The best summer festivals in Italy in 2018
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.
Idroscalo Milano ℅ Circolo Magnolia, Milan
May 25 – 26
Mi Ami, Important Music in Milan, is a renowned festival that has been rocking out since 1997. Dedicated to discovering new talent and giving new 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! Headlining the Friday date are Ex-Otago and Francesca Michelin, while Saturday sees the beloved Prozac+ and Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti.
Roma Summer FestivalROCK / POP
Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Rome
May 26 – August 2
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 spaces in Rome, this year’s concerts will most definitely keep the auditorium full every show night. With big names like, Patti Smith on June 10th, Simple Mind on July 3rd, Alanis Morissette on the 9th, Ringo Starr on the 11th, and so many more. Personally, one that I am looking forward to is Sting’s on July 28th- see you there?
Festival di CaracallaCLASSICAL
Caracalla’s Baths, Rome
June 13 – August 6
One of the most magical of places, the Caracalla Summer Festival is definitely unique. Hosted by the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the festival celebrates music, dance, and classic entertainment. Whether you choose to watch the operas La Traviata ( July 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 15, 20) or Carmen ( July 14, 19, 29, 31 & August 2nd) you are in for quite a magical night. In case you’ve already seen the aforementioned operas, you might be interested in the great Ennio Morricone’s concert, held on June 16th and 17th.
Firenze Rock FestivalROCK
Ippodromo del Visarno, Florence
June 14 – 17
After having had an enormous outcome last year, this year’s 2018 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. This year’s showmen are: Foo Fighters on the 14th, Guns N’ Roses on the 15th, Iron Maiden on the 16th , and Ozzy Osbourne & Avenged Sevenfold on the 17th. That 4-day long ticket looks very tempting right about now!
Milano Summer FestivalROCK / POP / ELECTRONIC
Ippodromo Snai di San Siro, Milan
June 19 – 27
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 constant reminder of how much fun summer in Italy is. Of course, this year is no different. With names like Marilyn Manson on June 19th, Martin Garrix on the 29th, Alice in Chain on July 10th, and the Chemical Brothers ten days later on the 20th, there’s no doubt the festival will another hit this year too. What’s even better is that there are still many other artists to be announced!
Rock in RomaROCK / POP
Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Rome
June 20 – July 26
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 very hard to beat. This year, the festival is treating its concert goers to many big names. One of the biggest being Roger Waters on the 14th at the Cirucs Maximus- what a show that will be. In case you’ve seen him already though, grab a ticket for Jeff Beck at the Teatro Romano in Ostia Antica on June 24th, and then for Macklemore almost a week later, on July 3rd.
AREA EXPO-Milano Experience, Milan
June 21 – 24
I-Days is back, and ready to rumble again for its 2018 festival. With big names headlining this year’s event, attendees are guaranteed a great time. Opening with The Killers and Liam Gallagher on the 21st, and headlining with Pearl Jam on the 22nd, you’d think that I-Days couldn’t get any better. But wait, there are also Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Paul Kalkbrenner on the 23rd, and the Queens of the Stone Age, The Offspring, and Wolf Alice on the 24th. If you’re looking for a good time, I-Days is where you want to be.
Arena Opera FestivalCLASSICAL
Arena di Verona, Verona
June 22 – August 26
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: Aida on June 23rd – September 1st , Turandot June 30th- July 26th, and Roberto Bolle and Friends on July 25th. With many more performing, check the complete lineup to find the opera that suits you best!
Lucca Summer FestivalROCK / POP
Piazza Napoleone & Mura Storiche, Lucca
June 25 – July 26
Back again for its 21st 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 too, is no joke. Just some of the big headliners of this summer include: The Hollywood Vampires (Johnny Depp’s band) on the 7th, Roger Waters on the 11th, Gorillaz the day after on the 12th, and Lenny Kravitz only a week later on the 18th. With more big names on Lucca’s roster, you’re definitely going to want to stop over for a night or two.
Annunziata Historic Building, Amalfi Coast
June 30 – August 25
Get ready for one of the most magical summer festivals there is. Held in the gorgeous Ravello, one of the gems on the Amalfi cCast (not to mention the highest up) the festival is one like you’ve never seen before. With concerts happening throughout the whole summer, 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 Davide Valluzzi on the 9th of July, Nuovo Trio Parsifal on the 16th, or perhaps even Ferrars Duo on September 5th.
Collisioni FestivalROCK / POP
Arena Concerti- Collisioni Festival, Barolo
July 2 – 28
One of the most remarkable summer events in Italy, this year marks the 10th edition of the Collisioni Festival. So young, and yet so mature, the festival gives the stage welcomes 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 the 2nd of July with none other than Depeche Mode. If you can’t make it then no fret, you might find yourself in town for Steven Tyler& The Loving Mary on July 24th, Lenny Kravitz on the 28th, or catch Elio e le Storie Tese’s final act ever. You’re pick!
Kappa Futur FestivalELECTRONIC / TECHNO
Parco Dora, Turin
July 7 – July 8
If you’re looking to party for 12 hours straight, the Kappa Futur Festival is where you want to be. Back again for its 7th 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. This year’s lineup has star studded names for both of the days. On the 7th, expect to dance to Joseph Capriati, Eric Prydz, and Amelie Lens– just to name a few. On the 8th, put on your dancing shoes again and head on over for shows by Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, and Luciano– again just to name a few!
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 6th time. This year’s big headlining name is James Bay, english songwriter and musician that introduced himself to world with the hit song “Hold Back the River” in 2014. This year he chose Un Altro as his only Italian concert date, bringing the festival its central act. However, other big names are also lined up for July 8th, which include : MGMT, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Of Monsters and Men, The Lumineers, and more. A topnotch and exciting festival all around if you ask me.
Umbria Jazz FestivalJAZZ
Historic centre and Santa Giuliana Arena, Perugia
July 13 – July 22
Started in 1973, the Umbria Jazz Festival has become a worldwide favorite among jazz musicians and fans. Hosting jazz concerts with Italian and foreign musicians, the festival is a lively event that each summer sees many fans choosing Perugia as a 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: Q85- Quincy Jones 85th Birthday Celebration on the 13th, the Massive Attack on the 16th, the Chainsmokers on the 17th, Pat Metheny on the 19th, and Melody Gardot/ Gregory Porter Nat King Cole on the 22nd.
Pistoia BluesROCK / POP
Piazza Duomo, Pistoia
July 13 – 15
Back again for its 39th edition, the 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. And this year’s roster has artists that are sure to make you sing and dance along the whole time. With two special pre-festival dates showcasing Graham Nash on July 4th, and Alanis Morissette on the 10th, the festival is off to a good start. Followed by none other than James Blunt on the 13th and Steve Hackett on the 14th, the Pistoia Blues 2018 edition is one for the books.
Siren FestivalINDIE / ELECTRONIC
Different venues, Vasto
July 26 – 29
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 yet to be announced, the festival venues are set up all around town. From historic squares, gardens, and beachside stages, the Siren festival is where you want to be in July.
Castle of Castelbuono, Sicily
August 9 – 12
Counting 22 editions this year, Ypsigrock is back for another round. With a picturesque setting, this festival is a complete 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 Horrors, The Radio Dept, Younger, Blue Hawaii, Shame, and more. Furthermore, each year the Ypsigrock holds the contest “Avanti il prossimo” which translates to “Next one up.” The contest revolves around new groups competing for a slot in the festival, so who knows, maybe you’ll witness the making of the next big rock group!
Home FestivalROCK / POP / ELECTRONIC
August 29 – September 2
With more than 160 shows, 10 stages, and 36 bands performing each day, Home Festival was awarded the “Best Festival in Italy” this past 2017; definitely a well-deserved! Held on the last “official”summer weekend before fall starts creeping in, this year’s Home festival will have you ending summer the right way. With a few names like Alt-J, White Lies, The Wombats e Django Django all performing on the 30th, how can you resist? Pack your bags and make Treviso your next destination. You’ll be dancing the summer away!