Phil Manzanera Forms Supergroup with Paul Simonon and Others for Italian Mega Festival

One of Italy’s best kept secrets, La Notte della Taranta, goes International.
Publish date:
Updated on

A stellar line-up of international artists was announced today for the 17th annual La Notte della Taranta to be held in Salento, Italy on Saturday, August 22.

La Notte della Taranta is a free open-air concert that attracts over 150,000 fans. The concert will take place in the small village of Melpignano, in the beautiful Salento area of Southern Italy, the home of pizzica music, which forms the core of the concert repertoire. Previous Maestro Concertatores include Ludovico Einaudi, Stewart Copeland and Goran Bregovic.

This year, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera is Maestro Concertatore, and the performing artists include Paul Simonon, best known as bass guitarist for seminal punk rock band, The Clash, Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, Italian rock superstar Ligabue, guitarist and lead singer with Colombian Los Aterciopelados Andrea Echeverri, and Anna Phoebe, London-based violinist of Trans-Siberian Orchestra fame.

"I'm delighted that La Notte della Taranta has attracted such wonderful artists," says Phil Manzanera. "I’m hoping that this year, all of us performing can ensure that one of Italy’s best kept secrets, reaches a wider international audience."

Paul Simonon sang praises for drummer Tony Allen, with whom he collaborated on The Good, The Bad & The Queen. Notably, the album debuted at #2on the UK Albums Chart and went gold soon after. "Tony Allen was described by Brian Eno as 'perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived,' says Paul Simonon. "And Fela Kuti said, 'without Tony Allen there would be no Afrobeat music.' 

Italian rock royalty, Ligabue, who regularly sells out stadiums of over 80,000 fans, will make his debut performance with La Notte della Taranta. Andrea Echeverri, an acclaimed and Grammy-nominated Colombian singer and guitarist, will also perform, also with Anna Phoebe, a London-based violinist, who previously toured with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Flamenco guitarist Raul Rodriquez, known for bringing Tres Flamenco, a variation of the Tres Cubano, to the flamenco world, has also been added to the bill.

For more information on La Notte della Taranta, go here