Now in Istanbul
This September in Istanbul is a little quieter than usual because from the 9th to the 18th of September they are the “Bayram” holidays (Eid El Kebir), and the government decreed nine days of vacations. Most of Istanbulites will therefore be on vacation at this time, the southern resorts for exemple have a more rhythmic musical agenda, some famous artists like Ricky Martin, Elton John or Inna will be concerts in Antalya. However you will find a range of interesting cultural activities in the city of two continents, here is the program:
CONCERTS & MUSIC FESTIVALS
September 2 – James What: the British DJ and producer of electronic music will mix on the beautiful terrace of Mentha in Beyoğlu.
September 2 – Empyrium: the German folk/symphonic metal band will be on stage at the Zorlu Center PSM
September 2 – Yeni Bir Fest: it is an original festival proposed by the brand Yeni Raki (Raki it is the Turkish national drink, see our page “Turkish alcohols“), for the occasion the Küçükçiftlik Park turns into a huge tavern and Turkish raki and meze will be served in a festive atmosphere where local artists will play some local hits. Not to be missed !
September 3 & 4 – Suma Beach, Dans Olimpiyatları: Suma Beach is a beach of Northern Istanbul where are held every weekend some mini electronic music festivals. This weekend they organize the Olympics of dance, a music festival where local and international DJs will mix non-stop for 48 hours. For more informations: sumabeach/facebook.
September 3 – bi günlük festival: it is a festival where the new Turkish talents of pop, rap, electronic music will succeed all day the time of a day. The festival will be held at the LifePark in the forest of North of Istanbul.
September 3 – Jazz at sea: the respected jazz percussionist Ferit Odman takes part in the concept of “Jazz at sea”, it is a series of jazz concerts on a boat between Europe and Asia on the Bosphorus. The boat opens its doors at 7pm, starts to navigate at 9pm and returns at midnight. For more information: theprimetimecruise.com
September 4, 5 and 6 – Tarkan: the Turkish singer best known abroad for his hits at the end of the 90 will be at the open-air theater Cemil Topuzlu for a concert part of his promotional tour for his new album.
September 17 – rooftop festival: the energy drink brand Burn organizes the rooftop festival of Istanbul in the district of Beyoğlu. Some famous DJs will be present like Stavroz, it is an event not to be missed if you are in Istanbul at those dates, the establishments in which the festival will take place are also very beautiful places like Saigon, the George Hotel or the Nu Teras. For more details click here.
September 23 – Kraak & Smaak: the Dutch trio of funky electronic music, discovered in 2003 by the famous DJ and producer Pete Tong from the BBC Radio 1, will be on stage at Babylon Bomonti, a very nice art complex in the heart of Istanbul.
September 24 – Selda Bağcan & Boom Pam: Selda Bağcan is an icon of Turkish music, her stances and activism have caused her trouble with the Turkish governments during her long career. Some of her songs have also been sampled by rappers like Dr Dre and Mos Def. She will be accompanied by the quartet of Israeli rockers Boom Pam for a groovy representation at the Babylon Bomonti.
September 24 – Jazz At Sea / Ilham Gencer : Ilham Gencer will be the guest of the second part of Jazz at Sea, a jazz concert organised on a boat in the middle of the Bosphorus. The dean of Turkish jazz (90 years old) will be accompanied by his mucisiens for what we hope will not be his last concert.Plus d’infos sur : theprimetimecruise.com
September 24 – Natasha Atlas & Serkan Çağrı: the Belgian-Egyptian singer whose music includes Eastern and Western influences will be accompanied by the Turkish clarinetist Serkan Çağrı. At the CRR concert hall.
September 25 – Casio G Shock 24hoursIstanbul: Casio is organizing a 24-hour music festival at the Küçükçiftlik Park. More information on programming in the coming days.
September 30 – Hayko Çepkin: the Turkish alternative metal singer of Armenian origins and with surprising look will be performing at the Akasya Kültür Sanat
September 30 – Armin Embrace Istanbul: the world famous DJ Armin Van Buuren will be in Istanbul at the Ora Arena for a 6 hours set. More informartion on Biletix.
September 11 – Fenerbahçe vs Bursaspor : the club from the Asian side of Istanbul welcomes Bursa, a team that was champion a few years ago. Bursa is close to Istanbul, so the atmosphere of the games are always on fire!
September 25 – Beşiktaş vs Galatasaray: after Galatasaray against Fenerbahce this is the second hottest derby of the year. The show will surely be sublime, since this will be the first game of the lions of Galatasaray in the new stadium of Beşiktaş, the Vodafone Arena. The atmosphere in the neighborhood of the same name is also always amazing on match days.
September 28 – Champions League – Beşiktaş vs Dynamo Kiev: Beşiktaş welcomes Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev for their second Champions League group match.
September 29 – Europa League – Fenerbahçe vs Feyenoord: the canaries of Fenerbahce receive the Dutch of Feyenoord for their the second match of the UEFA Cup.