Firenze Rocks 2019: All You Need To Know
Firenze Rocks is with no doubt one of the biggest music events of the summer in Tuscany and in Italy. Next June 2019, for the third time in a row, the Visarno Arena of Florence will host this great festival of rock music that in the past editions attracted thousands of fans coming from all over the country.
If you are living in Italy or traveling to Tuscany next June, and you have a passion for rock music and big outdoor festivals, I would not miss Firenze Rocks.
Thanks to amazing lineups, the past two editions were a great success with all tickets sold out in a few minutes. The stage of the Visarno Area hosted unforgettable performances of International bands and artists the likes of Aerosmith, Placebo, Eddie Vedder, System of A Down, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Foo Fighters and Guns N’ Roses. They all registered the sold out with fifty thousand people.
Photo Credits: Firenze Rocks Facebook Page
Firenze Rocks 2019, artists and dates.
Dates of 2019 edition of Firenze Rocks are the 13, 14, 15 and 16 June 2019. The location is the racecourse of the Ippodromo del Visarno inside the Cascine park along the right bank of the Arno river.
Now that headlines are confirmed and only a few artists have to be announced it seems that this 2019 edition will be a bit softer than the past. The big names already confirmed are Eddie Vedder, Ed Sheeran, The Cure, the Tool, and The Smashing Pumpkins.
The diehard fans of rock music complained in social networks very hard against this choice. Artists are not properly pure rock bands but for sure, they will liven up the massive crowd of Florence’s racecourse with unbelievable shows.
Here is the line up:
- 13th June: Tool + The Smashing Pumpkins + Dream Theater + Skindred + Bad Flowers
- 14th June: Ed Sheeran + Snow Patrol + Zara Larsson + Matt Simons
- 15th June: Eddie Vedder + Glen Hansard + more to be announced
- 16th June: The Cure + Sum 41 + Editors + more to be announced
Headline Artists at Firenze Rocks 2019
The American rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1990 will open the festival on Jun 13th for their unique date in Italy. Born as a heavy metal band, the Tool became part of the alternative metal movement. Today they are considered part of the progressive rock and psychedelic rock wave. So far, Tool sold more than 10 million albums and won 3 Grammy Awards. The new album seems to be released in 2019.
Along his 2019 run of European stadiums, the British singer and songwriter that sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, will perform three times in Italy, in Rome and Milan (already sold out) and finally in Florence. In the recent past, he also played a duet with the Tuscan music star Andrea Bocelli with the song Perfect Symphony that has been recorded in Forte dei Marmi at the villa of the Italian singer.
The frontline of the Pearl Jam returns to Florence after the great show of two years ago when 45 thousand people crowded the Visarno Arena (a record for Eddie’s successful career). His solo career started in 2007 when he won the Golden Globe with the song “Guaranteed” that is part of the soundtrack of the movie “Into the Wild”.
After two years from the last time, the Iconic English “post-punk” band comes back to Italy with a unique date in Florence. Robert Smith and its band, with more than 40 years of success behind, will close the Firenze Rocks Festival on Sunday 16 June with the notes of their major hits as the “scary” Lullaby, the melancholy Picture of you and the love song dedicated to Robert’s wife Just like heaven.
How to get to Firenze Rocks Festival
The Visarno Arena is located a little more than two kilometers from the central station of Santa Maria Novella, so it is very close to the historical center. Once in town, the use of public transport is highly recommended, especially the tramvia.
The stops to reach the Visarno Arena are “Cascine” and “Paolo Uccello”, just five minutes walking from the main entrance of the Arena. The day of the concert, the service runs until 2 am.
From Firenze SMN train station, take the Ataf 17c line buses towards Cascine and get off at the “Cascine” stop. Average journey time 15 minutes. The day of the concerts, the number and the frequency of all public transport services are increased.
You can directly reach the Visarno Arena by bus from many Italian cities, using the service of Eventinbus. The company organizes buses at a very competitive price.
The Arena is located in the center of Florence, so we strongly recommend using public transport. For those who reach Florence by car, we suggest to park in the surrounding of the Arena, as in the Isolotto area on the other bank of the river (and reach the Arena crossing the pedestrian bridge), or to use the car parks at the last stop the Tramvia “Villa Costanza in Scandicci Area.
You can easily reach Florence by train with Trenitalia or Italo trains during the day, in time for the event. The problem is that, depending on which city you come from, there are no night trains to bring you back home. In this case, you have to plan to stay at least one night in town.
For more info, visit the official website of Firenze Rocks here (Italian only).
Where to buy tickets for Firenze Rocks Festival
You can buy tickets for Firenze Rocks online. The official websites where buying them are ticketone.it and ticketmaster.it . You need to create your own account, choose the event, insert the number of tickets you wish to buy, the method of delivery between the shipment at home and the collection at the racecourse offices the day of the event, and the method of payment.
Went on sale at the beginning of October, all PIT 1 tickets (the ones closest to the stage) for Ed Sheeran and The Cure were sold out after only a few minutes. Even PIT 1 for the Tool went sold out in a few hours. Now, only the “General Admission” tickets left. Maybe during the next few months, more PIT1 could be sell, but it is not sure.
To buy tickets, I suggest you download the official APP of the festival on the App Store or on Google Play. Through the App, you can access the presale, which starts the day before the general sale.
For the date of 15th June with Eddie Vedder as the headline, tickets will be available starting from 11.00 am of February 4th through the APP (for 24 hours), then from Midday of February 5th on Ticketmaster and Tickeone.
Consider that all tickets, both PIT1 and GA, are standing room tickets. No seats available at the Visarno Arena for the festival.
I highly recommend you to avoid third parties sites that resell tickets to a price that is two or three times higher than real.
Firenze Rocks, Where to Stay
Here is a short list of accommodation for all budgets if you plan to stay in Florence during the festival:
- The Student Hotel TSH Florence Lavagnini: a brand new hostel with an amazing pool on the roof.
- B&B Hotel Firenze City Center: a comfortable three-star hotel, a few steps from the pedestrian area of Borgo La Croce.
- Hotel Palazzo Guadagni: on the other side of the Arno, in San Frediano, one of the most beloved areas by the Florentines.
- Hotel Milù: modern and classic furniture mixed together in the heart of Florence.
- Villa Cora: on the way to the Piazzale Michelangelo, a luxury five stars full of charm.
- St. Regis: spend your days in Florence in a building designed by the Maestro Brunelleschi.