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Not Just Blues at the Pistoia Blues Festival

Music in triumph in the heart of Pistoia

As every year the city of Pistoia hosts its largest annual event, the Pistoia Blues Festival. The music festival, with artists of international renown, returns to vibrate the charming town this summer for 5 days starting on July 5th. The festival is in its 40th year and is organized by the city of Pistoia, the Tuscany Region and the Association Bluesin.

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Despite its many years of running, the festival is new every year, with new concerts and events. There are many artists scheduled for Pistoia Blues 2019 which will take place from July 5 to July 10 in Piazza Duomo. Months before, the event's Facebook page is constantly updated to launch new names and enrich the program!

Here is the calendar for 2019 - all in Piazza del Duomo, starting at either 9pm or 9:30pm:

Friday July 5 | Black Stone Cherry - Ana Popovic
+ Eric Bibb & Staffan Astner
+ Lambstone
+ Filippo Margheri

(free entrance)

Saturday July 6 | Thirty Seconds to Mars

Sunday July 7 | Robben Ford  - Eric Gales

Monday July 8 | Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Wednesday July 10 | Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

What do you think ?! I would say that the program can make anyone who loves music quite crazy!

There is a different price for every night, so check when you want to go. You can buy tickets both online on either TicketOne or TicketMaster. Check the official website to see the latest updates and to purchase tickets (links to the sites).

Are you planning your weekend or overnight stay in Pistoia for the Pistoia Blues?

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If you come from outside Pistoia and want to attend over a few nights of Pistoia Blues, I suggest you stay in the city. How about a hotel in the city center just minutes on foot from the concert, so you can enjoy the event fully? Or a farmhouse in the Tuscan hills or B&B in the mountains to enjoy nature? Check out lodgings in Pistoia and nearby here.

The town of Montecatini [about 15 km from Pistoia] also gears up for the event and, in fact, the P.A.M. [Hotel Association of Montecatini Terme] offers advantageous deals for all those who wish to stay in the area.

How to reach Pistoia

Read here for detailed information on how to arrive in Pistoia.

The notes and the rhythm of rock, blues and folk make Pistoia come alive so you really should not miss this event if you enjoy music! The city will be full of people from all over the world, the streets and squares will be colored by stalls [street food, drinks and markets of artisan and homemade items]. It will be the perfect time to enjoy summer in the city center. A nice cold beer, chatting with friends and the right amount of energy from the concert will have you experiencing Pistoia at its finest ever. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the night, get carried away by the sounds and let yourself be surrounded by the carefree atmosphere. The Pistoia Blues is every year but every year it is unique and not-to-be-missed!

There is still time for you to organize yourself, but don't wait, do it now and enjoy a pleasant evening or weekend in the city, Pistoia will surprise you! Carpe Diem :)

Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been more than 25 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. It didn't take long to learn that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.


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