Italy is lately becoming more and more a psytrance oriented country and the upcoming summer will be really filled up with lots of parties and festivals.
The season will start from the next June that will see the 1st festival happening in the heart of Tuscany “7-Chakras” produced by Believe Goa Team and based on the environmental respect. The festival will take place from 19th to 21st June to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Following the Wao Festival at the end of July on the Bolsena lake close to Rome, based on the same cultural values and with a very interesting international lineup. At middle August then, the so awaited Sonica 10 Years Celebration at the bottom of the Dolomites Alps and very close to the beautiful Venice which will be a very good occasion for all the international crowd to spend holidays visiting the stunning surrounding nature and the capital of romanticism. Sonica will offer one of the best lineup of the summer festival season presenting all kind of psychedelic music style together with a very intense cultural program including workshops, healing practices, artistic performances and a kid area for all the attending families with children. The italian psychedelic summer will end on the last weekend of August with Human Evolution festival in another great venue in Tuscany so to offer more occasions to visit the beauties of Italy, drinking excellent wine and tasting amazing food. The Italian summer festivals are waiting for you all and of course you won’t regret the choice to come for a deep psychedelic journey.
Important Artist from Italy:
Arjuna, Dust, Ilai, Parasect, Phase, Dharma, Hypereggs, Caveman, Nemo
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 or Antu Records focused on the Psy-progressive style and heading now the italian progressive network.
Important Psytrance label from Italy:
Looney Moon Records
Blacklite Records; Magma Records; Pixan Recordings.
The most important Italian psytrance labels of all ages were of course Etnicanet and Neurobiotic records for all the first decade of the 2000s, but nowadays represented by Looney Moon Records and Blacklite Records, counting several releases every year in the last 5 years and doing a very good work scouting and producing new talented artists from all over the globe. A small number of minor labels is by the way present in the country mainly keeping the focus on the underground scene.
PARTIES & FESTIVALS
Important Party/Festival label from Italy:
Sonica Dance Festival
Other psychedelic Trance gatherings:
7-Chakras Festival 19-21 July by Believe Goa
Wao Festival 31 July – 02 August by Free Spirit Foundation
Human Evolution 26-30 August by Evolution family
After Sonica festival and totally created on new spiritual basis, we can mention Human Evolution Festival Festival by The Evolution Family in Tuscany region
and Black Moon Festival by Goa-Project in Marche region. Although some lack of skills, both these 2 new festivals are now trying to reach an international audience, involving artists from the main international scene and creating now a strong competition within the national borders.
DECO & ART
Important Deco artist from Italy:
More deco artists
Looney Moon Deco is the only reputable international deco-team based in Itlay. They lately started to work together with Delta Process visual-team, combining the creativity of very professional video-mapping shows with great artistic stage and dancefloor designs.
MORE PARTY INFOPreferred music styles inItaly:
Forest, Psy-dark, Twilight, High-tek, Psygressive
Weekends parties use to start during Saturday late afternoon and ending on Sunday around lunch time.
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 countrysides.
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€.
Drug screening is mainly focused on alcohol test but in rare cases tampons are used to detect cannabis or amphetamine.
Points of interestThere aren’t fixed places of interest for trancers different from clubs. You can find several meeting points all over italian cities where people use to gather for spending time like wine bars, smart-shops or trendy clothes shops. For sure worthy of mention it’s in the last years the Gipsy Fashion Wear Gipsy Fashion Wear in the center of Naples where lots of infos about international festivals and local events are weekly spread around by the crew and promoters hanging out at this place.
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 we hearty suggest you not to miss.
Best places 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 places 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.
The Southern Italy is the most safe place to party compared to the center or to the north where controls are always more strict and common. The sparkling southern culture allow people to feel protected and more free to enjoy any kind of event.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
His/Her role in the Psytrance community:
Gino is the mind behind Sonica Dance Festival. Founder and executive producer since the beginning he is now at his own 10th years of international festival production and he’s currently completing the new Sonica 10 Years Celebration
VA compilation to be released by the end Of next June 2015.
Info about the author:
Solidcream is the name of the new dj-project of Dj Gino, actually focusing on the more nocturnal frequencies, presenting an extremely banging djset. During the upcoming summer festival season