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A stellar line up at Locus Festival 2023 on the 14th of August, with JEFF MILLS, THE COMET IS COMING, SUN RA ARKESTRA and Gianluca Petrella’s COSMIC RENAISSANCE.

By February 4th, 2023Locus 2023 eng

It’s going to be an authentic interstelar cosmic trip into contemporary jazz, an afrofuturistic aesthetic summit on the 14th of August at Masseria Ferragnano, Locorotondo for Locus Festival 2023.
From Gianluca Petrella’s COSMIC RENAISSANCE to the mythical Marshall Allen’s SUN RA ARKESTRA, till their modern epigones, Shabaka Hutchings’ THE COMET IS COMING.
JEFF MILLS and his mastery will be closing the night: the one who brought techno and deejaying into dimension and galaxies never reached before.

Tickets for this worldwide unique event are already available on DICE and, 30€ + fee.
You can also buy a special PASS subscription, only on DICE.FM, for 5 nights from the 10th to the 14th of august, 120€ + fees. 

Locus 2023 keeps on outlining a more and more intriguing program. A real journey between the most beautiful apulian locations, that will be hosting Simply Red in Trani on the 27th of June (SOLD OUT), Sigur Ros in Bari on the 11th of July and Fat Freddy’s Drop on the 29th of July in Locorotondo, that will serve as prelude of a whole week of music in the Valle d’Itria town from the 8th to the 14th of July with The Comet is Coming, Ezra Collective, Fatoumata Diawara, Makaya McCraven, Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Sun Ra, Baustelle, Jeff Mills, Cosmic Renaissance… just to name a few

More artists and more locations will be announced in the next few months


Deeply inhabited by science-fiction, DJ, producer and artist Jeff Mills adopts its ideas, concepts, stories and esthetics from the outset. For him, Space is an obsession and his music almost becomes a musical science-fiction. Conquering space, his music embodies the future while both respecting the past and remaining well into the present. When he founded his own record label Axis in 1992 -a logo consisting of four triangles pointing to an invisible center-, Mills takes the rotating principle of the solar system as aesthetics, concept and model for creativity. From the beginning, his first releases explore futuristic and science fiction topics such as “Mutant theory,” “Tomorrow,” “Art / UFO”, “Time Machine” and “Alpha Centauri”. For Jeff Mills, the future is a powerful creative drive which explains the artist’s ceaseless activity.


On their latest offering, Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam, The Comet is Coming take you to new worlds and new sonic vistas. Their most fully realised and deeply produced album yet, it is an expression of unity and magical alchemy that amplifies the combined powers of Danalogue, Betamax and Shabaka to new awesome heights. Together they open a portal to new universes and other dimensions.
Who will crack the Code and join them on their Atomic Wave Dance?


Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, Sun Ra led his “Intergalactic Arkestra” of thirty-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion, and New Age music until his death in 1993.
The Sun Ra Arkestra still perform today under the direction of long-time Sun Ra collaborator and alto-saxophonist Marshall Allen. The Big Band play fully dressed in intergalactic garb influenced by the spirit of Ancient Egypt and will perform a selection of Sun Ra classics.


Gianluca Petrella (Bari, 1975) is one of the most internationally renowned Italian musicians. Instrumentalist, composer and producer.

Petrella won Down Beat Critics Poll in the “rising stars” category for two years in a row and, in over 20 years working in the field, he had the chance to horizontally cross all the best offered by the contemporary music scene, both in the discographic environment and live show contests by playing in worldly recognized festivals and clubs.

Besides the important and over twenty years long artistic bond with Enrico Rava, in his variegated professional path Gianluca worked side by side with a vary large amount of Italian and international prestigious artists: from the Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen to Carla Blay, from Paolo Fresu to Matmos, from Lester Bowie and Manu Di Bango to Pat Metheny and John De Leo, Dj Ralf, Ricardo Villalobos, Max Loderbauer and Moritz von Oswald. Over-ten-year lasting collaboration is also the one between Petrella and producer, dj and musician Nicola Conte, while his interest for mixing different artistic disciplines lead him to create original works for cinema, dance and theatre productions (Exp and Tricks 2010, Liquido 2016, HOODOO, 2019, Flow- La mente Latente, 2015).

ECM, Emi/Blue Note Records, Schema Records, !K7, are only few of the discographic labels that released records by Gianluca Petrella, who founded his own Spacebone Records in 2009 reconfirming his deep knowledge of musical production gathered by working in some of the best recording studios in the world.

Since 2017 he regularly collaborates with Lorenzo Cherubini aka Jovanotti both on stage and in recording sessions while continuing sharing artistic projects with outstanding artists such as Pasquale Mirra and DJ Gruff. As a leader he’s currently working with quintet Cosmic Renaissance (galactic evolution of his Cosmic Band) and Trio 70’s.

October 2022 will see the release of a new album with Cosmic Renaissance, ‘Universal Language’. A new work by Schema Records, once again shuffling the cards and taking listeners to unexpected places.