A stellar festival season in Tuscany

Music events not to miss in summer 2018

Michelle Davis
June 8, 2018 - 12:10

When summer hits, Tuscany turns into a bona fide festival-goer smorgasbord. June through September, music fills the landscape, rocking the rolling hills with everything from beachside grooves to high-altitude piano performances. Don’t miss out on a chance to plan a road trip and cut your teeth on the region’s fun-filled events calendar.

 

 

June 21-24 / Surfer Joe Summer Festival

 

 

If you feel like taking a ride on an energy wave of epic proportions, head over to Livorno for the world’s number one surf music event! This beautiful stretch of Tuscan coast will become the setting of an intense four-day program of concerts, seminars and various attractions, all free of charge.

Surfer Joe Diner, Livorno

 


June 21-23 / Torrita Blues Festival

 

 

Have you ever enjoyed a blues dinner in a castle among the stunning hills near Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino? Could you imagine seeing guitar legend Popa Chubby in this setting? If this sounds like your jam, you’re in for a treat.

Piazza Matteotti, Torrita di Siena

 

 

June 23-July 26 / Lucca Summer Festival

 

Lucca Summer Festival 2016

 


This year’s stellar line-up features Queens of the Stone Age, supergroup Hollywood Vampires formed by Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, Gorillaz, Roger Waters, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones and King Crimson.

Piazza Napoleone, Lucca

 

 

July 1-August 3 / Festival delle Colline

 

Grant Lee Phillips

 


Explore the fascinating villages and breathtaking scenery of the Prato province while taking in the music of Tucson-born alternative country gods Calexico, Brazilian folk guitar virtuoso Rodrigo Amarante and singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips, former frontman of group Grant Lee Buffalo.

Various venues around Prato, Carmignano and Poggio a Caiano

 

 

July 4-15 / Pistoia Blues Festival

 

 

On occasion of its 39th edition, the stage at the Pistoia Blues Festival will be hosting international crowd-pleasers James Blunt, Graham Nash, Alanis Morissette, Steve Hackett and Mark Lanegan Band.

Various venues around Pistoia

 


July 18-22 / Naturalmente Pianoforte

 

The hills are alive with the sound of music! Every two years, the Casentino mountains offer a natural arena to a giant among instruments: the piano. Set in various locations, from Pratovecchio Stia to Poppi, Bibbiena and some of the most evocative corners of the Foreste Casentinesi, this year’s lineup features, among others, Omar Sosa, Uri Caine and Vinicio Capossela.

Various venues in the Alto Casentino area



August 30 – September 3 / Settembre - Prato è Spettacolo

 

 

Although the full lineup has still not been announced, this much-anticipated yearly event has already name-dropped The Darkness, Einstürzende Neubauten, Deus and Blonde Redhead.

Piazza Duomo, Prato

 


September 1-2 / Walden Festival

 

For its first edition, Walden Festival stems from the desire to showcase art and culture in one of its forgotten settings: the woods. The name recalls transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden, a reflection on man and nature.

Pista Ciclabile Bellosguardo, Cavriglia

 


September 5-9 / Live Rock Festival

 

The full program is still under wraps, but expectations are high, given that the first bands to be announced are Pere Ubu, the Bloody Beetroots and Italian rap sensation Myss Keta.

Giardini Ex Fierale, Acquaviva di Montepulciano

 

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