Like the sun rising from the Adriatic to set in the Ionian Sea, flying over harbors and cathedrals, trulli and farms, there’s a festival expanding through Puglia generating energy through sounds, words, ideas and images.
In constant search of beauty, in an inexhaustible discovery for the new, one ultimate symbol of the Apulian summer and one of the pillars of the Italian musical season, Locus Festival, returns this year.

The 18th edition of Locus 2022 is not only the year marking the coming of age of the adulthood, but it also represents a return to the main square, to a common dimension with full capacities, to a vitality without barriers, standing and, hopefully, without masks.
But that’s not enough: for this edition, from 18 June to 4 September, the “sun” of  Locus expands further its rays welcoming new places and new stories, in a surprising and unprecedented journey through the beauties of Puglia.

From the expanding Itria Valley. Starting from the historic location, Locorotondo – with its circular plan that inspired the brand identity of the festival and with its “seafront promenade” without sea, overlooking the Itria Valley – Locus will discover Murgia in Minervino Murge and will move along the coast of the trulli and the coast of Bari, in a path on the water that will be touching the amazing cathedral on the sea of Trani, the port of Bari with its ancient Faro Borbonico, the suggestive old castle of Mola di Bari and the splendid archaeological excavations of Egnazia, ancient Messapian and Roman glory of Puglia now included in the maritime territory of Fasano.

As always, artistic heterogeneity is the motto that guides the musical programming of Locus Festival: a path without borders and without limits, where pop mixes with black music, electronics, rap, songwriting and many other sounds from Italy and from all over the world. Among the artists involved: ALT-J / AZYMUTH / BAWRUT / BRUNORI SAS / CAMI LAYÈ OKÙN / CAPAREZZA / CARIBOU / CARMEN CONSOLI / COSMO / HANIA RANI / INDIAN WELLS / JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN / KETY FUSCO / KINGS OF CONVENIENCE / LA RAPPRESENTANTE DI LISTA / LOS BITCHOS / MACE / MANNARINO / MARIA CHIARA ARGIRÒ / MARCO CASTELLO / MARTA DEL GRANDI / NAPOLI SECRETA / NU GENEA / PAOLO NUTINI / POPULOUS / QUANTIC / SONS OF KEMET / THE MAUSKOVIC DANCE BAND / VENERUS / WHITEMARY / WILLIE PEYOTE … many others

To enhance the already pretty busy program of this 18th edition there’s also the exhibition “Jeff Buckley Eternal Life“, by photographer Merri Cyr, telling a story of legendary Jeff Buckley’s life through her shots , from the beginning to the tragic death, marking this year the twenty-fifth anniversary. The exhibition will be open from 31 July to 4 September in Locorotondo in Perle di Memoria Museum and on the steps of Via San Michele Arcangelo.

Made possible by the contribution of BCC Locorotondo as official partner, the exhibition will be enriched by special meetings with guests such as the author Merri Cyr and the curator Guido Harari, the journalists Carlo Massarini and Luca De Gennaro, and the artists Diodato and Joan As Police Woman, who will be the performing a free live solo special set in Piazza Aldo Moro in Locorotondo.

The talks – free with seats – and the live performance of the extraordinary American artist will mark the long-awaited return of Locus in Piazza Aldo Moro, one of the historic venues of the festival and the beating heart of the Valle d’Itria village. The square will also host Locus Focus & Movies, an outdoor program of talks and film screenings, taking place between 10 and 13 August starting in the late afternoon.

Alongside the events on the main stages, there will also be a series of ExtraLocus events to further broaden the horizons of the festival. In different locations from north to south along the Apulian Adriatic coast, between Trani, Fasano and Ostuni.

The 2022 edition of Locus Festival – the richest ever! – wants to represent a signal of gradual return to normality and recovery for the whole world of the entertainment, a light at the end of the tunnel after the (semi) darkness of the last two years in which, despite everything, Locus has never left out its own cultural and emotional contribution to the Apulian and Italian territory.