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    Lucca Summer Festival 2023, probably the most important music festival in Italy, will take place during the month of July, 2023, in the beautiful town of Lucca.

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    SHORT HISTORY OF THE LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL

    Lucca Summer Festival 2023 - Piazza NapoleoneThe first edition of the festival was held in 1998, when Bob Dylan, George Benson and Joe Cocker attended the event. In 1999, Elton John, Backstreet Boys and Pat Metheny performed on stage.

    Over time, important artists were invited to the festival, such as David Bowie, James Brown, Mark Knopfler, Jamiroquai, Seal, Zucchero, Ray Charles, Elton John, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Oasis, Anastacia, Giorgia, Green Day, Ennio Morricone, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Scorpions, Alanis Morissette, The Cranberries, Buena Vista Social Club, Joan Baez, Natalie Cole, Youssou N’Dour, and Eagles.

    On July 5, 2009, the Dave Matthews Band held a concert of over three and a half hours, the longest performance of their career.

    On September 23, 2017, the historic Rolling Stones concert was held, 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.

    Due the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 edition of the festival was postponed to 2021, and then to 2022.

    The lineup for the Lucca Summer Festival 2022 included artists such as Liam Gallagher, Kasabian, John Legend, Robert Plant, Ben Harper, and Justin Bieber performed on stage.

     

    THE LINEUP OF THE LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2023

    So far, the artists confirmed for the Lucca Summer Festival 2023 are:

    Saturday, July 1, starting with 9.30 pm: Simply Red, in Piazza Napoleone. The band will perform for the fith time at the Lucca Summer Festival. In 2023, besides the concert in Lucca, Simply Red will also appear on stage in Trani on June 27, in Macerata on June 28, in Marostica on July 3, and in Nichelino on July 4.

    Saturday, July 15, starting with 9.00 pm: Celine Dion, in the former Balilla Field. The concert, initially planned for July 25, 2020, and then postponed to July 17, 2021, was rescheduled to July 15, 2023.

    Sunday, July 16, starting with 9.30 pm: OneRepublic, in Piazza Napoleone. OneRepublic will also appear on stage in Rome on July 11, for the Roma Summer Fest 2023, in Naples on July 12, and in Mantua on July 14.

    Friday, July 21, starting with 9.00 pm: Checco Zalone with his show entitled Amore + Iva, in Piazza Napoleone.

    Saturday, July 22, starting with 8:00 pm: Blur, in the former Campo Ballila. It will be the only Blur concert in Italy and the first show in the country since 2013.

     

    THE VENUES FOR THE LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2023

    Lucca Summer Festival 2023 - Piazza dell'AnfiteatroThe concerts of the Lucca Summer Festival 2023 will be held, as usual, in the historical center of the city, in Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino or Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, or outside the historic walls of Lucca, in the former Ballila Field.

    Sometimes, when the audience is very large, the Porta Elisa soccer stadium in Lucca or the Pini stadium in Viareggio are used.

    The main venue of the festival will be Piazza Napoleone, also known as Piazza Grande, the main square of Lucca. The square is located inside the city walls, about 650 meters away from the Lucca railway station, or about 10 minutes on foot.

    The former Balilla Field, the venue for the Celine Dion concert scheduled on July 15, 2023, is a former sports field located between Viale Giosuè Carducci and the 16th-century walls of the city. The Lucca railway station is located about 500 meters away.

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