Ypsigrock is the best festival on the planet.


If you missed out on Glasto, then you should try it.

The Times

Ypsigrock excelled once again, it must now be seen as one of the most tasteful and considered ‘boutique’ festivals in Europe, if not the world.


The best festival you’ll only find if you leave the beaten track of the European circuit behind.

The 405

There’s a mysterious charm to this Sicilian event that is nigh on impossible to put into words.


Un appuntamento che ha saputo diventare meta turistica, momento di aggregazione e di cultura, e soprattutto uno stato mentale.

Stefano Cuzzocrea (Journalist and unforgettable Friend)

Ypsigrock’s beautiful location, married to excellent production and hospitality resulted in the festival being one of the most memorable weekends of my life.

Andy Inglis (5000 Mgmt, UK)

You would be hard-pressed to find a festival more beautiful.

The Independent

Is this Europe’s most picturesque festival? Almost certainly, yes.




Ypsigrock Festival will take place from the 8th to the 11th of August 2019 for its 23rd edition at  its stunning location: the imposing Castle of Castelbuono, in Sicily, Italy.

Photo credit: Roberto Bonomo

The  charming  venue  takes  you  back  in  time,  inside  the  medieval  town  Castelbuono,  nestled  between  the Madonie Mountains and the sea on Sicily’s north coast.

Established  in  1997,  Ypsigrock  Festival  has  earned  a  reputation  as one of  the  most  suggestive  European boutique festivals. And in it’s 21st year, Ypsigrock has been selected among 10 international festivals on the Best Small Festival shortlist of the European Festival Awards 2017, held at Eurosonic, Groningen.

Photo credit: Manfredi La Marca

Photo credit: Patrizia Chiarello

Ypsigrock Festival is an enchanted pocket sized event turned out to be the benchmark for addicted indie-rock  lovers.  Ypsigrock  is a  choice  of quality and  it  differs,  cause  it  mixes  up  several  charming  aspects  of  a music festival with an exclusive location.

Photo credit: Stefano Masselli

The strong reputation for its varied line-ups led to being awarded as the best festival 2015 at the Italian On Stage Awards. The festival puts a lot of its effort into the artistic programming and the integration into the local culture, the unique Sicilian cuisine and world famous wines.

Over  the  years  Ypsigrock  has  been  bringing the  best  musical  artists  to  Sicily including  Editors,  Mogwai, Daughter,   Savages,   Moderat,   Battles,Metronomy,   Primal   Scream,   Future   Islands,   Caribou,   Belle   & Sebastian,Dinosaur Jr., Mudhoney, together with up and coming international and Italian talent.

Furthermore Ypsigrock welcomed the Italian debuts of Jon Hopkins, Alt-J, SOHN, Django Django, Hinds, Fat White Family, among others. ri.

Ypsigrock’s stages are located all around the picturesque Sicilian mountain town of Castelbuono.

Photo credit: Roberto Bonomo

Photo credit: Roberto Bonomo

The main stage, the Ypsi Once Stage, is set in a truly breathtaking square, a natural amphitheater shaded by the impressive Castle of Castelbuono and the lovely town is crowded by thousands of festivalgoers.

Photo credit: Roberto Panucci

Piazza  San  Francesco encloses the  wonderful  eighteenth-century  cloister that  embraces  the Ypsi  &  Love Stage, the second stage of the Festival.

Photo credit: Roberto Panucci

Photo credit: Roberto Panucci

The equipped  camping  area Ypsicamping where  is  set  the Cuzzocrea  Stage is  located inside  Madonie National  Park,  a  spectacular  naturalarea  in  the  middle  of  the green  woods that  surround  Castelbuono.Ypsicamping is a fantastic place where it’s possible to join the Festivalin a friendly and absolutely relaxed atmosphere.

Photo credit: Elisabetta Brian

Photo credit: Elisabetta Brian

The  fourth  stage  is  the Mr.  Y  Stage,  at  the  Centro  Sud,  a deconsecrated  baroque  church  in  Castelbuono, the mostintimate stage during Ypsigrock.

Castelbuono  is  located  in  about 400m  above  sea-level at  the  foothills  of  the  Madonie  Mountains, about 1hr 30mins drive from the Palermo international Airport and a 20 mins drive to the Mediterranean coast.

Photo credit: Roberto Bonomo

Photo credit: Roberto Bonomo

The  festival  features  a camping  site in  a  umbrageous  pine-wood,  while  Castelbuono  also  offers  various types of accommodation, from b&bs, agriturismos, to five-star hotels.

Getting  to  Castelbuono  means  discovering the  inner  heart  of  the  most unknown  Sicily:  an  unexpected journey through artistic, natural and cultural beauty, essential statements of the genuine Made in Italy.

Ypsigrock Festival is also the best chance for a great vacation destination in the summer, completely lost among  several  Mediterranean’s  undiscovered  jewels:  Cefalù’s  marvelous  sands,  Pollina’s  rocky  shores with  transparent  sea  and  Madonie’s  incredible  peaks,  all  from  the  extraordinary  panoramic  position  of Castelbuono,affording a magnificent view of a land rich in charm, decorated with athousand colours and enriched by delicious cuisine.

Photo credit: Valeria Di Pasquale

Every  year  Ypsigrock  Festival  brings  in  Sicily,  usually  for  the  first  time  ever,  a  wonderful  selection  of international artists, in a timeless and incredible spot.

It’s difficult to find a better place for people with a steady cultural, natural and musical attitude.

Find out Ypsigrock and discover the unexpected Sicily!

Photo credit: Valeria Di Pasquale


Avanti il Prossimo – Artist Application
If you are a band that would like to play Ypsigrock Festival, please note that every year we organise a Talent Competition called “Avanti il Prossimo” (literal translation: who’s next?) and artists from any musical genre can apply. This competition gives new acts the chance to compete for a slot on one of the stages at Ypsigrock Festival.
“Avanti il Prossimo…2019” is now closed.

Please stay tuned for more. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, visit this page and subscribe to our newsletter to get updates. 

“Avanti il Prossimo” is your best option to play at Ypsigrock Festival.

Please don’t use the general info e-mail adress and the general form of the CONTACTS page to propose artists for the next edition of the Festival.

Thank you!


“Avanti il prossimo…” is the emerging talent contest organized every year by Ypsigrock Festival. This competition gives new acts the chance to comete for a slot on one of the stages at Ypsigrock Festival.

“Avanti il Prossimo…2019” is now CLOSED. The entry period was between 3pm 25th March 2019 and 6pm 3rd April 2019. All submission processing at this web site has finished.

The winners are: Huntly, ?handlogic, Giungla, I’m Not A Blonde and Canarie.

Thank you!

Please note: by submitting an entry, you’ve accepted the following terms and conditions and agree to comply with them.

YPSIGROCK FESTIVAL 23rd ed. 8-11 AUG 2019
The Glenn Gould Production Company presents:
"Avanti il Prossimo"...2019
Talent Competition


    The Competition is open to all citizens of the universe able to hold a musical instrument with some dignity. There are no additional restrictions apart from those indicated in point 2).
  2. MUSIC
    By participating in the competition, you will be responsible for the content submitted, ensuring that you are the author or co-author of the content. Music must necessarily be original, your own work. Cover bands are immediately excluded. We only consider original content. Acts of any musical genre have the chance to compete. We don't like labels and we love contaminations.
    No entry fee. Registration is free.
    Entrants must submit a completed online application form on this website. Only online applications will be accepted. Once you have entered all your details, click on the Enter button. Once you have submitted your application our system will send you a confirmation by e-mail. The system will use your e-mail address stored within your registration details, therefore it is important to keep your registration details up to date. Check your registration to ensure that you have entered your e-mail address correctly. If you have registered with an incorrect e-mail address, please just apply again. If you don't see the e-mail confirmation in your Inbox, please check in your spam/junk folder. You may have a filtering system set up on your computer that will not accept our e-mails, please add as a safe sender in your address book. If the problem persists please contact us.
    Competition entries must be submitted for 10 days only from 3pm Monday 25th March until 6pm Wed 3rd April 2019.
    No exceptions. No extensions.
    – The application form must be completed correctly in all its parts. Entries lacking a required field on the application form will be disqualified.
    – By participating in the Competition, you fully and unconditionally agree to and accept these Terms and Conditions.
    – Submitting your music: you can only submit your music to our team via a streaming service like Spotify, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube etc. You can share a playlist created specifically for the contest or an entire album, but your streaming link must contain at least 3 original
    tracks. Profiles submitting less than 3 tracks will be discarded and disqualified. If you link to stream an entire album, please indicate in the "comments" field of the application form your 3 top songs. Please check the sharing settings of your tracks. You can submit hidden or not listed tracks, but you can't sumbit totally private tracks, otherwise we will not have the chance to listen to them. We will not spread your music. Your submitted tracks will remain confidential and they will be streamed by our team only for the purposes of this competition.
    No optional stuff! Let the music talk for you.
    If you win, we will ask you to send us bio, photos, technical details, stage plan and more. But in this first selection phase all that optional material is considered as marginal and superfluous. We want to focus on your music.
    We listen to all tracks that are submitted to us. The method of judging shall be solely within the discretion of our team and all decisions of Ypsigrock Festival booking directors are final. Ypsigrock Festival reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest, reject any entry, or make any revisions to the official rules as we deem necessary. Winners will be selected at our discretion based on the quality of the submissions. We'll select the winners of the competition, using the following guidelines to judge the submitted applications: recognised quality in terms of originality, creativity, entertainment quality, and suitability to be included in Ypsigrock Festival 2019's lineup.
    A maximum of 2 winners will be selected and usually there are so many sumbmissions, so if you are not chosen for this edition this does not necessarily mean that we don't appreciate your music: keep persisting, try again next year!
    Winning entries will be announced by the end of May 2019. The competition winners will be formally notified by e-mail. Only winners will be contacted and if they don't respond within 3 days, the organization may select additional reserve winners to replace them, we reserve the right to draw another winner or not.
    The shows of the winners are planned at Ypsigrock Festival 2019 on Thursday 8th August (free entry) and will be included in the official lineup. The organization reserves the right to make reasonable changes, updating slots and day of performance due to unexpected logistic issues.
    The adding to Ypsigrock 2019 lineup will be appropriately communicated and promoted through all of our communication materials and activities.
    The winners will be awarded with 3-day passes (a full festival ticket for each band member) + Hotel accommodation valid for 1 night + backstage catering on 8th August + free drinks cards.
    For more info about Ypsigrock Festival please visit the website
    For urgent enquiries about “Avanti il Prossimo…2019” Talent Competition please write us.
    Please note: for "urgent enquiries" we don't mean the confirmation emails, arrived in the spam folder, that you have not yet checked. P.S. check-it 🙂
  10. FUTURE
    They say “Avanti il Prossimo…” Competition become a lucky step to talented artists. And we're goanna go out on a limb and guess if you win you will become more famous than George Michael.