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Gianfranco Raimondo

Booker/Festival Manager,
Ypsigrock Festival
Castelbuono, Italy
Ypsigrock Festival is a rock, indie, electro and alternative music festival in Sicily. It began twenty years ago, and now the festival is one of the most well-known and respected in Italy and has made its name internationally. Gianfranco Raimondo is co-founder and one half of the team that books the bands for the Festival.

A large part of the festival's appeal is the stunning location in the picturesque Sicilian mountain town of Castelbuono, complete with its medieval castle, from which derives the town's name. Now with a strong reputation for its varied lineups, the festival has, in recent years, played host to the likes of Savages, Daughter, Crystal Castles, Battles, Metronomy, Primal Scream, Belle & Sebastian and has a general lucky hand for hosting Italian premiers, among others of Alt J, Django Django, Jon Hopkins and Hinds.

Ypsigrock was the first and only Italian festival nominated in the European Festival Awards shortlist 2017.

2017’s first names announced are among others Ride, Cigarettes after Sex, Beak> and Calgary’s Preoccupations.
  • Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
  • Osgoode Ballroom East
    1:50PM - 3:50PM
    (2 hours)
    Ticketed Event
    MEET THE FESTIVALS
  • Thursday, April 20th, 2017
  • Sheraton Hall C
    11:10AM - 12:00PM
    (50 minutes)
    Export Development
    Focus on Italy