Even though Summer 2020 looks as though it will be devoid of most festivals, it is never too late to start planning for next summer. Here are the ten best music festivals to attend in Italy.
Rock In Roma
Rock in Roma is a month-long music festival that started back in 2009. Taking place in June and July, the festival takes place at the Ippodromo delle Capannelle with other shows taking place at Circo Massimo, Auditorium Parco della Musica, and Ostia Antica. Some past participants include Billy Idol, The Rolling Stones, and the Black Keys.
Held on the island of Sardinia, this music festival is dedicated to the celebration of drum and bass music. The festival was started back in 2003 by two friends, who loved working on the island and didn’t want to leave. Initially, it was a big beach party for friends until it eventually grew into the festival it is today. The festival is typically held sometime in September and lasts for eight days.
Movement Torino Music Festival
A cousin to the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, this event was established in 2006 to capitalize on the influx of people attending the Winter Olympics in Turin. The festival continued from there and grew into a three-day techno music celebration. The festival typically takes place in late October or early November, and this point there is no word yet on if the 2020 festival will still be happening.
Mi Ami Music Festival
Located in Milan, the Mi Ami Music Festival has been around for 16 years. This festival is known for its variety of featured musical genres as well as being a platform for unsigned acts. Normally, the three-day festival is held in May but was rescheduled for September 18th-20th, 2020, due to COVID-19. There are still tickets available for those looking to attend.
Kappa FuturFestival started as New Year’s Eve party in Turin back in 2009. Two years later, the festival developed into a two-day summer event. In 2016, The New York Times listed the festival as one of the year’s unmissable events. By 2018, Kappa FuturFestival added a fourth stage and recorded 50,000 attendees. The festival has featured acts like Adam Port and Adriatique.
Lucca Summer Festival
The Lucca Summer Festival has been around since 1998. Taking place in July, this festival has seen the likes of Bob Dylan, Alanis Morrisette, David Bowie, and Patti LaBelle. Though the 2020 festival was canceled, the festival’s website confirmed Celine Dion will perform in 2021.
Nameless Music Festival
The Nameless Music Festival is dedicated to dance and EDM music. The four-day festival is held in the countryside in Annone di Brianza in the Lombardy region of Italy. It was previously held in Barzio but relocated in 2019. The festival typically takes place at the end of May and has been going for almost eight years.
Held in Florence, Firenze Rocks is in its fourth year and still going strong. This rock festival takes place in mid-June at the Visarno Arena for four days. They had almost 500,000 attendees in 2019. Firenze organizers have already confirmed Green Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers for their 2021 event.
Held in Castelbuono, Sicily, This alternative, indie rock festival has been around for almost 24 years. It has been nominated for the Best Small European Festival award and won the Best Italian Festival of 2015 Award and Best Independent Italian Festival of 2018. The festival is four days long, and attendees have the opportunity to camp out to be closer to the site.
Another electronic music festival, Polifonic, takes place in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. Started in 2017, this event takes place over four days in July. Featured acts included James Falco, DJ Tennis, and Craig Richards. Polifonic has already scheduled its 2021 festival for the 22-25th of July.
- Rock in Roma [Rock in Roma]
- SunandBass [SunandBass]
- Movement Torino [Movement]
- Mi Ami Festival [Mi Ami Festival]
- Kappa FuturFestival [Kappa FuturFestival]
- Nameless Music Festival [Nameless Music Festival]
- Ypsigrock [Ypsigrock Festival]
- Firenze Rocks [Firenze Rocks]
- Lucca Summer Fest [Lucca Summer Festival]
- Polifonic Music Festival [Polifonic]
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