The best summer festivals in Italy in 2019
Summer is almost here! And apart from beautiful beaches, pink-tinted sunsets and never-ending aperitivos, something else is approaching: our favorite season for festivals! If you’re a festivals fan, you’ve probably noticed that summer festivals in Italy have started to take off! Whether you’re into electro, pop, indie, jazz or classical music, we’ve got you covered with a great selection of Italy’s best summer festivals.
Annunziata Historic Building, Amalfi Coast
April 1st – November 1st
Get ready for one of the most magical festivals there is. Held in the gorgeous Ravello, one of the gems on the Amalfi coast (not to mention the highest up) the festival is like you’ve never seen one before. With concerts happening from April to October, visiting both the town and the concert hall is quite spectacular. Gaze out at the amalfi coast from any of the amazing terraces in Ravello, and then head on to your show. Catch Gianluigi Giglio and his guitar on May 31st, Contaminations III Beatles for Sax & String Quartet on June 15th, or perhaps even The Cello Suites I/II MARTINA BIONDI cello on the 4th of July.
Milano Summer FestivalROCK / POP / ELECTRONIC
Ippodromo Snai di San Siro, Milan
May 8th – July 16th
Lots of dancing, singing, and partying is what best describes the Milan Summer Festival. With big names gracing the Ippodromo Snai stage each year, the festival is a constant reminder of how much fun summer in Italy is. Of course, this year is no different. With names like Metallica on May 8th, Calcutta on June 25th, and Kiss on July 2nd, could you believe there are still other performers that still have to be announced?
Idroscalo Idroscalo Park, Milan
May 24th – May 25th
Back for its 14th edition, Mi Ami, Important Music in Milan, is a renown festival that has been rocking out since 1997. Dedicated to discovering new talents and giving up and coming artists the chance to get up on stage, Mi Ami has become a favorite among italian festivals. Only showcasing italian artists, the festival is a go-to event if you’re looking to have fun and explore the italian indie scene! (line-up still not out)
More FestivalELECTRONIC – HOUSE- TECHNO
June 6th – June 9th
With electronic music still on the rise, and new artists popping up from all over the world, events like More Festival are a true show. Taking place in Venice, the festival will also be paralleling the 58th Biennale of Art, the world renown art exhibition held yearly in Venice. With djs, performers, and different talents taking the stage all over Venice, the festival is a party you will cherish once it’s over. With the lineup yet to be announced, but with previous names like Marcel Vogel, Todd Terje, and Dekmantel Sounstyem having played for past More Festival editions, I’m sure this year’s won’t disappoint. Stay tuned!
June 7th – June 9th
If you haven’t had the chance to experience an EDM event, let alone three whole days of it, Nameless Festival is definitely a good place to start. Full of energy and beat, EDM is a genre that will have you dancing the whole time. In its 6th edition now, Nameless is a long awaited festival by both locals, and the international crowd. Easily reachable from Milan, the festival is also a great excuse to visit Lecco and its surrounding cities. This year’s lineup features names like Steve Aoki, Gammer, Carl Brave, and a whole list of performers that are hardly, nameless.
Festival di CaracallaCLASSICAL
Caracalla’s Baths, Rome
June 11th – August 4th
One of the most magical of places, the Caracalla Summer Festival is quite spectacular. Hosted by the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the festival celebrates music, dance, and mostly classical genre-based entertainment. Whether you choose to watch the opera Aida,the dancing Roberto Bolle & Friends, the composer Ennio Morricone or the talented Mark Knopfler and His Band, sit back and enjoy the show.
Firenze Rock FestivalROCK
Ippodromo del Visarno, Florence
June 13th – June 16th
After having had an enormous outcome last year, this year’s 2019 edition of the Firenze Rock Festival is no different. Showcasing rock legends and the possibility of purchasing a single ticket for all 4 days of the festival, rock fans are in for a special treat. Some of this year’s showmen include: Tool + Smashing Pumpkins (June 13th), Ed Sheeran + Snow Patrol + Zara Larsson + Matt Simons (June 14th), and The Cure + Sum 41 (June 16th.) That 4-day long ticket looks very tempting right about now!
Collisioni FestivalROCK / POP
Arena Concerti- Collisioni Festival, Barolo
June 17th – July 16th
Young, and yet well organized, the Collisioni welcomes friends from all over to come and enjoy not only great music, but also nobel prize winners, authors, wine experts, and many more. This year’s eye catching acts include an exciting opening night on June 17th, with none other than Eddie Vedder. If you can’t make it then no fret, you might find yourself in town for Liam Gallagher on the 4th of July, 30 Seconds to Mars on the 7th, or catch Thom Yorke on the 16th. You’re pick!
Arena Opera FestivalCLASSICAL
Arena di Verona, Verona
June 21st – September 7th
Held in one of the most prestigious italian concert halls, the Arena di Verona is quite the spectacle in and of itself. Imagine how much better it gets with a show! This year’s summer lineup for the arena is full of great events you don’t want to miss. With a list of famous operas coming to Verona, here are some of the most anticipated ones: La Traviata 21 June- 5 September, Carmen 6 July- 4 September, Tosca 10 August- 6 September. With many more performing, check the complete lineup to find the opera that suits you best!
Roma Summer FestivalROCK / POP
Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Rome
June 23rd – August 1st
With an exciting lineup and a great space, this year’s Roma Summer Fest is back, and ready to dance. Held in one of the most popular music halls in Rome, this year’s line-up will keep the auditorium dancing and singing every night. With big names like, Take That on June 29th, Toto on the 4th of July, and Diana Krall on July 14th, how can you pick just one?
Rock in RomaROCK / POP
Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Rome
June 23rd – July 27th
One of the most anticipated lineups when it comes to summer festivals in Italy, Rock in Roma’s is hard to beat. Spacing out from international stars to national sensations, the lineup is always full of surprises. This year, the festival is treating its concert goers to as a swell time, thanks to names like: Calcutta (June 27th), Skunk Anansie (July 8th), and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (July 13th.) With more artists performing, make sure to catch one of Rock in Roma’s shows.
Lucca Summer FestivalROCK / POP
Piazza Napoleone & Mura Storiche, Lucca
June 28th – July 27th
Back again for its 22nd edition, the Lucca Summer Festival has been bringing worldwide famous artists to Lucca every summer. Held in one of the main piazzas of the city, you’re in for quite the show. This year’s line-up will have you on the edge of your seat. Some of the big headliners include: Ennio Morricone on June 29th, Elton John on July 7th, and Tears for Fears on July 10th. With plenty of other big names on Lucca’s roster, you’re definitely going to want to stop over for a night or two.
Un Altro FestivalINDIE
Circolo Magnolia di Segrate, Milan
One whole day dedicated to music of the best kinds, Un Altro festival is back again for the 7th time. Only one day long, the Un Altro Festival is known for its eclectic and surprising line-up. This year’s big headlining name is Anna Calvi, the incredible performer that has just recently debuted her 3rd studio album, “Hunter.” With many more artists to be announced, experiencing the Un Altro Festival will leave you wondering why not more people know about the festival.
Pistoia BluesROCK / POP
Piazza Duomo, Pistoia
July 5th – July 10th
The beloved Pistoia Blues festival is known for its unique energy and lively shows. Held in one of the most central squares of Pistoia, dancing and singing here is a one of a kind experience. This year’s roster has artists that are sure to make you sing and dance along the whole time. Who will you have the chance to sing and dance with you ask? How about Black Stone Cherry on the 5th, Robben Ford, Eric Gales and more on the 7th, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on the 8th? Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Kappa Futur FestivalELECTRONIC / TECHNO
Parco Dora, Turin
July 6th – July 7th
If you’re looking to party for 12 hours straight, the Kappa Futur Festival is where you want to be. Back again for its 8th edition, the festival keeps on getting better each year. Specializing in electronic and techno music, the festival is a great excuse to dance the day AND night away. On the 6th, expect to dance to Boys Noize, Jamie Jones, and Solomun– just to name a few. On the 7th, put on your dancing shoes again and head on over for shows by Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, and Seth Troxler– again just to name a few!
Home FestivalROCK / POP / ELECTRONIC
Parco San Giuliano di Mestre
July 12th – July 14th
In its 10th edition, and a long road ahead of it, this year’s Home Festival is going to be big. After the unfortunate rainy weather during the festival’s weekend last year, the festival still recorded 80,000 people dancing and enjoying music under the rain. If that isn’t symbolic of a festival’s strength, what else is? With a few names like Pusha T, LP, Aphex Twin, the Editors and Paul Kalkbrenner featured on this year’s line-up, I say pack your bags and make Treviso your next weekend destination.
Umbria Jazz FestivalJAZZ
Historic centre and Santa Giuliana Arena, Perugia
July 12th – July 21st
Started in 1973, the Umbria Jazz Festival has become a worldwide favorite among jazz musicians and fans. Hosting concerts with italian and foreign musicians, the festival is a lively event that each summer sees many choose Perugia as their holiday destination. Although the word “jazz” in its title may have you think that is the main music genre, the festival also welcomes other types of music. This year’s headliners include: Michel Camilo / George Benson on July 15th, King Crimson on the 18th, and the anticipated Christian McBride / Ms. Lauryn Hill on the 21st.
Siren FestivalINDIE / ELECTRONIC
Different venues, Vasto
July 26th – July 29th
The Siren Festival in Vasto welcomes its festival goers to a seaside town on the Adriatic coast of Italy. With many different types of musical genres, the festival aims at giving its dancers an all around musical experience. From acoustic, to indie, electronic, and more, the festival is an opportunity to enjoy all kinds of music. With an exciting lineup that includes: Cosmo, 2ManyDjs, Sacramento, dEUS, and many more, you are in for a treat. Thanks to the festival venues setup all around town, you will be dancing in historic squares, gardens, and beachside stages.
Polifonic FestivalDISCO – ELECTRONIC – HOUSE – TECHNO
July 26th – July 28th
If you haven’t visited southern Italy, or better yet Puglia, this is your time to go. With crystal clear beaches, exquisite local cuisine, and fantastic architecture, Puglia is a true gem. What’s more, the Polifonic Festival takes full advantage of the natural beauty, and hosts its festival on a terrace overlooking the sea. With a special focus on underground electronic music, the festival is the perfect getaway for anybody that enjoys good music and breathtaking sights. This year’s motto for the festival is “Hear The Ground” which alludes to the underground element of the music being played. Headliners include: DJ Tennis, Craig Richards, Jeff Mills, and Dr. Rubinstein.
Castle of Castelbuono, Sicily
August 8th – August 11th
Counting 23 editions this year, Ypsigrock is back for another round. With a picturesque setting, this festival is a well-rounded show. With stages set up around the town, and camping grounds nearby, Ypsigrock is a great chance to visit both the beautiful Sicily and enjoy a rock show. This year’s lineup presents: The National, David August, Whispering Sons, and what I hope is only their name, Let’s Eat Grandma. With more artists TBA, who knows who else might come around to rock in Sicily?