10 summer music festivals where architecture is the protagonist

From the lobby of a Soviet hotel in Poland to the igloos in the Austrian mountains, 10 musical events where the location is as important as the music. We listed the most peculiar of this post-pandemic summer, featuring some of the most unique architectures and scenarios in the world.

The familiar imagery of summer music festivals made of Wellington boots sunk in the mud of the English countryside and revellers headbanging their rain-soaked hair in unison like metronomes appears outdated today. 

The festivals born during the Summer of Love of the Sixties as a counter-cultural and diy urgency, have evolved over time becoming establishments capable of offering full-catered experiences for an increasingly demanding public, which often loves to combine their passion for music with the opportunity of an exotic and unusual holiday.

Their success doesn’t only involve an eye for the line-up but also for the locations: an instrumental factor for the development of festivals as an experience able to touch the audience on multiple levels.

Therefore, many and different are the events that have arisen over the last twenty years that make architectural and landscape research a core feature of their programme. Covid-19 had imposed a hiatus, but for many this is the year of the great comeback, even if limited to some areas of the globe – Asia and Africa, for example, are still on hold. 

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