist Ara Malikian, who will take us on an unforgettable musical journey blending classical structures with Mediterranean sounds and Armenian folk melodies infused with rock and pop tones.

On Wednesday, June 26, Giannis Aggelakas and the 100°C will present "Electric Chair," a musical experience featuring songs from his entire career and soundtracks he's written for films, reinterpreted in a new way. On Thursday, June 27, the enduring Pyx Lax will deliver a concert with their greatest hits, wrapped in memories created at this historic theater.

The Rockwave Nights continue with Greek bands that have been missed by their fans. Raining Pleasure, the top Greek English-speaking band, reunites on Friday, June 28, to reconnect with old fans and meet new ones. The next night, Saturday, June 29, Rotting Christ, Greece's biggest metal band, will celebrate 35 years in music with a unique show prepared exclusively for this live performance. On Sunday, June 30, Hat Trick will bring their rock 'n' roll energy from Thessaloniki for a one-of-a-kind concert.

On Monday, July 1, Alkinoos Ioannidis will reunite with his historic band for an electric celebration full of beloved songs, unexpected covers, and creative improvisation. On Tuesday, July 2, the dazzling showman MIKA will arrive with a vibrant pop dance party, and on Wednesday, July 3, Sweden's foremost progressive metal band, OPETH, will share the stage with modern progressive pioneers Leprous in a psychedelic performance. The first part of the Rockwave Nights concludes on Thursday, July 4, with Pan Pan and Years Of Youth in an "electronic utopia," a show resembling a love letter to Athens from its most iconic hill.

On Friday, July 5th, Evanthia Remboutsika ascends to the theater with an enthralling company: magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, acrobats, street artists, and of course, the skilled musicians who are her steadfast companions in the "Evanthia's Carousel," for a night imbued with the romantic spirit of another era. The spectacular "The Wall - Pink Floyd's Rock Opera" comes to Athens for the first time on Sunday, July 7th, and Monday, July 8th. Influential rock musicians, renowned singers backed by the legendary band, and solo dancers of contemporary dance compose a performance that blends Pink Floyd's music, dance, song, and archival footage from Alan Parker's eponymous 1979 film.

Hans Zimmer and John Williams, two titans of cinematic music, will resonate at the Lycabettus in a concert featuring the best soundtracks of all time. Beloved melodies, exceptional lighting, and projections set the stage for the high-standard show "The Music of Hans Zimmer VS John Williams," which we'll enjoy for two nights, on Tuesday, July 9th, and Wednesday, July 10th. On Friday, July 12th, the charismatic Asaf Avidan with his unique voice and tremendous theatricality arrives with his Ichnology Solo Tour, while Jacob Collier, the "colorful Mozart of Gen Z" as dubbed by The New York Times, takes the stage at Lycabettus on Saturday, July 13th.

Fever Ray, the band that glorifies the grotesque, making it irresistibly charming, comes on Sunday, July 14th, with a unique live music performance proving that musical audacity and imagination know no bounds. Two more nights follow as part of Rockwave: on Monday, July 15th, Pink Martini with the captivating China Forbes on vocals treat their beloved Greek audience to a heady cocktail of classic sounds, Latin, traditional pop, and jazz melodies, while on Tuesday, July 16th, French soul diva Imany and Voodoo Cello, the album that bears exclusively her personal seal from conception to execution, engage in a breathtaking dialogue between a unique voice and eight cellists.

Continuing with Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit: these three epic stories-productions of the small and big screen will come to life on Friday, July 19th, in a spectacular concert with projections, special effects, impressive lighting, and the renowned scores performed by the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra.

On Sunday, July 21st, the ERT Contemporary Music Orchestra presents a retrospective of its seventy-year journey, a tribute to its creators, the great musicians who served it, as well as to the composers, orchestrators, singers, actors, and soloists who honored it with their collaboration. "Swan Lake" with Tchaikovsky's masterful music, one of the best and most popular ballets of all time, arrives on Monday, July 22nd, with a fairytale spectacle featuring two great names in dance, the Principal Dancers of the Berlin State Ballet Iana Salenko and Dinu Tamazlacaru, as well as the Romae Capital Ballet. On Wednesday, July 24th, follows "The Melodia 99.2 Cassette for Manos Eleftheriou," a grand concert tribute to the great poet and lyricist Manos Eleftheriou, curated by Miltos Paschalidis and Giannis Kotsiras, with the participation of beloved artists.

The first part of the Lycabettus program concludes by hosting the last, highly anticipated concert of Rockwave Nights: 21 years after their first appearance at the top of Lycabettus, Placebo, the group that the Greek audience loves like few, returns on Thursday, August 1st, spreading once again their unique "Placebo Effect" on the city's horizon.