Some of the MustLoveFestivals team headed to Puglia last summer to check out many of the best festivals in the region, which were all very different from each other and from what you’ll find in other countries.
I travelled to two of those festivals, an intimate jazz festival called Locus, and a food festival called Mercatino del Gusto that takes over the streets of a whole town. Today we’re sharing the video I made from Locus festival to show you what travelling to Puglia for world-class jazz looks like.
Locus festival is an annual celebration of jazz music, that runs over a couple of weeks in late July and early August. Based in the main square of the little town of Locorotondo, this completely free event featuring some very well known international artists always draws a crowd. This year I was lucky to see UK artist Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter with his band from the US playing on consecutive nights.
Locorotondo itself is a pretty network of old streets that wrap around the concert square, and it sits on a hill above the local area. From here you can see a few Trulli, the type of building which make nearby Alberobello so popular, while you enjoy a few drinks after the concert.
The video will show you snippets of their great performances, as well as how stunningly pretty the roadtrip we took in Puglia was. With some words spoken by Ashley Kahn in a talk about the Miles Davis album ‘A Kind Of Blue’, the video has lots of shots of Puglia’s own gorgeous kinds of blue. Enjoy.