Vasto (Italy) 27th-30th July 2017
When an event has been put on Vogue’s best Italian summer festivals list, you already know it is going to be as fashionable as good. No wonder that two of the hippest bands around, Allah Las (US) and Baustelle (IT), are on the bill.
Imagine Alexander Calder working in his studio listening to a Cal Tjader album, while watching a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western film with the soundtrack composed by Love and The Human Expression. That’s how Californian band Allah Las sounds like.
Baustelle are one of the most established acts in Italian indie/alternative rock. These music dandies with a Baudelaire-like attire and meaningful lyrics have recently released L’Amore e La Violenza, a reflective party record mixing Italian pop tradition with the best Pulp. To complete the line-up Arab Strap, Apparat DJ, Trentmøller, Daniel Miller and more to be announced. Vasto, with its breath-taking sea view, is the festival’s true ace-in-the-sleeve.
Tickets from £44.
Torino (Italy) 25th-27th August 2017
Torino may be known in the UK for The Italian Job, but it could soon earn a spot on British tourists’ maps for ToDays Festival. Its name can be considered a manifesto, as the festival aims to capture today’s sounds. And succeeds to do so excellently. After proving with the past edition the importance of synth music in contemporary underground, this year ToDays brings on its stage Mac Demarco, one of the most hyped artists of the moment. Laid-back attitude and 90s nostalgia are the bedrock for the Canadian marvellous jingle-jangling indie-pop which has spread far outside the skater subculture. If you feel slightly nostalgic for the Nineties, ToDays could be your festival. Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft is at the top of the bill along with PJ Harvey, whose last two albums have been hugely acclaimed by critics. Another alternative rock institution playing on ToDays stage are Band of Horses. Also on the bill Timber Timbre, The Shins and Perfume Genius. Afternoon music-related talks and workshops will keep you busy, if you are not to hangover to spend your morning sightseeing the beauties of Torino – one of the most influential cities in Italian counterculture. Once again, one of Italy’s best festivals.
Tickets from £24.
Kappa Futur Festival
Torino (Italy) 8th-9th July 2017
Torino has an established electronic tradition in its underground. Kappa Future Festival brings it to light for two days of house and techno in the post-industrial scenario of Parco Dora. DJ sets from the likes of FatBoy Slim and Paul Kalkbrenner could be enough to convince you to grab a ticket. If this is not enough, Nina Kraviz, Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, Âme, Carola Pisaturo, Body & S0ul, Boo Williams, Jackmaster and Glenn Underground are just some of the other names on the bill. God bless this acid house.
Tickets from £45.
Marina di Ravenna (Italy), 5th-8th June 2017
Some students could still be stuck on campus with exams, but a last-minute flight to Italy could be a great way to leave deadlines stress behind. Especially considering Beaches brew is free and presents a line-up packed with some of the biggest names of the neo-psych scene. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, The Oh Sees, Moon Duo, The Coathangers, Death Valley Girls, King Khan & The Shrines and Mandolin Sisters are just some of the names blessing Beaches Brew line-up. Maybe you caught some of these acts in Brighton during the academic year, but having them all over three days on an Italian East Coast beach is just something else.
Beaches Brew is free.
Information at Beaches Brew