Ypsi & Love
Ypsigrock – General overview
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 24th edition of Ypsigrock Festival (originally planned for 6th-9th August 2020) is postponed to 5th-8th August 2021, at its stunning location: the imposing Castle of Castelbuono, in Sicily, Italy. (BUY TICKETS HERE)
THE FIRST ITALIAN BOUTIQUE FESTIVAL
The charming venue takes you back in time, inside the medieval hill 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 not only being Italy’s leading indie festival and the first boutique festival in Italy, but also one of the most suggestive European small festivals.
In 2019 Ypsigrock has been nominated for the Best Small European Festival award, for the eighth time in a row since 2011, at the European Festival Awards, the most influential European festival award ceremony, held at Eurosonic, Groningen. Ypsigrock is the only one festival from Italy that’s ever been shortlisted at the EFA (2016, 2018).
The strong reputation for its varied line-ups led to being awarded as the best festival 2015 at the Italian Onstage Awards and as Best Independent Italian Festival 2018 at the Superclassifica MEI.
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.
Ypsigrock Festival is an enchanting pocket sized event of about 3000 visitors per day turned out to be the benchmark for addicted indie-rock lovers, in Italy and abroad, gaining raving reviews and coverage from the most renowned international medias such as The Independent, The Guardian, Pitchfork, The Times, DIY, the 405, Clash, Drowned in Sound, Gigwise and many more.
Despited of the select and exclusiveness of the event due to is max capacity and location, it is in itself a tastemaker festival for Italy, with a distinct capillary national and more and more international communication and media awareness.
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Ypsigrock is a choice of quality and it can feel totally surreal, because it mixes up several charming aspects of a cool music festival with an exclusive location and an intimate atmosphere. Ypsigrock is characterized by a safe and supportive environment, social inclusion, outstanding gastronomy and stunning surroundings, providing an unexpected Sicilian experience. All that just 90 minutes from Palermo’s airport, and 20 minutes to the nearest beach.
The good vibes are palpable and the energy is glowing. In this state, there’s nothing better than standing in the middle of hundreds of Ypsini (the Ypsigrock festivalgoers) and looking over your shoulder to see new friends experiencing the same insane moment alongside you.
From planning to attending, at Ypsigrock everything is an adventure and funding new friends transforms your festival experience into a shared sonic experience. So, this event allows everyone to come together and have fun, but it is also a great chance to discover what the local community has to offer.
The Festival is run by Castelbuono’s Cultural Association Glenn Gould, supported by ca. 80 local volunteers every year, giving a unique positive persepective for locals as well as on the territory itself.
Ypsigrock was fast building a name as music tastemaker before landing some major coups, including booking the likes of Alt-J, AURORA and Jon Hopkins; this also happened to be their debut live performance in Italy. Other artists to grace the stages of Ypsigrock Festival in recent years and bought over to Italy for the first time include Django Django, Fontaines D.C., SOHN, Hinds, Loyle Carner, Fat White Family, Aldous Harding, to name but a few.
Over the years Ypsigrock Festival has been home to indie-rock’s greatest artists including The National, Spiritualized, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Editors, Mogwai, Beach House, Daughter, Moderat, Belle & Sebastian, Primal Scream, Ride, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Caribou, Dinosaur Jr., Mudhoney, Cigarettes After Sex among others, together with up and coming international and Italian talent. But most importantly every act can play at Ypsigrock only once in lifetime! It’s the iconic “Ypsi Once rule”.
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.
The festival features a camping site in an umbrageous pine-wood, while Castelbuono also offers various types of accommodation, from b&bs, agriturismo, 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 a thousand colours and enriched by delicious cuisine.
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.
STAGES AND VENUES
Ypsigrock’s stages are located all around the picturesque Sicilian hill town of Castelbuono.
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.
Piazza San Francesco encloses the wonderful eighteenth-century cloister that embraces the Ypsi & Love Stage, the second stage of the Festival.
The third stage is called Cuzzocrea Stage and it is set in the camping area in the middle of a wonderful pine forest in the woods.
The fourth stage is the Mr. Y Stage, at the Centro Sud, a deconsecrated baroque church in Castelbuono, the mostintimate stage during Ypsigrock.
The equipped camping area Ypsicamping is located inside The Madonie Regional Park, a spectacular natural area in the middle of the green woods that surround Castelbuono. Ypsicamping is a fantastic place where it’s possible to join the Festival in a friendly and absolutely relaxed atmosphere.
The scenic beauty of this natural area is such as to have it preferred to other closer areas: the campsite is located about 6.5 km from the main concert venues. Directly in contact with nature you can spend your days relaxing and listening good music: the nights are animated by fantastic electronic live sets and dj sets, and in the early morning returns the absolute peace, waiting for the afternoon live sets.
Ypsicamping – more info here.
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