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Burning Man’s Israeli offshoot, Midburn is a special 5-day festival held in the Negev Desert around May – June every year. It is the second largest regional Burning Man after Africa Burns where, for 6 days, a temporary city is set up creating a platform for communal life style, creativity, art and self-expression. Unlike a typical music festival with big acts, one can camp in the desert that host parties and in the center of the playa are incredible art displays and a huge temple that is burned on the final night.  This year, Midburn will be held between June 4 through 9, 2019.

Midburn Festival. Photo: Niv Shafran

This summer, Israel will also host some of the biggest names of Rock genre like Bon Jovi, Slash and Air Supply. Air Supply, the soft-rock duo of the 80s, Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock are set to tour Israel to play at the Caesarea Amphitheater on May 16, 2019. The show will be a rock extravaganza featuring popular hits like ‘Making Love Out of Nothing At All’ and ‘I’m All Out of Love’.

Bon Jovi Band

Watch the iconic guitarist Slash of Guns N’ Roses fame, live in Israel at the Tel Aviv Fair Grounds on July 9, 2019. Slash along with Myles Kennedy, lead vocalist of Alter Bridge and The Conspirators will perform as part of the promotional tour for their latest album, ‘Living the Dream’.

Legendary Rock Singer Bon Jovi

Legendary rock singer Bon Jovi is also set to make appearance in Tel Aviv on July 25, 2019 as part of the band’s European tour ‘This House is Not For Sale’ starting spring 2019. Jon Bon Jovi, aged 56 announced the concert in a video encouraging his fans to join him at the HaYarkon Park in Tel Aviv. The American rock band formed in 1983 has released 13 studio albums, six compilations and three live albums, selling more than 100 million records worldwide. With 2700 concerts in over 50 countries across the globe, Bon Jovi were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year. So if you are a fan of classical rock or Bon Jovi, a trip to Negev Desert can be worth every penny this summer. 

Iconic guitarist Slash

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Negev Desert

Negev Desert is just a two hour drive from Tel Aviv and is said to be absolute must-see on any Israel trip. The Ramon Crater in the town of Mitzpe Ramon in Israel’s Negev Desert is the world’s largest erosion crater created 220 million years ago. It is among the best locations in the world for stargazing and recently received the designation of international dark sky park, first in the Middle East. You can enjoy an enchanted two hour experience led by an experienced astronomer or sleep beneath the stars at the only campsite in the Makhtesh, Be’erot Campground and experience Bedouin hospitality in its true spirit, where you are treated as local royalty with delicious meals, hot showers and personal chef.

Crater at Negev Desert

You can go on rappelling on the cliffs of crater, have a camel ride or horseback ride along its rim or hop on a jeep tour for incredible desert landscape views. The famous coloured sand can be bottled here at Small Crater. You can then descend into the Arava Valley via the Scorpion trail, said to be on os the most scenic roads in Israel. You can also go to pepper farm in the valley.

Horse riding at Negev Desert. Photo: Dafna Tal

Besides, here a possibility beyond one’s imagination is of producing high quality wines in the dry and arid desert land. Israel turned this into reality with its state-of-the-art irrigation technology and the Negev in Southern Israel is home to several vineyards that produce some internationally renowned wines. Go on a wine trail on the Negev Desert Wine Route for an unusual experience and explore the many wineries offering accommodation, wine-making classes besides elaborate wine tasting sessions.

Zimmer in the Negev-Arava area. Photo: Dafna Tal

Have you ever travelled to attend a classical rock concert? Have you seen Bon Jovi performing live? How was the experience? Share with us in the comments section below.

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