Moon&Stars is the music festival that brings the stars of pop, rock and rap, as well of tens of thousands of visitors, to Locarno. The festival’s Food&Music Street makes the atmosphere really special, with its bars, food trucks and plenty of completely free concerts. Moon&Stars is not just music and it’s not just a festival; it’s an experience to be lived to the max.
4 pm – A snack on Food&Music Street: after spending an afternoon amid the peace and quiet of the lake or pottering around the region, I always want to see a bit of life. Although the earliest Moon&Stars evening concerts start at 6 pm, the festival always has plenty more surprises in store.
There’s no doubt that music takes centre stage, but the Food&Music Street has become an unmissable attraction and gets into full swing from 4 pm. When the time comes, I set off for Largo Zorzi, right before Piazza Grande, which is literally taken over by people high on life. It might be because of the expectant diners peeking curiously at the menus displayed by the many food trucks, it might be because of the bunting and lights hanging over the road, or because of the chips (if you love them, you love them and there’s nothing you can do about it!) or the ice cream, but strolling through here as the street begins to fill up and the musicians start to appear on stage in Piazza Grande brings a rush of happiness, particularly when night falls and the fun gets serious.
Midnight – High in the sky: when night falls, even the Food&Music Street takes on a completely different appearance with a nightlife all of its own. It may just be a street, but when the festival is on it’s the liveliest place in town.
And there, in the background, the unmissable, bright Moon&Stars Ferris wheel stands out against the sky and the outline of the lake. For me, it’s like a moth to a flame, because it glitters in the night and is beautiful. But regardless of all this, there’s no doubt you have to go for a ride to complete the experience of this incredible festival and see the town and its lights from above, as well as the tiny people teeming in the streets. This is my Moon&Stars experience. And how do you spend your days during this fantastic music festival? Share your favourite moments on social media with #myasconalocarno and don't forget to tag us!