57 unforgettable concerts, 25 food-trucks and 11 bars: the Moon & Stars Festival in Locarno was once again a successful experience in every sense. 55,000 music fans attended the concerts in Piazza Grande and altogether over 120,000 visitors have passed between Largo Zorzi and Piazza Grande in the 13 days of the event, which is an absolute record. Even more people have followed "the most beautiful festival of Switzerland" on social media: 2 million users have been reached on Instagram and Facebook.
The Moon & Stars 2018 brought top artists to Ticino, which for nine nights have thrilled the
55,000 visitors of the impressive stage of Piazza Grande. The Festival was opened with the great power and emotions by Anastacia and then followed by Nex, Max Pezzali and Francesco Renga. For rapper Bligg the stage was not enough, so he sang from a balcony overlooking the sold out Piazza Grande. Over 10,000 people on the same evening sang loudly with the Fantastischen Vier.
The Script, Rita Ora, James Arthur and Milky Chance were some of the big names on stage during this edition. Emotional moments were assured by James Blunt, Emeli Sandé and Adel Tawil.
Rock wasn't neglected at Moon & Stars with the Sunrise Avenue, Gianna Nannini and the Scorpions. And of course there was room also for national artists such as Hecht, Baschi and Pegasus. The artists have appreciated the unique setting of the historic center of Locarno just like their fans.
Thanks to the Food & Music Street located between the lake and Piazza Grande it has been possible to offer a culinary paradise each day.
During the 13 days 25 food-trucks with a variety of almost 100 dishes and 11 bars have fulfilled all the wishes of the 120000 visitors. The delicacies could also be savored during the concerts in "Piazza Piccola", on whose stage a total of 38 artists played their music making it one of the highlights for many visitors. All the concerts of the "Piazza Piccola" were free just like last year, including the opening concerts of the Italian stars Ricchi and Poveri and respectively the closing night with Nickless. Additional attractions such as fire eaters, jugglers and break dance dancers have made the wonderful summer evenings perfect.