ENGLISH VERSION

FESTIVAL BEAT 24 -Battle of the Bands
Salsomaggiore Terme(Parma)Italy
JUNE 29-30 JULY 1-2-3
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SUONI ANTICHI CHE NON INVECCHIANO MAI… 24 EDITIONS OF THE FESTIVAL BEAT
We were convinced that we’d reached an almost impossible milestone back in 2011 when we presented a book telling the story of the eighteen previous editions of the Festival. Almost. You see, this was followed by another edition, then another… and then yet another. And so to number 24, this year’s edition. Amazing, eh?
Perhaps we take for granted the miracle that is repeated every year between the end of June and the first few days of July in the vibrant town of Salsomaggiore. However, it’s only fair to remember that we owe this annual opportunity to let our hair down for a week and engross ourselves in a microcosm of sounds, colours, good vibrations (and, last but not least, friendship) to a group of friends who refuse to give up, in the face of a multitude of problems and difficulties. Of course, passion on its own wouldn’t be enough… but they can call upon an almost religious patience and the lengthy experience they have accumulated year after year.
This year they’ve served up some genuine garage-punk legends such as the Nomads, the Sick Rose and the Strollers, big shots like Kid Congo Powers (I hope nobody dares to say “Who?”: he was the guitarist of the Cramps, the Gun Club and the Bad Seeds… confound your ignorance!), and some fabulous newcomers such as the Allah-Las, who will be flying directly from Los Angeles to the Festival Beat for their only concert in Italy. That’s just a taster: the biggest names, but not necessarily the best. Because, as usual, the key to the Festival Beat is its variety. And if an event that has always been about passion and voluntary endeavour (a perfect example of the “do it yourself” approach to life) has managed to survive the invention of the mobile phone, the Millennium Bug, music stored on USB memory sticks, the economic crisis and the customary series of league championships won by Juventus… well, there has to be a pretty good explanation. Perhaps it’s that beat music, in all its various forms, represents an antidote to old age and the various problems that come with it. Or perhaps, more mundanely, it’s because it’s wonderful to pretend, just for a week, that these issues simply do not exist. It’s what we’ve been doing for the last 24 years, thanks to the Festival Beat.
The quarter-century landmark is just a short step away, but there’ll be plenty of time to worry about that next year. For the moment, let’s dive head first into Festival Beat number 24 in the safe knowledge that we’ll already be missing it on the night of Sunday 3rd July, when the curtain comes down on the 2016 edition. We’ve grown used to it: it comes along every year… and good job too!

SHUTTLE BUS
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd of July
From Salsomaggiore Terme to AreaLive Ponte Ghiara
EVERY 45min
First Run from Parking Viale Del Lavoro(in front of Piscina Leoni) at 8pm
Last Run from AreaLive to Salsomaggiore Terme at 6am

AreaLive Ponteghiara-Ven 1 e Sab 2 Luglio
Presentatore-Anchorman-Voce narrante
L’unico ed inimitabile:
DOCTOR FEELGOOD
Virgin Radio Speaker&DJ

-MERCOLEDI’ 29 Giugno-
H 18.30
Mad Cafè-Salsomaggiore Terme
Viale Romagnosi 5
Start in the City
Party with Festival Beat Dj Crew
Fiat 500 Drive-in
H 22.00
Mad Cafè – Viale Romagnosi 5
Live and drink competition with
I RUDI (It)
-This trio has just released a simple, fresh-sounding album that combines beat, the mod sound and ska. They don’t have a guitarist: just keyboards, bass and drums. And vocal harmonies that re-evoke the Spencer Davis Group, the Jam and those cult heroes that went by the name of the Prisoners. Indeed, the Rudi pay tribute to Graham Day’s band with a cover of Melanie, and that alone would be reason enough to adore them. But once you’ve seen their live show, you’ll appreciate them even more.

H 23.30
Allnight Party
Festival Beat Djs Crew
Amici Miei Pub
Via Parma. 72
Salsomaggiore Terme

-GIOVEDI’ 30 Giugno-
H 14.30-18.00
POOL PARTY
Piscina Leoni-Viale Del Lavoro, 2
with Festival Beat Dj Crew

H 18.00
Mad Cafè
MAD BEATLE BOOTS Race

H 21.30 Area Solarium, Piscina Leoni-Free Entry
BRADIPOS IV (IT)
-A full 18 years after their first performance at the Festival Beat (way back in 1998!), the Bradipos IV from Caserta return to the scene of the crime with greater drive and motivation than ever. Their garage-surf music has stood the test of time, and it sounds every bit as fresh as it did at the beginning. On the Piscina Leoni stage, this band will give ample evidence that the sound of the Ventures and the Surfaris is quite capable of deceiving the calendar and getting people dancing. A miracle that shows no sign of going away: welcome back, Bradipos IV!

H 22.30
MFC CHICKEN (UK)
-Their sound is somewhere between the late-fifties and the mid-sixties; all-instrumental, with a rotgut sax and keyboards that drill inside your brain. Their attitude is that of the archetypal party band, capable of transforming a normal shindig into one of Dante’s “circles”. With a lineup that includes familiar faces from the English garage scene such as Reverend Parsley, MFC Chicken are playing the sort of music in 2016 that got rebellious teenagers dancing in 1963… and they do it by the letter. How could we possibly have excluded them from the Festival Beat roster?

H 23.30
Allnight Party
La società Psychedelica
Dj Henry & DaveMojo
Amici Miei Pub
Via Parma. 72
Salsomaggiore Terme

-VENERDI’ 1 LUGLIO-
H 14.30
POOL PARTY
Piscina Leoni-Viale Del Lavoro, 2
with Festival Beat Dj Crew
H 17.30
Cafè Desiree-Largo Roma
Aperitiv with Monogawa Dj Crew(Cesena)
Talkin’ about Books

H 18.00
Devil’s Den Pub-Viale Patrioti
Free Entry
Live:
CUT (Italia)

AreaLive PONTE GHIARA-
(3km far from Salsomaggiore Terme
Shuttle Bus service every 45min)
Open Door 7.30pm
Entry 15euro(tickets at the door)

First set start 9.30pm
ROLANDO BRUNO(ARG)
-Rolando Bruno… what a character! You’d think he’d just come out of a South American B-movie of the sixties! In reality, he’s a charming, modern day madman who, armed with a guitar sound laden with tremolo and psychedelic effects, takes us back to 1968 and the powerful colours of the time, combining Link Wray, the Third Bardo of Five Years Ahead Of My Time and the Cramps at their most comic-oriented. See him and dance to his music.

start 10.00pm
LOS RETROVISORES(SP)
-The illegitimate sons of Bruno Lomas and the most dance-oriented sixties soul-R&B bands, Los Retrovisores are the perfect band for the perfect party. They’ve got an abundance of dash, they play and dance with smiles on their faces, and the organ and guitars are complemented by a dynamic horn section. People in Barcelona know how to enjoy themselves, and Los Retrovisores will be at the Festival Beat to illustrate just that.

start 11.00pm
THE STROLLERS(SWE)
-If the Nomads were the pioneers of the eighties garage revival, the Strollers are their natural successors. During the nineties, when the genre appeared to be in permanent decline, the Strollers managed to revive it with records that featured their aggressive Farfisa sound. 100% sixties, perfect for those of you who expect the Festival Beat to present groups that display maximum precision in their projects of “reconstruction”. And splendid albums such as Captain Of My Ship suggest that their mission has been successful. From Sweden, 24 carat garage.

start 12.00pm
ALLAH-LAS(USA)
-A band like this could only come out of Los Angeles. The Allah-Las are without doubt one of the premier sixties-oriented outfits of recent years. Everyone’s talking about them in the States, and their fame is now conquering Europe, thanks to a sound that brings to mind the marvels of Love and the Byrds. The two albums released to date are pearls of crystal clear folk-rock, with a few dashes of garage and the undeniable talent of musicians that use the inspiration of Arthur Lee and Gene Clark to create something that is remarkably current. Los Angeles 1967comes to Salsomaggiore 2016: don’t miss this opportunity to catch the Allah-Las, otherwise you’ll be very sorry indeed.

from 1.30am
Allnighter with Festival Beat Dj Crew

-SABATO 2 LUGLIO-
H 14.30
POOL PARTY
Piscina Leoni-Viale Del Lavoro, 2
with Festival Beat Dj Crew
Special Limbo Party with
Rolando Bruno and his Orchestra
H 17.30
Cafè Desiree-Largo Roma
Aperitiv with Monogawa Dj Crew(Cesena)
Talkin’ about Books
ITALIAN NIGHTCLUBBING (ed.Arcana)
con gli autori Alessandra Izzo e Tiziano Tarli
modera Gino Delledonne

H 18.00
Devil’s Den Pub-Viale Patrioti
Free Entry
Live:
TALL JUAN (Argentina/USA)

AreaLive PONTE GHIARA
(3km far from Salsomaggiore Terme
Shuttle Bus service every 45min)
Open Door 19.30
Entry 15euro(tickets at the door)

start 9.30pm first set
ELLI DE MON(IT)
-This young girl from the Venice area has no fear whatsoever: she gets up onstage, sits down behind the bass drum, straps on her guitar and pounds out her sparse, pain-stricken blues to an audience that she never fails to win over in the end. One of the best one-girl bands around. She may be young, but she is firmly-rooted in the past and in the Mississippi delta. Elli De Mon has the ability to take a genre that’s as old as the hills and update it to the present. No mean achievement!

start 10pm
THE SICK ROSE(IT)
-In terms of popularity and quality, who were the Nomads’ rivals in Europe in the mid-eighties? Simple: our very own Sick Rose. Hailing from Turin, they offered authentic thunderbolts of pure Texas garage-punk à la Zakary Thaks / Kenny & The Casuals. Explosive stuff for connoisseurs: the cream of the neo-sixties movement could be found in records like their debut album Faces, now 30 years old. A record that Luca Re and friends will showcase at the Festival Beat in a show that exemplifies garage music, with those vocals that remind you of sandpaper. An overdue celebration, and a performance that promises to be absolutely unforgettable.

start 11.00pm
KID CONGO and the PINK MONKEY BIRDS(USA)
-He was the guitarist (are you sitting down?) of the Cramps, the Gun Club and Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds. A living monument to the murkiest, most full-blooded rock’n’roll: ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Kid Congo Powers, backed by his Pink Monkey Birds. Well, he may well be a monument, but he’s quite capable of making his mark on the contemporary scene with essential albums such as the recent La Arana Es La Vida (released on In The Red, a true guarantee of quality). Punk, garage, reverb-drenched rock & roll, and the immense talent of a musician with a CV that is nothing short of unique. Not to be missed.

start 12.00pm
THE NOMADS(SWE)
-A garage-punk legend… nothing more, nothing less. It was back in 1983 when this Swedish band released Where The Wolf Bane Blooms, a milestone of mid-eighties garage music. Back then, only Scandinavia and Italy could even come close to the American garage scene, and the Nomads were on the cutting edge. Many years later, the band from Stockholm is still active, and they’re still convinced that there’s nothing better than a nice dose of fuzz to ignite a concert. We’ll see proof of this on the Festival Beat stage when none other than the legendary Nomads bring the Saturday evening to a close.

from 1.30am
Allnighter with Festival Beat Dj Crew

-DOMENICA 3 LUGLIO-
H 11.00 Mad Cafè
Ford Meeting 2016
Ritrovo colazione e partenza per giro in collina
Al ritorno pranzo per i partecipanti
alla Pizzeria Bel-Sit

H 14.30
Pool Party-Piscina Leoni-Viale Del Lavoro, 2
with Festival Beat Dj Crew

H 15 Mad Cafè
Ford Meeting 2016
con parcheggio auto nella via
e live con Rolando Bruno(Arg)
e Elli De Mon(IT)

H 21.00
Piazzale Brugnola-Salsomaggiore Terme
Free Entry-Live
SEXTRESS (Italia)
H 22.30
RADIO DAYS (Italia)

H 23.30
Allnight Party with
Festival Beat Djs Crew
Amici Miei Pub
Via Parma. 72
Salsomaggiore Terme

Dj Crew
LIAM WATSON(Toe Rag Studios-London)
KITTY & the BLONDE SHEIK(IT-FR)
RICCARDO IconOut(IT)
DAVID PETER(Dk)
GERRY GERMAN(Swiss from Switzerland)

-Pool party best Dj Team-
Lutz Raeuber(Ger)
Senor Pirsin(Spain)
Marco TraxelGer)

Salsomaggiore 28 giugno-2 luglio 2017