Lucca Summer Festival
Tuscany in summer gives the best of itself, with long sunny days, the splendid sea where to dive in and then savour some fresh typical dishes, little villages rich in history and colours, and nature and its extraordinary landscapes at the height of their splendour! But Tuscany is also very engaged in organising cultural events, from art, literary, cinema and music.
The Lucca Summer Festival represents the main event in Tuscany, taking place every year in the historical centre of Lucca in Piazza Napoleone and boasting the presence of some of the most influential international artists of the current musical panorama. It starts normally at the end of June and it runs all July long. In case of special turnout of spectators sometimes it is preferred to use the football stadiums at Porta Elisa or Stadio dei Pini in Viareggio .
Some artists who will perform at the festival: Simply Red, Lionel Richie, Earth,Wind & Fire, Tome Jones, Van Morrison, Beth Hart, Bob Dylan , James Brown , Mark Knopfler ,Jamiroquai , Seal , Zucchero , Ray Charles , Eric Clapton , Elton John , Anastacia , Giorgia , Ennio Morricone and many other world known musicians.
On 5 July 2009 Dave Matthews Band gave a concert of over three and a half hours, the longest performance of his career.