Or how the Metaldays site looks in early spring when not occupied by thousands of metalheads from all over the world.

Since the above mentioned heavy metal festival is taking place in one of the most beautiful places in our country, dare I say Europe or World, and since I took my wife for a little trip, which took us to Tolmin, where the festival (previously known as Metalcamp) is taking place for more than a decade, it was quite interesting to visit the place where we have enjoyed our summer days so many times in the past.

Here’s how the site looks at the moment:

01Remember the walk down the path to the main beach? Missing in this photo is a bar on the right and topless women playing badminton!

02Water changes the shore constantly and what was a rather nice lagoon last year, is just a little puddle of water today. But who knows how it will look in July?

03  05Confluence of rivers Soča and Tolminka without hundreds of metalheads.

04Sandy beach and turquoise blue waters scream of refreshment – even today at comfortable 22C.

06The location of second smaller stage – wanna play tennis? 😉

07A view towards the merch area – somewhat a lonesome sight these days.

08No hard liqueurs are being offered here…

09At least a lonesome graffiti tells us an Arch Enemy fan was leaving his/her mark.

010A building in ruins gets masked during the festival effectively with official festival merch stand.

011A shortcut to main stage for press photographers and a location of many meets&greets.

012The location of main stage.

013And a view of camping site – at least a part of it anyway.

I must admit, we both admired the one, that first visited this location as you can see it today in these photos and saw it as a potential place for metal festival. Everything looks so tiny and deserted and a total contrast to what we see when the festival is taking its place. The small town of Tolmin feels like it is awakening from its winter sleep, the bars have open terraces opened and it looks like people are just waiting for those few months to pass and transform their little place in paradise into heavy metal capital of the world – if only for one week!