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A summer of music – The festivals and concerts in Emilia-Romagna 2018

Summer in Emilia-Romagna is experienced to the rhythm of music. There are many events that will involve places of excellence also this year, in big and small towns – at the sea, in the cities of art and in the Apennines – which will act as a stage for the numerous events, many of which are free with high quality guests. Ready for a ton of festivals, summer series and concerts with musical mixes of every kind?




Let’s start from the upper part of Emilia where this year the concerts will be very exciting and all Italian: Ermal Meta, winner of the 2018 edition of the Festival of San Remo is ready with his melodic tour “Non abbiamo armi” which will kick off the literary festival “From the Mississippi to the Po” on June 28. A melodic July on the notes of the maestro Branduardi in Castel San Giovanni on July 15, to then experience real Made in Italy rock with Gianluca Grignani in Cortemaggiore on July 21. In August and September we can instead discover the most modern rap with Coma Cose (Aug 31) and Willie Peyote (Sept 7) in Fiorenzuola D’Arda.



Let’s move down towards Parma where the maestro Ennio Morricone on June 21 will enrapture us at the Cittadella Music Festival, followed the next day by Lauryn Hill (June 22). In July there will be the former X-Factor judge Arisa (July 20) to enliven the Parma stage with her multi award winning love songs.




Also in Reggio there are many summer events with music: Luca Carboni kicks things off on June 30, then leaving room for the very young Benji & Fede, teen idols, on July 10. A totally Italian stage also on the following days with Ermal Meta (July 12) and Caparezza (July 14). On the same day in Gattattico  if you love punk rock you can run to listen to Punkreas, followed in Albinea the next day (July 15) by the very famous Israeli clarinet and saxophone player Anat Cohen. On July 19 you can sing your lungs out here to Mama Maè, Magnolia, Rotolando Verso Sud and many other incredible songs under the stage of Negrita!




Our musical journey moves on to the province of Modena, more precisely to Soliera where on July 5 Dente and Guido Catalano will perform for the Arti Vive Festival. The next day the event will await you with other interesting guests such as the Gazebo Penguins. On July 8 it is instead the turn of an absolute star of the Italian indie scene: Motta! So, we are now at July 15 at the Carpi Summer Fest with Gianni Morandi, and the next day James Blunt. Arisa will come to Sassuolo on July 22, while on September 8 it is the turn of Carl Brave and Franco 126, romantic Roman musicians with a type of avant-garde rap loved by youngsters.



The capital of the region will see a June full of music: Selton (June 21), Eugenio in Via di Gioia (June 22), Cesare Cremonini (June 26), Arisa (June 27), Maria Antonietta (June 27) and the international stars Demi Lovato (June 27) and Tom Walker (June 27). On June 30 Meganoidi present their latest album in Fontanelice, “Welcome in Disagio”. Another interesting concert on July 3 with Frah Quintale, child of the most current musical trends in Italian indie music. A little bit of history of music with the Nomadi in Castel D’Aiano on August 8, to then move on to Roman rap with Coma Cose on September 15 at the end of summer.



An important date for a great Italian artist: Cosmo awaits you on June 28 in Piazza Castello for Ferrara Sotto le Stelle.  A few days later there will be Colapesce (July 8) and Cigarette After Sex (July 9) in the courtyard of the Castle. This festival continues also on July 17 on the notes of Kasebian.



We arrive in Romagna to experience the folklore of liscio in the company of Moreno il Biondo (June 25 and July 9) in Gatteo Mare, homeland of traditional Romagna music. Sogliano al Rubicone will host various concerts: Anastacia (July 4) and Antonello Venditti (July 14). Right around the same time, on July 13, the liscio of the Orchestra Mirko Casadei will make Savignano sul Rubicone dance. So it is that we are up to July 19 with Frah Quintale in Cesenatico, to then sing at the tops of our lungs Rimmel in the company of Francesco De Gregori in San Mauro Pascoli on August 7. We will close out with Cosmo on August 17 in San Mauro Pascoli.




Also in the city of mosaics the summer concerts will not be lacking: we start with Mistery Light (June 26), followed by Ritchie Kotzen (June 30) to then move on to Massa Lombarda with the Pinguini Tattici Nucleari, a young and talented rock band from Bergamo with a bizarre name on July 5. Fabrizio Moro will await you instead in Cervia (July 13) and David Byrne on July 19. In the piazza in Cervia it is then the turn of Coez, a much loved Roman musician that should not be missed on July 21. In Riolo Terme for Frogstock 2018 it is the turn of The Zen Circus (August 23) and Ministri (August 25) with two days in the name of real Made in Italy rock. We close out with Faenza who will host the Nomadi on September 5.



If you think that the territories of the inland are full of concerts then you have not yet seen the Rimini schedule: it starts with the Nomadi on June 23, to then meet Negrita on July 1 and the immortal icon of rock Santana in Cattolica. In Bellaria on July 3 there will be Pennywise, Sick of It All, Iron Reagan and A Wilhelm Scream at the Beky Bay Beach Village festival of hardcore music. Also in Riccione there are many events starting with Mr.Rain on July 5. On July 6 it is the turn of Alvaro Soler for the occasion of Pink Night, followed by Baustelle on July 14 at the Verucchio Festival in the town of the same name near Rimini.



We go back to Riccione with J-Ax on July 15, then to Cattolica with the beautiful Francesca Michielin on July 18. If you want to dance to some Italian ska music, you should discover Matrioska in Bellaria Igea Marina on July 19 or if you prefer American ska, Maddness, same place same seaside. Then it is back to the Darsena in Rimini with PFM the same evening. Those who love rap and trap can enjoy Noyz Narcos (July 21 Bellaria) and Capo Plaza (July 22 Riccione), waiting for July 25 for Sfera Ebbasta in Miramare, July 27 for Willie Peyote in Verucchio and August 4 for Tedua in Bellaria.


Also August looks good with Vinicio Capossela (August 4) and the Bayfest 2018 with Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Millencolin, Mad Caddies, Lagwagoon and many more from August 12 to 14. Le Vibrazioni will play in Cattolica (August 16). The Rimini Park Rock will make you jump on August 31 with Sum 41 and Zebrahead. We close out the season with Laura Pausini on September 17.


Last modified Jul 29, 2019

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