Traveling, events, people: Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy

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Umbria Jazz Festival was a lovely event. The vibe was very special and we could hear music everywhere. The festival area was practically just one street with three stages plus one big main stage area a few minutes away from the end of the street but in addition to official stages musicians played everywhere and people where sitting in restaurants, cafes and other places eating, having drinks, chatting and just enjoying the music.

I loved walking around and sitting here and there, having a coffee or a glass of prosecco and watching people walking their dogs, hearing music coming from every corner. I couldn’t believe how many dogs I saw, maybe because it was so hot that it was better to take dogs to outside to fresh air instead of leaving them in hot apartments. They all looked relaxed and very used to crowds.

I shared an apartment with Isa and Ani and luckily these ladies are easy to convince to have a peaceful breakfast, long lunch or a late glass of wine so I was quite happy spending an extra day in Perugia and felt I had a good start for my holidays in Italy and later in France. We met the Italian group on Sunday morning and visited a few churched together (four or five beautiful churches on the main street) and then spent a couple hours resting before going to the main venue to meet more people. The pretty young girl with gorgeous glasses in the pics is Giorgia who loves being in photos (thanks Giorgia for letting me take pics, I will send you the rest of them!).

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The show itself gave a very adult and professional impression. The atmosphere was quite formal and I’m sure it all was partly intentional because the setlist was carefully planned for the audience (a bit older and obviously more music oriented than on average) but came partly also from the formal seated setting and the big stage far away from the audience. I really enjoyed the set list and small additions and variation. Finally No Place In Heaven again, I love the song so much! Over My Shoulder, one of my biggest favorites. Blue Eyes after a long time not hearing it. Very jazz style Boum Boum Boum with a long and pretty intro. Because of the theme I paid more attention than usually to Curtis playing Lollipop and enjoyed it very much. He is brilliant with so many instruments.

My seat was first row very side so luckily no one blocked my view (always makes me happy, I’m short and can’t see behind people) but the stage was big and far away so I still couldn’t properly see details. The security said no to my camera and I took only a few pics to remember how the stage looked. The security was generally very strict and kept the audience still and people from back couldn’t rush in front of us but a bit before the end they decided to let people go front and even asked us to go as well (which was a nice thing to do). Isa and I were a bit shy but went to the left side of the barrier and suddenly the whole area was full of people and during the four last song the gig felt like a usual high energy Mika concert people dancing and singing in front of him. Lovely short visit to Perugia, Padova next.

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