Ypsigrock Festival will take place from the 10th to the 13th of August 2017 for its 21st edition at its stunning location: the imposing Castle of Castelbuono, in Sicily, Italy. The charming venue takes you back in time, inside the medieval town, nestled between the Madonie Mountains and the sea on Sicily’s north coast. Established in 1997, Ypsigrock Festival has earned a reputation as one of the most suggestive European boutique festivals. And in it’s 21st year, Ypsigrock has been selected among 10 international festivals on the Best Small Festival shortlist of the European Festival Awards 2017, held at Eurosonic, Groningen.
As usual the first day of the event (August 10) will be dedicated to the opening of the campsite, with its welcome party free entry and the collateral events (exhibitions, djsets, etc). The live shows are scheduled from 11 to 13 August, starting from the late afternoon. The stages at Ypsigrock Festival are 4, but they don’t play at the same time, so each band performs without clashes on 3 days.
Ypsigrock Festival is an enchanted pocket sized event turned out to be the benchmark for addicted indie-rock lovers. Ypsigrock is a choice of quality and it differs, cause it mixes up several charming aspects of a music festival with an exclusive location.
Ypsigrock’s stages are located all around the picturesque Sicilian mountain town of Castelbuono.
The main stage, the Ypsi Once Stage, is set in a truly breathtaking square, a natural amphitheater shaded by the impressive Castle of Castelbuono and the lovely town is crowded by thousands of festivalgoers.
Piazza San Francesco encloses the wonderful eighteenth-century cloister that embraces the Ypsi & Love Stage, the second stage of the Festival.
The fourth stage is the Mr. Y Stage, at the Centro Sud, a deconsecrated baroque church in Castelbuono, the mostintimate stage during Ypsigrock.
The strong reputation for its varied line-ups led to being awarded as the best festival 2015 at the Italian On Stage Awards. The festival puts a lot of its effort into the artistic programming and the integration into the local culture, the unique Sicilian cuisine and world famous wines.
Over the years Ypsigrock has been bringing the best musical artists to Sicily including Editors, Mogwai, Daughter, Savages, Moderat, Battles,Metronomy, Primal Scream, Future Islands, Caribou, Belle & Sebastian,Dinosaur Jr., Mudhoney, together with up and coming international and Italian talent.
Furthermore Ypsigrock welcomed the Italian debuts of Jon Hopkins, Alt-J, SOHN, Django Django, Hinds, Fat White Family, among others.
Prepare your trip
The equipped camping area Ypsicamping where is set the Cuzzocrea Stage is located inside Madonie National Park, a spectacular naturalarea in the middle of the green woods that surround Castelbuono. Ypsicamping is a fantastic place where it’s possible to join the Festivalin a friendly and absolutely relaxed atmosphere.
The festival features a camping site in a umbrageous pine-wood, while Castelbuono also offers various types of accommodation, from b&bs, agriturismos, to five-star hotels.
Getting to Castelbuono means discovering the inner heart of the most unknown Sicily: an unexpected journey through artistic, natural and cultural beauty, essential statements of the genuine Made in Italy.
Ypsigrock Festival is also the best chance for a great vacation destination in the summer, completely lost among several Mediterranean’s undiscovered jewels: Cefalù’s marvelous sands, Pollina’s rocky shores with transparent sea and Madonie’s incredible peaks, all from the extraordinary panoramic position of Castelbuono,affording a magnificent view of a land rich in charm, decorated with athousand colours and enriched by delicious cuisine.
Every year Ypsigrock Festival brings in Sicily, usually for the first time ever, a wonderful selection of international artists, in a timeless and incredible spot.
It’s difficult to find a better place for people with a steady cultural, natural and musical attitude.
Find out Ypsigrock and discover the unexpected Sicily!