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The first edition of the Lucca Summer Festival took place in 1998, when Bob Dylan, George Benson and Joe Cocker performed on stage.
Over time, important names attended the festival, among which we can mention David Bowie, James Brown, Mark Knopfler, Jamiroquai, Seal, Zucchero, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Oasis, Anastacia, Giorgia, Green Day, Ennio Morricone and The Rolling Stones.
On 5 July 2009, the Dave Matthews Band held a concert of over three and a half hours, the longest performance of their career. On 23 September 2017, it was held the historic Rolling Stones concert, the only Italian date of the No Filter European tour, which established the attendance record for this event, of about 55,000 people. On this occasion, the stage was built alongside the City Walls, precisely in the former Balilla field.
So far, the artists announced for the 2020 edition of the Lucca Summer Festival are:
June 13: Paul McCartney, in the former Ballila Field;
June 28: Liam Gallagher, in Piazza Napoleone;
July 4: Lynyrd Skynyrd, in Piazza Napoleone;
July 17: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, in Piazza Napoleone;
July 18: Yusuf Cat Stevens, in Piazza Napoleone;
July 24: Paolo Conte, in Piazza Napoleone;
July 25: Celine Dion, in the former Ballila Field.
The concerts are usually held outside the historic walls of Lucca, in the former Ballila Field, or in the historical center of the city, in Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino or Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Sometimes, when the audience is very large, the Porta Elisa soccer stadium in Lucca or the Pini stadium in Viareggio are used.