Ferragosto, the Italian public holiday on 15 August, is the perfect time to celebrate and have fun in the liveliest and most beautiful holiday destinations. One such destination is Olbia, where, this year, you can sing and dance under the stars to the sounds of your favourite songs at the Red Valley Festival.
To the cry of “For the people, for the music”, the biggest festival in Sardinia, and in Italy over Ferragosto, is back from 12 to 15 August 2023 in the large 13,000m2 venue of Olbia Arena. Given the success of the previous events, with three of the four nights sold out in 2022, make sure you buy your ticket right now for this unmissable event, as we have a feeling it’s going to be epic!
Festival guest performers
The most magical nights of summer 2023 await you at the Red Valley Festival: over 10 hours of music a day, 4 evenings of dancing and 1 big stage, the prestigious “Volcano Stage”, featuring a whole host of Italian and international acts to get you singing and dancing like never before.
The opening night of 12 August will star rapper Lazza, fresh from the huge success of his latest album and his second place at the 2023 Sanremo Music Festival with his song Cenere; for lovers of Italian rap, the excitement doesn’t end there: on the same evening, on the Red Valley stage, you can also see Guè, one of Italy’s most influential rappers.
Four more stars from the Italian hip hop scene will precede the performances of both artists: Emis Killa, Geolier, Paky and Rose Villain.
On the second night, 13 August, the headliner will be Pinguini Tattici Nucleari, the band that last year already made the crowd fall in love with the Olbia Arena, with their explosive show.
Before their performance, some of the most popular artists of the moment in Italy will take to the stage: Ernia, a singer-songwriter and rapper who in recent years has been climbing the charts with over 30 platinum discs, Madame, the most listened to singer-songwriter and rapper in Italy over recent years, and Shari, the young singer who recently took part in the 2023 Sanremo Music Festival.
On the 14th it will be the turn of Sfera Ebbasta, the trap star who holds the record of being the most listened to national artist over the last two years, and the American band Black Eyed Peas, winners of 6 Grammys and known for their huge dance-pop and alternative hip hop hits over the last twenty years.
The artists performing on the third evening, 14 August, will include Brazilian DJ and producer Alok, considered one of the world’s top DJs, as well as singer Mara Sattei.
The final evening will feature one of the world’s techno legends, Berlin’s Paul Kalkbrenner. For the 20,000 in the crowd at the Olbia Arena, it will be impossible not to move to the beat of his unforgettable hits, such as Sky and Sand.
The legendary hip-hop duo Articolo 31, the new queen of Italian pop Elodie, and singer-songwriter Tananai, who has got the whole of Italy singing with his very moving Sanremo song Tango, will be the other stars of the closing night at Red Valley, opened by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hu, and by the promising young Italian pop-punk artist Naska.
Tickets for Red Valley 2023
Tickets for individual days of the event can be purchased online from the Festival’s official website. For those wishing to attend on all four evenings (from 12 to 15 August 2023), Festival Full Passes are also on sale on the Red Valley official website.
The 2022 Red Valley Festival
After the long break due to Covid, the keenly awaited 2022 Red Valley Festival marked the return of a unique national event. A hugely exciting event which, with past high-calibre artists including Steve Aoki, Sean Paul, Salmo and many others, has enabled tens of thousands of people to enjoy some amazing music on the fabulous stage of the Olbia Arena.
Blanco, Fabri Fibra, Marracash, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Pinguini Tattici Nucleari were some of the acts performing at Red Valley 2022, firing up the Ferragosto nights in one of Sardinia’s most beautiful and popular destinations.
To relive the magic of Red Valley 2022, you can watch the docufilm “Red Valley: Siamo Quello Che Ascoltiamo” (We are what we listen to), available on Amazon Prime Video Italia. Directed by filmmaker Olmo Parenti, it revisits the highlights of the event and features exclusive interviews with the festival’s top artists.
Olbia, just waiting to be discovered
Olbia, in north-east Sardinia, is not only the port of entry for many arriving on the island and to the wonders of the Costa Smeralda and the entire eastern coast, but also a city well worth visiting. Between one evening and the next at Red Valley or if you have a few more days’ holiday, take at least one day to discover the historical city centre. Romanesque churches, an interesting archaeological area, museums, markets and excellent restaurants await you for a few hours dedicated to the pursuit of culture and good food.
Then, if you fancy a trip, you’ll be in the right place, because Olbia is strategically located just a few kilometres from some of the most spectacular places in Sardinia. San Teodoro, Golfo Aranci, the Costa Smeralda, la Maddalena… you really will be spoilt for choice, and it would be a shame not to make the most of all the beautiful places just a stone’s throw away!
How to reach Olbia
Olbia is easy to get to on Volotea flights from Italy (Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Catania, Genoa, Florence, Milan Bergamo, Naples, Palermo, Pisa, Rome Fiumicino, Turin, Venice, Verona), from France (Bordeaux, Deauville, Lyon, Lille, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, Strasbourg, Toulouse) and from Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia). Discover all the offers at the Volotea website.
Visit the Red Valley Festival site to check out the full programme and find the answers to frequently asked questions. And remember: Let’s Get Red Together!