Gomez splinters and other wonders (indie-folk)
Ben Ottewell inaugurates the 2019 Hills Festival
40th edition: concerts, events, productions and an exhibition at the Stables of Poggio a Caiano
Wednesday 3 July 2019 - 9.30 pm - admission 5 euros
Church of Bonistallo - Poggio a Caiano (Prato)
The edition number 40 of the Festival delle Colline opens on Wednesday 3 July with the deep voice and the folk character of Ben Ottewell, a miracle of festivals that from the end of the '70s illuminates Poggio a Caiano and the hills of Prato with performances outright from every mainstream.
Appointment in the garden of the Church of Bonistallo (at 9 pm - Poggio a Caiano - Prato) the ticket costs only 5 euros and in return you will see one of the main songwriters of the British indie-folk scene.
Co-founder and leader of the Gomez, Ben Ottewell has a baritone stamp that brings him closer to Ray Lamontagne and Eddie Vedder. Author of three records in six years for ATO Records, Ottewell arrives in Italy to let us hear, in an acoustic version, the latest work "A Man Apart", even if the epic deeds of the Gomez epic are not missing in the lineup.
"A Man Apart" follows in the wake of the previous "Rattlebag" and revises many ideas of the Gomez. The inspired voice of Ben Ottewell is combined with folk-rock and brit-pop, Americana and blues. The States seen from the United Kingdom are a mix of soft sounds on which joys and nostalgia lie.
Ben Ottewell's solo projects are widely effective even in the acoustic version, where he expresses great emotionality and charisma, remembering not a little poetry by Nick Drake.
The Texan singer Vanessa Peters opens the evening.
Before the concert do not miss the exhibition "40 years of Hills" by Fabio Fantini, at the Medici Stables of Poggio a Caiano (from Wednesday to Sunday - hours 10/13 - 14: 30/19 - until 26 July): posters, photos, videos and historical documents of a courageous and enterprising festival, where John Cale and Diamanda Galas, Robert Fripp and Carolyn Carlson, Sonic Youth and Ali Farka Toure, Alessandro Baricco and Marco Paolini, Billy Bragg , CSI. Free admission.
The protagonists of this 40th edition will be the highly enlightened minds of independent rock / folk such as the Dinosaur Jr. J Mascis and Ben Ottewell by Gomez, as well as a pillar of the Italian singer-songwriter such as Fabio Concato. In the city that hosts the second largest Chinese community in Italy, the original 2019 production will be dedicated to the new generations of Chinese artists: two days of music, workshops, docu-films with free admission.
Complete program www.festivaldellecolline.com .
Festival delle Colline 2019 is organized by the Municipality of Poggio a Caiano in collaboration with the Municipalities of Prato and Carmignano.
Single place 5 euros
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