Italy is famous for several reasons. Italy was (and still is) home to dozens of crazy talented artists, stunning and instantly recognizable architecture, beautiful countryside and so much more. It’s the birthplace of opera, Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and it’s home to beaches where turquoise waters beat the sand, as well as historic castles. It’s the perfect setting for a festival.
With festival season fast approaching, we’re here to help you find your dream festival for 2022. And this time we’re checking out what’s happening in Italy. Here are the best music festivals in Italy.
When: Thursday August 4 to Sunday August 7
Where: Castelbuono, southern Italy
Lineup: The Flaming Lips, DIIV, Natalie Bergman, Penelope Isles, C Duncan, plus TBA
Ypsigrock stands in Castelbuonoa city of Sicily, recognizable by its medieval atmosphere with its castles and fountains but also its breathtaking views and green spaces worthy of a film. DIY magazine said of the festival “is it the most picturesque festival in Europe?” Almost certainly, yes. But don’t take their word for it. A quick glance at the video above or scrolling through their Insta will confirm this.
When: Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 September
Where: Florence, Northern Italy
Programming: to be determined
Decibel brings electronic bangers to the culturally rich and artsy city of Florence. Lineups are diverse with electronic, techno, trance, house, dance, psychedelic and more subgenres. In 2019, thousands of people traveled to the city to catch Armin van Buuren, Deborah de Luca, Loco Dice, The Martinez Brothers, FISHER, Infected Mushroom and more efficient. We don’t know who will be playing at this year’s edition, but we’re sure whoever the team behind the festival picks will absolutely smash it.
Rock in Rome
When: Several dates from June to September
Where: Rome, Italy
Lineup: Jinjer, Cigarettes After Sex, Skunk Anansie, Deep Purple, The Chemical Brothers, Maneskin, Testament, Exodus, Patti Smith quartet, Paul Weller and more
Alright, we’re cheating a bit here with this one. Rock in Rome is not really a festival, but rather a series of concerts in the country’s capital, Rome. But it’s too beautiful not to tell you about it! This year will see some big names including Paul Weller, Patti Smith, Skunk Anansieand The chemical brothers. With such a diverse group of acts, there will be a gig to suit you.
When: To be determined
Where: Locorotondo, Puglia, southern Italy
Programming: Alt-J, Caribou, plus TBA
Locorotondo is characterized by its cream-colored buildings, its small alleys and streets conducive to relaxation and its flowery terraces. It’s basically what you imagine when you hear “paradise”. And it will once again be the home of Locus-Festival, welcoming music lovers to celebrate jazz, electronics, blues and world music in perfect and sunny August weather, like every year. Until there Cariboua legend of electronic music, and Alt jan alternative/indie band making serious waves.
Club at Club Turin
When: Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 November
Where: Turin, Northern Italy
Formation: Biceps, Caribou, Jamie xx
Club To Club brings together a lineup of some of the biggest names in island electronic alternative music each year with Beach House, Aphex Twin, Bonobo, and more pasted on the old programming posters. In addition to this year’s delicious programming, which already includes Biceps, Jamie xx, Caribou, Jockstrap, Arca, and other fantastic talents, will be discussions and workshops. The festival started as a club night in the 90s and has since become a must-attend event in Turin.
When: Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 July
Where: Puglia, Southern Italy
Programming: Chaos In The CBD, Octo Octa, Afriqua and many more
Polifonic is a “high-ambience music and arts festival” in Pugliaa paradise region southern italywith the festival taking place between Masseria Capece, Cala Maka and Lido le Palme. Focusing primarily on underground music, the festival is perfect for those looking to broaden their musical horizons and find their new favorite artists. This year’s programming promises to be brilliant with Octo Octa, chaos in the CBD, and smaller acts such as Winter and Rose Calix.
When: From Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July
Where: Parco Dora, Turin, Northern Italy
Composition: Amélie Lens, Four Tet, Boris Brejcha, Peggy Gou, Camelphat, Diplo, Carl Cox, Helena Hauff
But if you’re looking for something a little more mainstream with bigger names in the scene, Kappa FuturFestival brings essential electronic music, including techno, house and tech house, to its stages. This year will see the future legend Peggy Gou, Amélie Lens, Boris Brejcha, Helena Hauff and so many more, we know, will play absolutely killer sets. KFF might just be Italy’s biggest electronic music festival and we can’t wait for it to kick off in July!
Find tickets for Kappa FuturFestival – here
When: Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 June
Where: Milan, Northern Italy
Lineup: Foo Fighters, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Johnny Marr
I-Days is part of italy biggest festivals, as you can probably tell by the lineup, attracting 80,000 people at its 2017 edition. With many unreal artists on the programme, including Foo Fighters, CHIC, Johnny Marr, Greta Van Fleet, The Struts, and L7, I-Days is one to watch as we enter festival season. And since it takes place in such a lively and hectic place, there is plenty to do before and after the festival. Why not snoop around the streets of Milano?
When: From Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August
Where: Vasto, Abruzzo, central/southern Italy
Programming: to be determined
A festival so close to a beach sounds about as good as it gets, but mermaid party didn’t stop there. mermaid party is not only close enough to the beach for you to camp there, but this little boutique festival also takes place in a beautiful historic coastal town with crystal blue water and typical, rustic Italian architecture. Mermaid celebrates alternative music with past lineups, including Slowdive, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, James Blake and publishers. The lineup has yet to be revealed, but with so many crack acts to have played in the past, we bet it will be unreal.
Imagine you are going to a festival in Italy. It’s warm, but not scorching, there could be beaches nearby, the architecture would add a whole other layer to performance – it would be heavenly. And you know, a delicious Italian pizza on a sunny afternoon followed by the best ice cream you’ve ever eaten is a great way to settle that inevitable hangover you’ll have after three days in a row.
Check out our What’s On guide for even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head over to our Things to Do page or get inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.
Header image: Decibel Open Air