Anyone visiting Metaldays 2018 might find this guide from 2017 interesting. I’ve visited the Metaldays festival in Tolmin, Slovenia two times: 2014 and 2017. It’s a great festival that every metal fan should visit, and this is a Metaldays guide based on my experiences.
Metaldays prices are not cheap anymore, at least not compared to a similar festival like Brutal Assault. The trick is to know where things are cheap and expensive, this applies both to the festival area and camping.
In 2017, the camping had 1 euro beer (Budweiser Budvar, 50 cl cans) until 18:00. The Hofer shop also had similar prices for better beer, such as Lasko. It’s best to stock up in camp from one of these, otherwise you will have to pay at least 5 euros for a beer from the foodcourt, if you don’t want to go to the festival area. The beer price in the bars in town is usually around 2 euros for 50 cl.
The cocktails in the festival area are around 5-6 euros. They usually focus on being strong over tasting well, but having a Pina Colada at the beach bar is certainly a mandatory thing to do when you visit Metaldays.
Food is quite at expensive at Metaldays, count on paying at least 8 euros for a decent meal at the foodcourt or festival area. My tip is to head to Tolmin city to find food that is both cheaper and better. For instance, I had great lasagna (big portion) for 7 euros at one place.
If you like wine, Metaldays is for you! Wine in Slovenia tastes good, and is a lot cheaper than beer. In 2017, a glass of wine in the festival area was 2 euros. I had a small glass of wine in Tolmin City for 70 cents (!!).
Metaldays has three stage areas: main stage (Lemmy stage), forest stage (Bosko Bursac stage) and beach stage (Newcomer Stage). The main and forest stages are in the festival area, while the Newcomer stage is situated on the beach, which is in the camping area. I prefer the forest stage, since it has more charm and tends to get less crowded in the night when the bigger bands start playing. I’ve also seen some of my favorite Metaldays gig there, such as Benighted, Immolation, Death Angel and The Foreshadowing.
Tolmin city is small, but it does offer the Metaldays visitor some nice bars and restaurants, and it’s also worth checking out for the surroundings.
The bars in Tolmin are booming around Metaldays, and most of them are playing metal music and serving the festival-goers. One bar in particular was extremely kind to us, offering a backyard pool, as well as free Slovenian liquor. Heading up to Tolmin for some pre-partying is always a good idea.
The food at the foodcourt has nothing on the restaurants in Tolmin, so if there’s time to do the walk and sit down I’d choose them every time.
Things to see
Don’t miss the national park and the surrounding area when you visit Metaldays. You can find signs to follow from the city (Tolminska Korita), and there are also shuttle buses if you don’t want to walk there. Just like the area around the festival, it is a gorgeous display of mountains and rivers.
The Metaldays weather is notoriously unpredictable, and one day can give you a sunburn and still have a storm that blows away your tent. Bring some thick clothes, because the nights can get much colder than the geographical location suggests. Also, make sure your tents and partytents are solidly attached, because chances are a storm will come.
In 2017, the Metaldays wifi was working decently at most times. It’s a nice thing to have, even now when the EU makes decent-priced roaming possible.