by Ilaria Salerno and Susanna Giusto, plus a note from the Montecarlotimes’ publisher Ilio Masprone, Knight of the Principality of Monaco for cultural merits: “Throughout this article I am suggesting music fans to attend two events at first sight  extremely different: “Les Plages Electoniques Beach Festival” in Cannes – Cote d’Azur – France and the 2nd revival of the Neapolitan Song Festival “SanremocantaNapoli” in the close to Monaco city of Sanremo, West Liguria – Italy. I wish to say openly that these two events are not two detached worlds, as they are two worlds bound by the same feeling: emotion. While a modern electronic music listener may not be aware of the sonic echoes that resonated in the past and say: “Neapolitan music is boring; it is the past” he forgets that pop music has always acknowledged a great harmonic and melodic debt to its older across the centuries!”

So, save the dates 9-11 August and 24-28 September in your bucket list!

 LES PLAGES ELECTRONIQUE BEACH FESTIVAL IN CANNES: from 09 August at 14.30 to 11 August 2019 at 23.55, this fourteen edition of “Les Plages Electroniques” is the result of a series of challenges and collaborations that the Allover production team and Panda Events have achieved together with M. David Lisnard, the city of Cannes, the Paca Region, the council of the Department, the Prefecture and sub-prefecture of the Maritime Alps and, of course, the Palais des Festivals prestige.

After a 13th edition that concluded a dense and beautiful 2018, «Les Plages Electroniques» is confirmed as the biggest musical event of the South-East of France both for the spectators’ attendance and for the size and importance of his artists, attracting festival fans from all over the world come to sway on the fine sand of this mythical place, the Festival Palace Roof and its famous staircase steps scenery.


After hosting headliners like Kygo, The Avener, Synapson, Amelie Lens, Kölsch, Sven Väth, Major Lazor, Dj Feder and many more, this 14th edition promises once again an original program! Les Plages Electroniques Festival is more than 36,000 audience attending for 3 days of celebration; 40,000mq of dance floor; 4 scene settings; 40 invited artists; an early opening at 2.30 p.m. to allow to access in time at a sandy beach and a temperate sea; a Village Festival with food trucks, beauty corner, chill out space, fun and animations, like 600 “beach men” in buoys for the biggest Red Bull Open Water Party in the region, and three after party until 5:30 a.m. in the Rotunda of the Palais des Festivals which is transformed for the occasion into an ephemeral club accommodating more than 3000 “beach fans” to continue the party until late.

Let’s not even forget the program that will characterize the 3 days: Friday 09Aug 2019 at 2:00 p.m.: Polo & Pan, Meute, Solomun, Maceo Plex (Maetrik), Onyvaa, Oxia Adriatic, Maya Jane Coles, Nicolas Masseyeff, and Dorian Craft. – Tickets from 37.5€ to 53 € – Beach scene: Adriatique – Solomun – Terrace Scene: Meute. Saturday 10 August 2019 at 2:00 p.m.: Vladimir Cauchemar, Dj Snake, Todiefor, Zimmer, Mercer, Camelphat, Eagles & Butterflies, and Nico De Andrea. Tickets from 42.5€ to 48 € – Beach Scene: DJ Snake, Mercer, and Vladimir Cuachemar. Sunday 11 August 2019 at 2:00 p.m.: Orelsan, Maxenss, Mr Oizo, Malaa, Tchami, Ouai Stephane, Popo & Pan, and Kampire Tickets from 37.5€ to 53 € – Beach Scene: Orelsan, Tchami, Malaa – Terrace Scene: Popo & Pan. Since 2006, one of the biggest Beach Festival attracts visitors from the whole world, who come to have fun and party. This new one edition still promises great emotions, news and a 2019 program unpublished in the history of the Festival.


2nd EDITION OF “SANREMOCANTANAPOLI” FESTIVAL IN SANREMO, WEST LIGURIA: come and enjoy five memorable evenings from 24 to 28 September that will convey the Neapolitan language and style of two undisputed music capitals such as Sanremo and Naples! More than satisfied with the success of the first edition, which in the past year brought 300 new hotel hospitality to the worldwide famous City of flowers, this year the Patron aims even higher and will ensure the 2nd SanremoCantaNapoli even more successful than the first. The Municipality of Sanremo, the Department of Tourism and the General Management of the Casino are among the main supporters of the initiative. The final evenings will be broadcast on Italia 84 National Channel and live streaming on the Festivalnews Facebook page designed by  our fellow journalist and Social Network expert Tiziana Pavone.

The Suonno d’Ajere trio: Irene Scarpato (voice), Marcello Smigliante Gentile (mandolins) and Marco Libeccio (classic guitar)

This Open Neapolitan Festival has no age limit, as long as singers use the Neapolitan language and present their own unpublished song, as well as a published one useful to evaluate timbre, vocalisation, extension and personality traits. The 2018 winners invited to attend this second edition are the Suonno d’ajere Trio, Francesca Ferrara and Veronica Kirchamjer.

For the due transparency three Very Important Persons who have their preferred singers in the competition, the Maestros Enzo CampagnoliAdriano Pennino and the Napolitean singer and actress Lucia Cassini couldn’t be part of the Quality Jury 2019.

Lucia Cassini with the Festival Patron Ilio Masprone

Herby in alphabetical order the names chosen by the Jury 2019, which will be composed by Marinella Venegoni (La Stampa), Marino Bartoletti (Rai), Marco Simeoli (TV movie director) Franco Fasano (singer-songwriter), the Neapolitan singer Mario Maglione, and the Rai journalist Marino Bartoletti: Claudio Barroero from France, Michele Buonocore from Sangiorgio a Cremano, the great surprise, the Neapolitan “Brigands Band”Vincenzo Crescito well known throughout Belgium; from Sardinia Davide Deiana, a very well-known character on the island; Gennaro De Crescenzo and Anna De Simone, aka Anna Desy, both from Naples; Davide d’Ambrosio from Perugia, but born in Naples; Giovanna Fazi and Annalisa Ferretti from Aversa; Umberto Gentile from Zurich, Switzerland; the first to enroll, four stormy girls all pepper and music: “Le mille bolle blu-The Thousand Blue Bubbles” from Caserta; Maria Maccarone from Grigliano d’Aversa; the Neapolitan young boy Ciro Marra; the professional singer Alessia Moio from Macano-Naples; Alessandra Murolo and Daniela Prevete both from Naples; the charming Caterina Russo; Sara Speziale from Formia and finally the beautiful and talented Giusy Tuccillo from Casavatore-Naples. The music critic from Rai Uno, Dario Salvatori will intervene during the evenings to comment with the young artists on the choice for the finalist songs in Sanremo, together with the RAI journalist Massimo Proietto and the beautiful Neapolitan actress Miriam Candurro. 


One of the  most important news about this 2nd edition of “SanremoCantaNapoli” is that Michele Torpedine has decided to join the Team: the manager of many famous artists, like for instance the young tenors Trio named “Il Volo”, who are very popular worldwide also thanks to his assistance and wide experience in the field, will supervise the Song Competition. Also, Mr Torpedine will evaluate and choose some singers to be part of the 2021 Neapolitan Format, especially designed for the audience abroad! 

Left to right: Il Volo trio of Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto with their manager Michele Torpedine and the Festival Patron Ilio Masprone

The Festival will be animated by various side events, including the highly anticipated recital of the amazing singer of the Sixties Miranda Martino on Saturday at 9pm; the High Fashion Show that will tke place on the red carpet of the Casino staircase on Saturday at 5pm; Michele Torpedine will present his book “Ricomincio dai Tre” about “Il Volo” Trio on Thursday 25; a rich Farewell Aperitiv will follow on Friday 26 on invitation and registration like the evening that will close the Festival: the 2nd Grand Gala of the Neapolitan Song.


The Competition Festival “SanremoCantaNapoli” is looking for new sounds and new texts, but also scout some beautiful Neapolitan voices worth to get out of the regional boundaries, talents who otherwise risk being left in a purely regional context. On the contrary, we hope that for many of them this Festival Competition in Sanremo will remain not only a point of arrival, but also the start of a professional career of high national and international level. The Prizes: three scholarships of 1,000.00€ each to the three winners of equal merit, artistic works of the goldsmith Michele Affidato and beautiful paintings due to the international painter Gino Borlandi. 

As in 2018 Gino Borlandi will donate some beautiful paintings


The Neapolitan Festival, never before organized in Italy, was born in Sanremo in 1932; carried on successfully until 1934, it was then revived twenty years later in Naples in 1954. But the formula of a few days competition did not suit Naples, whose unforgettable songs had always achieved success in the streets of the city to spread in the world since the early twentieth century. When in the seventies the national record market impacted with foreign music, it began to ignore the Neapolitan production. Italian singers had to learn English and Spanish to outbreak the international record markets.


Instead, in today’s global era the SanremoCantaNapoli Competition Festival wishes to continue researching and experimenting, conveying the language and style of two undisputed music capitals such as Sanremo and Naples worldwide.



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