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Bulgaria has long been known for its sensational sunny Black Sea beaches and great value mountain ski resorts. And this summer the music scene will add to the excitement with a series of events around the country. They promise something for everyone with a diverse mix of local and global acts including rock, electronica and hip-hop. Gangsta rapper Rick Ross will open the 359 Hip-Hop Festival at the International Fair Ground in Plovdiv on June 20.

The following night features some of the biggest names in Bulgarian hip-hop including headliners 100 Kila. Skateboarding competitions and a graffiti workshop are among other attractions at the three-day event which reaches a climax on June 22 with Bad Girls Night, headlined by Ciara. Electronic music fest Solar Summer 2013 runs at Cacao Beach, Sunny Beach, from July 26 to August 24.

For those who prefer their music heavier, Joe Lynn Turner, best known for his work with Rainbow, is the special guest at the first Varna Rock Festival at the Lokomotiv Stadium on June 27, 28 and 29. The festival is part of the Black Sea city’s bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2019. Events continue the following month with Sofia Rocks 2013 on July 2 and Spirit of Burgas on July 27 and 28. German heavy metal legends Rammstein top the bill at the fourth annual Sofia Rocks at Vassil Levski stadium.

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