Summer in Switzerland's south wouldn't be the same without the Moon and Stars Festival. The annual open-air concert series celebrates live music under the starry sky.
Like fireflies to the light, Moon and Stars regularly brings music lovers to the charming Piazza Grande square in Locarno. The festival has been around for over 20 years and has become integral to Ticino's cultural scene.
We particularly love the concert stage setting: it is on a giant open-air plaza surrounded by colorful buildings. This is the perfect place to soak up Mediterranean summer vibes on a cloudless night with still-moderate Ticino temperatures.
The Moon and Stars concert series in Locarno covers mainly Pop and Rock genres with a focus on Italian-speaking acts. In 2023, there will be 10 concerts.
1. A stellar lineup of acts OneRepublic, Peter Maffay, Gölä, Eros Ramazzotti, and Joss Stone are some of the acts headlining this year's concert series.
2. Beautiful stage design One of the defining features of the event is the stunning stage design inspired by the festival's celestial themes. The stage is illuminated by thousands of lights and is framed by the beautiful mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Maggiore.
3. Foodie heaven Some 20 food trucks line the Food & Music Street connecting Piazza Grande and the lake. You'll get to eat your way around the world while watching spontaneous live gigs.
FAQs about the Moon and Stars Music Festival 🎸
When does the Moon and Stars Festival take place?
The Moon and Stars Festival is a staple in the cultural agenda of Ticino. It takes place during 10 days every July. The 2023 edition will take place from July 13 to 23, 2023.
What kind of music is performed at the festival?
The festival features a diverse lineup of Pop and Rock acts. Given its location just a stone's throw from Italy, there are always some Italian-speaking singers in any given lineup.
Where is the Moon and Stars festival held?
The festival is held in the heart of Locarno's old town on a square called Piazza Grande. The location is very close from the banks of Lake Maggiore - and within easy walking distance from the train station.
Are there foods and drinks available at the festival?
No worries! The festival features an aptly-named Food & Music Street with some 20 food trucks offering specialties from all over the world and numerous bars serving refreshing drinks.
Is the festival suitable for all ages?
Yes, but to enter the festival, children under the age of 16 must be with an adult. While you might want to think twice about bringing the little ones to a loud late-night concert, tickets for children under the age of eight are just five francs at the festival information booth. We recommend purchasing tickets early at Ticketcorner as they tend to sell out fast.
Our verdict about Moon and Stars 2023 🌝
This July, don't miss the chance to soak up some serious Mediterranean summer vibes. At the Moon and Stars Festival, you'll be close to the stars on stage while swaying to the beat under the moonlit sky. Then, in the middle of the night, simply walk back to your hotel. We've done it several times in the past and wouldn't want to miss the experience!
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