Beer festival draws huge names

  • 2009-07-15
  • By Ella Karapetyan

SUMMER FUN: Tallinn's beer festival featured a mix of local and international musical talent.

TALLINN - This year's Ollesummer Festival was a wild success. In addition to plenty of local brews and local music, international superstars such as Moby and Mumiy Troll graced the stage at the festival.
Ollesummer is a massive beer festival that took place from July 8-12 in the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.

The festival provided a huge variety of Estonian and international artists as well as a variety of activities for the whole family. A few of the internationally famous musicians that played at the festival include Moby (U.S.A.), Mumiy Troll (Russia) and Kerli (U.S.A.-Estonia).
The participation of these superstars took the event to a whole new level. Because of these world famous artists, the festival drew significantly more attention, and larger crowds, in comparison with the previous year.

The American singer'ssongwriter and musician Richard Melville Hall, better known by his stage name Moby, had the opening night of the Ollesummer festival in Tallinn.
"We just finished our Estonian show, and it was really fun. I know, I need to find better adjectives to describe shows. Fun. Great. Awesome. I have the vocabulary of a 12-year-old skater," Moby said after playing the festival.
The Russian rock band Mumiy Troll, which has become the most famous rock band in Russia, had its show on July 9. The band has received numerous musical awards, including the MTV Russian Music Awards.

The Estonian pop princess Kerli 's who is well-known all over the world for her alternative rock style and her album "Love Is Dead" 's participated in the last day of the festival, July 12, where her fans could enjoy a live concert.
The five-day Ollesummer program offered a number of different types of music, ranging from folklore and alternative music to hip-hop and country, including some of the choral music that is quite popular in Estonia.

More than 100 musicians took part in what became one of the biggest festivals in Estonia. The guests had the unique opportunity to listen to enduring stars of the stage performing rock, symphonic and DJ-mixed music.
Visitors had an opportunity to take part in different kinds of activities, including children's entertainment.

But when it came right down to it, the festival was all about the beer. In the huge territory of the Song Festival Grounds there were special tents and pavilions where tasters and beer connoisseurs had the possibility to try the productions of brewers from Estonia and other countries.
The fans of more refined drinks were warmly welcomed in the "Chill Out Jazz and Wine Garden."
The festival ground was divided into several stages carrying out different programs, including a "Fashion Club" were festival-goers could change their make-up, buy new designer clothes and more.
This was the 16th beer festival that has been held so far in Estonia. This year the festival set a record in the history of Ollesummer by amassing 25,000 people on the opening night.