Milan capital of live music

Nearly 280 gigs from May to September

From rock to classical, from the Meazza (San Siro) stadium to the Teatro alla Scala, five months of high quality music in 278 performances in 22 locations around the city and five more in the metropolitan area. These are the numbers of this summer’s rich calendar of concerts and shows presented by city councillors Franco D’Alfonso responsible for tourism, and Filippo Del Corno, responsible for culture, this week.

From 26 May to 21 September Milan will offer 12 gigs by national and international stars, the rock “superconcerts” of the Alfa Romeo City Sound festival, the classics of the Pomeriggi Musicali (musical afternoons) of the Verdi orchestra, and much more. A full programme is available for downloading from the city website.

D’Alfonso said the programme had been designed to meet a growing demand for outdoor entertainment. “We’ve made full use of places like Piazza Affari, San Siro and the Ippodromo,” he said, “that provide suitable spaces, sound levels and services for this kind of event, and at the same time providing some relief for strongly residential areas like the Vigorelli velodrome. It’s a rich programme,” D’Alfonso concluded, “sweeping from rock to pop via selected classical music concerts that have put Milan on the map of the major international circuits and helped increase the city’s tourist attractions, above all in summer.”

City hall selected locations deemed suitable for shows and concerts attracting large audiences, including the Meazza Stadium, Piazza Duomo, Piazza del Cannone, Piazza Beccaria, Piazza Lombardia, Piazza Affari, Piazza Liberty, Largo Beltram, la Fabbrica del Vapore and the Galoppo and Trotto racetracks. At the same time, licences for events in high-density residential areas were reduced, such as Arco della Pace, Piazza Duca D’Aosta Piazza Santo Stefano, the “Ottagono" Gallery, Piazza Sant’Eustorgio, Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci, Cassina Anna and Cascina Monluè, the Civic Arena and Vigorelli velodrome.

The city administration also reviewed the sound-level limits for the various locations, with the San Siro stadium the only one permitted to reach 80 dB(A), and the others authorised to reach between 71 and 78 decibels. The permitted finishing time for events will also be set, depending on the day of the week: 01.00 for Fridays and the days preceding holidays or 24.00 for other working days and holidays. Licences will also be granted only to organisers prepared to pay a contribution to the extra costs of local police overtime and extra public transport to enable the public to get home from late concerts.

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