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Italia Wave To Hit Puglia

PUGLIA, Italy (VIP NEWS) — The Italia Wave Love Festival will celebrate its 25th birthday under the sun of Puglia, Italy from the 14th to 17th July in the town of Lecce for the first time.

The Festival is organized by the Arezzo Wave Italia Foundation powered by the Puglia Regional Authority, Provincial Authority of Lecce, the Municipality of Lecce, the Chamber of Commerce of Lecce and the Local Tourism Board, within the frame work of Puglia Sounds, the program of the Puglia Region for the development of the regional music system.

The four day event will include concerts, exhibitions, movies, comics, installations and workshops in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy – Salento.

Bands will play from 10 a.m. till night and the festival will include exclusive performances in Italy by Paolo Nutini and Kaiser Chiefs; plus an unseen concert by Giovanni Lindo Ferretti at dawn, and the first performances in Italy by the Moroccan Oudaden and Emel Mathlouthi, a Tunisian singer; The Serge Gainsburg Experience from France and the Vivendo do Ócio from Brazil.

The Main Stage is situated inside the “Via del Mare” football Stadium will also present Lou Reed & band with the new ‘Sweet Tooth’ show, Jimmy Cliff, the Joy Formidable from England, (selected through the ETEP (European Talent Exchange Program)) and the Verdena, Bud Spencer Blues Explosion, Sud Sound System, Zina from Italy and all the artists who will perform on Sunday July 17th for the closing evening of the festival : Daniele Silvestri, Mau Mau, Modena City Ramblers, Cristina Donà, the naked music by Petra Magoni & Ferruccio Spinetti, Fausto Mesolella, Marta sui Tubi and Paolo Benvegnù.

Tickets for the Main stage are among the cheapest in Europe: on Thursday 14th July the ticket is 15 euro, on Friday 15th July 23 euro, on Saturday 16th July 25 euro. Sunday 17th July, the Italian day celebrating the birthday of the festival, is free thanks to Puglia Sounds that will give away 20,000 free tickets. Instructions on how to get these will be available on the Italia Wave Love Festival web site.

Other highlights will feature DJ’s at Elettrowave 2011, and at Ostello del Sole area situated in San Cataldo di Lecce, a few kilometers from the town centre all the winner bands of the “Italia Wave Band” contest will perform.

A few meters from the concert area will be the CultWave space, the cultural framework of Italia Wave, at the Lido York, on the beach. From 5 till 7 p.m. the audience of the festival can take part in meetings, interviews and readings, including the celebration of the well-known comics protagonist Dylan Dog.

Italia Wave we will give a great visibility to the artists of Southern Mediterranean Countries. The MedWave stage (main stage, July 14th) will present creativity from the countries situated South of Italy, and discuss Mediterranean, sounds and noises produced by the Mediterranean new wave with Giorgio Ficarelli, official of the Directorate-General for Development and Culture of the European Commission, Silvia Godelli, Councilor for Cooperation with the Mediterranean Countries, Peace and Culture of the Puglia Region.