The 1st May Concert in Rome

Posted By: niccolo on April, 17 2014 in About Italy, Events, Rome, To see

concertoLabour Day is one of the most celebrated annual holidays in the world. It was established to honour the workers who fought for the rights that we today consider obvious and guaranteed, at least in the major part of western countries. The tradition in Rome is the “Concerto del 1° Maggio” which happens every year since 1990 and that we suggest you to see at least once in your life. Organized by the biggest Italian trade unions (CGIL, CISL e UIL) along with Roma’s municipality, it takes place in piazza San Giovanni.

During this day, the “eternal city” doesn’t look that old. The 1st May Concert is indeed mostly intended for young people which participate in many (between 600.000 and 800.000 each year). The concert is free, that’s why everybody can join the crowd staying there from the afternoon until late at night.

Unfortunately, with the current economic crisis, the organisers struggle to negotiate with the artists, the event being completely free and one of the most important in Italy. Nevertheless, they managed to get great Italian and some international artists in the previous years: Daniele Silvestri, Max Gazzè, Cristiano de Andrè, Subsonica, Caparezza, Elisa, Ennio Morricone, Samuele Bersani, Vasco Rossi, Asian Dub Foundation and so many others.

Always in this indie scene promotion state of mind, a contest for rising singers and groups called 1MFestival is also organised since last year. It occurs in 3 phases, the first is called WeWeb; the users could vote online to choose between 80 artists. Beside the popular vote, an official jury  gave its opinion to select the best of these numerous young bands.

Eight of them remained whom you’ll have the opportunity to see live on the 28 and 29 April at the Contestaccio Club in Rome for the WeLive phase. The three finalists will in the end exhibit during the 1st May Concert and will be then submitted to the vote of the audience per the last phase called WeFree. The winner will be revealed during the evening and will return on stage to conclude the concert.

Finally, a really original initiative should be mentioned which get the public to take part through new technologies: the Concert official app is available and allows people to shoot a 15-seconds video. The best ones will be chosen to be part of a movie directed by Stefano Vicario and called “One million eyes, baby”. This film will tell three fictional stories happening during the concert and seen through the eyes of the public. This “social-movie” experience organised for the first time in the Concert history will make, we hope, a great impression.

We therefore wait for you in Rome to celebrate the 1st May and if you can’t join, just remember that you can also follow the entire show on Rai 3 or Rai HD in live.

For more informations about the program, please visit

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