Umbria Rock Festival 2014

1st – 3rd August 2014





On 1st – 3rd August 2014 the picturesque valleys of Massa Martana, Italy will host the inaugural Umbria Rock Festival, a three day music and arts festival featuring a stellar line up of British dance, indie & rock legends.

Day one will be headlined by UK dance royalty Basement Jaxx, bringing their unique and spectacular live show to Umbria’s luscious landscapes. Peter Hook, founding member of seminal post-punk band Joy Division and electric rock pioneers New Order will also perform with his brilliant band The Light.

On day two, ‘The Modfather’ himself Paul Weller will take centre stage, giving festival goers the chance to witness an inimitable performance one of the best and most respected rock musicians in the world. Also headlining are indie rock gods The Charlatans
who over the course of their prolific career have hypnotised audiences worldwide. Universally respected Manchester band The Courteeners provide support.

The final day of the festival will play host to band of the moment The Kaiser Chiefs, performing tracks from their latest no.1 album along with all their hits. Indie heavyweights and Johnny Marr collaborators The Cribs will also wow the crowds and renaissance rockers James will perform new material as well as the classics for which they’re known.

Lead singer of James Tim Booth says of the festival:

"We are really looking forward to coming to play at Umbria Rock 2014. It's a while since we've been in Italy, so this is a great opportunity to showcase our new record, as well as some of our fans favourites. It's an honour to be part of this new festival, which I'm sure will be a massive success."

Organisers of the festival hope to capture some of the magic of Italy’s rich cultural history and fuse this with the UK’s rich rock heritage. Yashwant Bajaj, CEO and Director of Asha Music, says

The idea behind the festival is really an attempt to bridge the gap between Italians’ collective passion for music and art and the type of concert experiences currently available in Italy….we’re evoking 60s Italy and Britain for a reason. That was a time when both countries were at the centre of the universe in regards to culture and art, and I think Umbria Rock Festival is a way to breathe new life into that while uniting Italian natives, tourists and expats.”

Umbria Rock is situated amongst the mountain ranges just outside the ancient town of Massa Martana, one of the classic walled towns of central Italy, deep in the heart of a region known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, and influence on culture. The festival will be a special event bound to create life long memories for all who attend.