February 4, 2019 Nostalgia Box: Festivalbar Nostalgia Box: Festivalbar
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Nostalgia Box: Festivalbar

Italian summer for excellence

By Carolina Guglielmetti

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How many people remember the Festivalbar as the soundtrack of their summer? Every year, with the warmth and photos on the beach, the show’s most beloved of all. Beginning in mid-June, were four, sometimes five bets, with stages in different Italian cities, to get to the grand finale at the Arena of Verona. When it started you knew very well that summer had begun!

Conceived by Vittorio Salvetti in 1964 as a simple race between Italian songs, it became in a short time an appointment that could not be renounced. The preferences of the audience were taken from the plays through the jukebox, scattered in the bars of all Italy (hence the name of the transmission). Each listening was detected with a “counter” inserted in the machine, the winner was decreed by the sum of the tokens entered.

Over the years the Festivalbar gains a TV space not indifferent: from its stage are launched the hits  and new talents. The double summer compilation is indispensable (we all remember the red and the blue) with the greatest successes. Big names passed to the festival? Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys, Kylie Minogue and Avril Lavigne. If we think of Italian music, an unforgettable young Cesare Cremonini, then in the Lunapop, who sings “Qualcosa di grande” (perfect synonym of the years 2000). Others like Jovanotti, Gemelli Diversi and Neffa, with his “Signorina”!

Among the presenters passed to the story, Gerry Scotti, Amadeus and the well-managed duo composed of Fiorello and Alessia Marcuzzi.

Light and summer show, the Festivalbar influenced the musical scenes, even after its decline in 2007. Unlike many today’s festivals and talent, the format was focused exclusively on music. Many, if not all, used the playback in their performances, but this has never hindered the simplicity and genuineness of the show.

Last year circulated on the net the news of a possible return, even gave himself for sure as conductor Daniele Bossari, veteran of the success of Grande Fratello. But as often happens to the most unexpected news, you are immediately disproved the whole. Many fans, indulding the voices, have hoped in vain.

There are still today, after years and years, Super catchmen able to rumble in the head insistently. Raise your hand who does not have a bit of nostalgia for those evenings with friends or family in front of the TV, waiting for the most engaging artist.

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