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Villa Aperta Festival

June 3, 2011

The French Academy opens its doors to a series of night events to kick off the Roman summer

  • Text by Flavia Ferrucci

The suggestive and haunting setting of the Villa Medici, right in the heart of Rome, will host a three days festival dedicated to new sounds in contemporary music. A few minutes away from the Spanish steps of Piazza di Spagna, the spaces of the French Academy will let the visitors enjoy live sets and showcases of some of the most interesting bands around while the sun sets down on the city. On its second edition, 'Villa Aperta' aims to promote the latest generation of international artists to make a point of the electronic, indie-pop and rock music today.

On June 9 the festival will take off with two hip French bands playing in the garden, Pony Hoax and The Shoes. The second night will be curated by the Kitsunè label that will present two recently signed bands, the electronic act Logo and Housse De Racket who will showcase their upcoming sophomore album. The night will be closed by Kitsunè founder and super DJ Gildas Loaëc. On June 11, Metronomy will make their return to the Italian stages after two years, presenting their album, "The English Riviera". The closing night will also see His Clancyness aka Jonathan Clancy present his new album "Freight Trains", that was just released by Rome based label Keep It Yours Records.

Villa Aperta runs from June 9 to June 11 @

Accademia di Francia
Villa Medici, Roma

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