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Lucca Summer Festival

Lucca Summer Festival

What are the best things to do in Lucca during the summer? We can relax in the countryside, have a little tour of the walls, go to the sea or hike the mountains during the day, but Lucca’s summer evenings are always full of events. The biggest and most desired is definitely the Lucca Summer Festival: a music festival in the middle of the old town that always attracts fans from all over Italy and the world.

Every year, the city of Puccini is transformed into an open-air stage for some of the biggest artists in the contemporary pop and rock music scene: Italian and international bands and musicians take turns on the big stage in Piazza Napoleone and on the one of the historic walls, performing under the stars in a truly unique setting.

Lucca Summer Festival 2024

We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Lucca Summer Festival in 2022, and the billboard was filled with incredible names never seen before in 2023. What about 2024? This edition promises to exceed all expectations, considering that this is also the centennial year of Giacomo Puccini’s death.

The most anticipated music festival of the year includes a line-up of internationally renowned artists and a lot of unique events.

The dates of the Lucca Summer Festival 2024 have been revealed for months now, by keeping fans’ curiosity high. But maybe the organization still has some surprises in store…

We are waiting for some final revelations, but we know now that the events will take place from June 2 to July 28. We can enjoy two full months of live performances with some of the biggest names in contemporary music panorama.

The program has been carefully curated to offer a variety of musical genres: there will be world-famous artists such as Mika, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, Sam Smith, and Duran Duran, but also many names from the most appreciated contemporary Italian music scene, such as Calcutta, Geolier, and Salmo.

Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated performances of the festival is the one of Ed Sheeran. The beloved British singer has chosen Lucca as the only Italian date of his tour and will perform on the stage of the historic walls on June 8 and 9.

And what about June 28? Riccardo Muti celebrates Giacomo Puccini and the 20th anniversary of the Luigi Cherubini Orchestra. This will be a unique, worldwide event, and it will take place on the historic walls stage.

The program of the Lucca Summer Festival 2024:

  • June 2: Eric Clapton
  • June 8 and 9: Ed Sheeran
  • June 30: Swedish House Mafia
  • July 3: Tedua
  • July 5: Geolier
  • July 6: The Smashing Pumpinks
  • July 7: Rod Stewart
  • July 11: Calcutta 
  • July 12: Lenny Kravitz
  • July 15: Diana Krall
  • July 16: John Fogerty
  • July 18: Salmo e Noyz
  • July 19: Mika
  • July 20: Sam Smith
  • July 21 and 23: Duran Duran
  • July 24: Toto
  • July 26: Gazzelle
  • July 28: Muti celebrates Puccini

A History of Bringing Top Talent to Italy

The Lucca Summer Festival has always been a popular event for internationally renowned artists. Among the most beloved Italian singers who have graced this stage over the past 26 years, we want to mention Laura Pausini, Pino Daniele, Elisa, Mario Biondi, Giorgia, Francesco De Gregori, Ennio Morricone, and Zucchero Fornaciari. Notable foreign singers and successful bands include David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Anastacia and Green Day.

In addition, some editions of the festival have been particularly noteworthy. How can we forget the summer of 2017, when the Rolling Stones held their only Italian concert of the No Filter European tour in Lucca, recording a record attendance in the city of about 55,000? The festival stage was positioned outside the city walls for the first time for the occasion.

2009 was certainly another memorable year, when the Dave Matthews Band gave a concert lasting more than three and a half hours, the longest performance of their career. The DMB Europe 2009 box set was taken from that concert.

This year the Festival promises to be just as spectacular, with a billboard so rich, curated and varied that will bring everyone together.

If you are planning to attend one of these incredible concerts, L’Antica Bifore Guest House gives you the opportunity to stay in a historic 12th-century building in the heart of the old town of Lucca. You can immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere of this magnificent Tuscan city, and enjoy the experience of the Lucca Summer Festival 2024 at its best.