First Open Air AlterVision Song Contest was held in Tbilisi (Georgia) on May 15-17, 2009. The main idea came after Georgia refused to participate in Eurovision annual contest. On 11 March 2009, Georgia withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, refusing to change the song lyrics and alleging that the decision to ask Georgia to revise its entry came about as a result of pressure from Russia. The song We Don't Wanna Put In caused controversy as it was seen to contain political references to Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin in the lyrics. The defining idea behind the festival is freedom. This is freedom from stress, clichés, social controls, freedom to create and express, freedom to experience what is valued by every single one of us as individuals.
Watch this video from the First AlterVision in 2009 to get a feel of this great event, truly free from bubblegum pop of Eurovision, fake and artificial in everything.
To mark the first ever event of this kind in Tbilisi, the festival will include live appearances by many acts from different countries.
This year Tbilisi Open Air AlterVision 2011 will be held at Tbilisi Hippodrome on Jun 11-12.
Tbilisi Open Air 2011 Participating Bands:
June 11, 2011
Ketrine and Me
Tako and Green Mama
Me and My Monkey
Z for Zulu
Herr Styler (France)
Wallace Vanborn (Belgium)
June 12, 2011
The Fades (UK)
Greenbeam and Leon