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Zone Fest @ Prishtina, Kosova 03 – 04. 06.

So, I came to Prishtina on Thursday evening and straight from the bus station I went to see the venue where Zone Fest is going to be held.  It was the outdoor location of Zone Club, which I have visited for Ricardo Villalobos party in February. The idea of the festival was a 48 hours of non-stop paryl, with three different  stage changes, first in big yard of the Zone Club, second indoor of the Zone Club and third, one small area outside one of the walls of Zone Club. For my opinion that was very brave, because there are not a lot of venues that you can pull up 48 hours of non-stop party whit people non-stop in it. There are just some of the days when everything is going upside down…But if it is a matter of business, you really can be in hell… Sunny Friday came and we all thought that the rain missed us, but then there were some heavy showers which luckily stopped soon.  In one moment festival’s booking agent, man from Eastern European Music Management (EEMM), who is long time in the business and books lot of top DJs for whole Balkan, so, he receives an email with Digweed’s cancelation for that night because of some really serious family matter. He told me that Digweed usually never cancels, so for sure, there was something serious in question, and  you know, it happens sometimes, cancelations are also a part of the business. Shortly after that, booking agent receives another mail in which says that there was some delay with first Steve Lawler’s flight so he will miss the connection and the problem is that after that connection there are no more possibilities for him to make it to the party. That was a point when hell started. After a short discussion, organizers of the festival have decided to higher the jet and resolve the situation like that, but there was another complication regarding that matter of jet’s permit to land on Prishtina’s airport. After, literally 50 phone calls the solution was found, jet will land in Skopje and Steve would be driven with a car to Prishtina which was just 100 km distanced. At that point, in all that mess, “mister” Lawler says that he is very tired and he wants to rest, on which EEMM booking agent positively replays with an option that he could go to sleep and catch the morning flight, comes and play 2 hours on the Zone Fest afterparty and next catch the flight for the next gig as he supposed to. To be honest, that was really a great deal, he could sleep for whole night and catch up everything, which was not exhausting at all. I mean, he chose to be a DJ and it is not a job from 9 to 5 and with and every day same timetable… So Steve on all that just said no, that was not a part of a deal. Sooo…I really cannot...