Preview: Place to Be (Dice TV; Wednesday 9th September to Wednesday 23rd September 2020)

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Two of the few positive aspects of these online streaming events times are the opportunity to “visit” and/or discover stunning locations and the way (quality) music thoroughly marries with them.

Since the beginning of lockdowns around the world and consequently, the proliferation of virtual shows, we have enjoyed performances in some almost unreal settings (here’s an example…and here’s another one).

Place to Be, a free-to-attend initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and organised by the Italian Music Festivals Association with the advice and support, among the others, of Denis Longhi (Jazz:Re:Found) and Raffaele Costantino (DJ Khalab, Hyperjazz Records and much more), fully fits into this category. Starting tomorrow and also going online on the following two Wednesdays (16th and 23rd of September), the music series will match up some of the most representative and hyped names of the new Italian music scene with three “postcard” spots across the Peninsula.

The surreal “dying city” of Civita di Bagnoregio will host tomorrow’s event featuring harpist Kety Fusco and global beats DJ and producer Clap! Clap!. The Tuscan-born musicians will play in between the abandoned alleyways of Central Italy, as inspiring as the crumbling old town, which has become a tourist hotspot in the last few years.

Next Wednesday, 16 September, Place to Be will move to Apulia at the Scavi di Egnazia near Brindisi. There, on the archaeological site surrounded by the ruins of a town inhabited since the Bronze Age (15th century BC), Milano-based outfit Calibro 35 will set free their atmospheric and rarefied psychedelic funk.

Finally, on Wednesday 23rd, Neapolitan neo-funk “preachers” Nu Guinea will spread their fervent and exuberant word and beats across the scenic vineyard-covered hills of Monferrato, with a DJ-set supported by live keys.

From tomorrow, don’t miss  the unique opportunity to visit Italy through music offered by Place to Be. Book your ticket, sit back in front of your laptop/desktop and savour sounds and scenery from the Peninsula.

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