Pistoia Blues 2010

The Pistoia Blues Festival is one of the oldest music Festivals taking place in Tuscany in Italy. The first edition of the festival took place in 1980. Since then the greatest music artists have been staging in Pistoia: Muddy Waters, Dizzie Gillespie, John Lee Hooker, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, B.B. King, Blues Brothers, Santana, Bob Dylan, Deep Purple, Patti Smith (here you can find the complete list). In time the festival has been changing and began to include italian artists like Franco Battiato also extending the genres of music from "Blues" to "Hard Rock" artists like the ones performing in this year's edition. This year the Pistoia Blues Festival 2010 will take place from the 14th of July until the 18th of July in Pistoia's beautiful medioeval Duomo Square.

Festival Line Up:

Wednesday 14th July - from 6:30 pm PORCUPINE TREE (sole italian date) ANATHEMA (sole italian date) NORTH ATLANTIC OSCILLATION (sole italian date) Thursday 15th July - from 6:30 pm LABYRINTH HAMMERFALL (sole italian date) GAMMA RAY (sole italian date) QUEENSRYCHE (sole italian date) Friday 16th July - from 9 pm MARIO BIONDI Saturday 17th July - from 7 pm THE LAST STANDING & LEAN ON ME GOSPEL CHOIR BUDDY WHITTINGTON JAMES HUNTER DWEEZIL SAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA BUDDY GUY (sole italian date) MICAH P. HINSON @ Teatro Bolognini Sunday 18th July - from 7 pm FRANCESCO PIU SERGIO MONTALENI BAND CEDRIC BURNSIDE & LIGHTNIN MALCOLM THE ROBERT CRAY BAND (sole italian date) JIMMIE VAUGHAN FEAT LOU ANN BARTON


Prices varies from 34,50 euro to 40 euro (for one day). Two-days-tickets (14,15 July) Seated 69,00 € Standing up 57,50 € Two-days-tickets (17,18 July) Seated 69,00 € Standing up 57,50 € You can safely buy your tickets here.

How to get there:

By car: on the A1 (Milano-Roma) to Firenze Nord exit, then A11 towards Viareggio to Pistoia exit. By train: from Santa Maria Novella station in Florence, service Prato/Pistoia/Montecatini/Lucca to Pistoia stop. No car and no train?: try with some italian carpooling web sites www.tandemobility.com or www.carpoolworld.com (in English)

Where to stay:

Here the top 10 Hotels in Pistoia selected by Tripadvisor and here the top 10 Tripadvisor list of restaurants where to eat in Pistoia. Here the direct link to the Pistoia Blues Festival