Jim Carroll

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The Italian connection

We’ve been talking a lot of late here about festivals out foreign like Primavera and Sonar. This weekend, there will hundreds (thousands?) of Irish walking around the Eavis small-holding in Glastonbury. Many of you will also be planning to head …

Wed, Jun 24, 2009, 15:00

   

We’ve been talking a lot of late here about festivals out foreign like Primavera and Sonar. This weekend, there will hundreds (thousands?) of Irish walking around the Eavis small-holding in Glastonbury. Many of you will also be planning to head away to Airbound (Bodytonic and Nightflight’s beano in Croatia), EXIT, Melt, Sziget, Pukkelpop and Benicassim (which seems to the only European date which the Tom Tom Club are doing).

One of the best European festivals I’ve been to in recent years is Italia Wave. After wandering from Arezzo to Florence, it has now found a semi-permanent home by the sea in Livorno. This year’s fest will feature Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, Placebo, 2 Many DJs, Ellen Allien, Howie B (his Beautiful project with Luca Bergia and others) and many, many more, including a veritable ton of Italian bands. Add in films, literary bits and bobs, comics (a public interview with Gilbert Shelton), sports (including a 10km road-race), theatre and you have over 130 events on 9 stages from July 16 to 19.

Admission to all daytime events and the first night’s gigs is free, a ticket for Saturday with Kraftwerk and the Aphex Twin is €25 and a weekend ticket is €60.