When Sonica Festival took place for the first time in 2005 on Bolsena Lake, the Italian psytrance movement was still in its early stage and the older Italian trancers were still travelling abroad and attending psychedelic events in other countries or continents. Sonica Festival became a landmark for the trance culture in Italy, since it was the first psychedelic festival experience for the largest national audience.The Human Evolution Festival by The Evolution Family in Tuscany region and Black Moon Festival by Goa-Project in Marche region are two new festivals which are attempting to reach an international audience, involving artists from the main international scene and creating a strong competition within the national borders.
Italy is the land of great psytrance pioneers such as Etnica & Pleiadians, Lotus Omega and M-45, followed by great old school Djs like Edoardo, Gino, Fog, Phobos, Pixan. The new scene is now living a great rebirth with new talented producers such as Dust, the high-light of Looney Moon Records who inspiring the most psychedelic Italian producers like Dharma and Hypereggs, or Ilai from Antu Records focused on the Psy-progressive style and heading now the italian progressive network.
When parties are starting? When they are closing or have to close?Weekends parties use to start during Saturday late afternoon and ending on Sunday around lunch time.
Are there clubs that open in the morning, is it easy to find one, do peoples have open private afterhours…:Afterparty culture is not so developed in terms of day-time clubs and after-parties happen often in private places such as villas or farms mostly located in the countryside.
Tell us about prices. Average entry for a party (small – mid – big-sized), beer, water etc:Prices in Italy are usually low. Entrance ticket’s costs for a one-night can range between 5€ and maximum 15€ with free drink. Beer cost is always between 2,50€ and maximum 4€, water cost is normally fixed at 1€, cocktails are in a range between 5€ and 7€.
Points of interest:There aren’t fixed places of interest for trancers different from clubs. You can find several meeting points all over Italian cities where people used to gather for spending time in wine bars, smart-shops or trendy clothes shops.
Best places for activities:Italy is a very beautiful country to visit, offering stunning landscapes from the North to the South. Apart from historical visits to old cities, ruins, churches and museums the best Italian tradition is anyway related to wine&food, where every region can delight you with very special dishes and handmade grape nectars you cannot miss.
Best place to stay:
Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples are absolutely the best Italian cities where you can find comfortable places to stay at any range of cost. Italy has plenty of hills, lakes, sea and mountains far from the metropolitan environment that can be visited for a short holiday to have a real taste of Italian traditions and costumes.
Best place to eat:
Just come to eat Pizza in its capital, Naples. You can experience it in a very traditional way within old pizzerias, where you can enjoy it at any time of the day.
WRITTEN BY: Gino Sonica