This evening (4 July), Italy’s Diodato will be starting his summer concert tour “Concerti di Un’altra Estate” in Valle d’Aosta. Tonight’s concert will be his first live performance post-lockdown.
Diodato was set to represent Italy at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest with “Fai rumore”, after winning the 70th edition of the Sanremo Music Festival. Instead, he made an appearance in “Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light” where he spoke to the hosts before performing his Eurovision song in an empty arena in Verona.
Revised tour plans for the summer
Beginning in Valle d’Aosta tonight, Diodato will perform five dates on his tour including 3 dates in Rome between 25 and 27 July. He will conclude the tour with a sunrise concert in Tindari on 4 August.
Speaking to RTL 102.5, Diodato explained that:
I wanted these live concerts to be aware of what we have experienced, I would like to go through all the sensations that we felt with music.– Diodato, speaking to RTL 102.5
On 9 September, he will also perform at RTL 102.5’s summer concert Power Hits Estate in Verona. This event will mark the restart of the station’s live music events.
It’s another summer
Last week, Diodato released his follow-up single to his Eurovision entry, “Un’altra estate”. He explained to the radio station that he came up for the concept for the song during quarantine while he was in his Milan apartment.
I was in my mini apartment in Milan, where I don’t even have a balcony… that silence transported me to a seaside resort and so the first verse was born.– Diodato, speaking to RTL 102.5
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020
Following on from their second place finish in Tel Aviv, Italy opted to select their Eurovision entrant via Sanremo for the sixth time in a row. Following on from the 23-act musical extravaganza, Diodato won the superfinal with 39.92% of the vote. His song, “Fai rumore”, was set to be Italy’s follow-up to “Soldi”, however it was not to be. The contest was cancelled, for the first time ever, in March.
It is currently unknown whether Diodato will return to perform again next year following this year’s cancellation. It is thought that Sanremo 2021 will be held later than usual, in March, which may mean Diodato will be internally selected for Italy.
Are you excited to see artists returning to live music? Would you like to see Diodato back to sing again next year?
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