“We work to save Summer 2021” – Chronicle

“The Summer Festival 2021? We really hope to save it. We are preparing and will be ready for any scenario, hopefully positive. The important thing is that we get a clear input, especially from the government. People want music, to relive these. emotions “. Cross your fingers Mimmo D’Alessandro, patron of the Lucca Summer Festival. Days on the calendar run fast. Behind there is a 2020 to forget and in front of a 2021 that is still a puzzle. What are these scenarios? “The situation is constantly evolving. We are working hard to realize the Summer concerts in July, but obviously there are doubts and we are already moving towards a possible move of the whole program in September. We make sure to be ready … “. There is also a third …

“The Summer Festival 2021? We really hope to save it. We are preparing and will be ready for any scenario, hopefully positive. The important thing is that we get a clear input, especially from the government. People want music, to relive these. emotions “.

Cross your fingers Mimmo D’Alessandro, patron of the Lucca Summer Festival. Days on the calendar run fast. Behind there is a 2020 to forget and in front of a 2021 that is still a puzzle.

What are these scenarios?

“The situation is constantly evolving. We are working hard to realize the Summer concerts in July, but obviously there are doubts and we are already moving towards a possible move of the whole program in September. We make sure to be ready … “.

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Is there also a third hypothesis, namely that of postponing the whole Summer to 2022?

“We would like the crystal ball. Of course we hope not. It would be a disaster. We want to do the concerts this year. I am not thinking only of my company with 30 people (which has received some small support from the state anyway), but to all the related industries and to the specialists we employ. And obviously also to the public. Much depends on the vaccine. It seems disconcerting to me that there are people who invite you not to … Let’s say: if you love life and music, get vaccinated “.

In England they have just canceled the Glastonbury 2021 festival, the mega event at the end of June …

“I know, and Hyde Park also risks a lot. We are still living day to day, but I want to be optimistic. Here, the warm season lasts longer and offers us more margins …”.

And where are you planning for Summer 2021? In Piazza Napoleone or at the former Balilla?

“The main idea we work on is to concentrate everything at the Balilla, with a single stage for all the concerts, in order to be able to better manage the safety issue. Of course we still need to see what the specific regulations will be, but we are professionals and if they let us work we are able to set up a good festival in 2021 too “.

And the capacity of spectators?

“We want to start with the maximum capacity in the Balilla stands area, for thousands of spectators”.

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Will the big names who have rescheduled the dates for July 2021 be available, if so, also in September?

“It is very difficult to say now. There are many international stars standing by the window and waiting to understand what the European scenario will be at least. It is clear that certain mega tours must be spread over various countries. We are monitoring everything. However, even the artists they are hungry for concerts, not just the public. They are caged tigers … “.

Could it be a Summer festival that is more Italian than foreign?

“Who knows? It’s possible. It will depend a lot on the time we have available to program. I don’t deny that there are artists who in doubt prefer to plan everything for 2022 already. Paradoxically, we too are ahead of Summer 2022 with big international names” .

These days there is also a lot of talk about the Pisa project, with the new Arena that could also host mega concerts in the future …

“I am aware of the project for the stadium, which is certainly interesting. The mayor of Pisa also told me about it, as is normal, since I do this job. We’ll see. But for sure there is nothing alternative to Lucca and to its unrepeatable magic “.

Recently, the Antitrust Authority fined TicketOne, a company of the German group Cts Eventim, of 10 million euros, for abuse of a dominant position …

“It seems strange to me, given that Eventim, the group we belong to, is a private company and I believe it has the right to choose the most reliable partner to sell tickets. Besides, it doesn’t affect the price. But personally it’s a question that I don’t. competes “.

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The priority now?

“Here everyone’s commitment must be to restart the music sector. A machine that has stopped for too long. Without important help it won’t last long …”.

Paolo Pacini

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