Ask most people what comes to mind when thinking of music festivals and the answers are likely to be similar: big-name bands, big stages and a vast open space (be it field, beach or forest). While that sort of experience is obviously great, that's not the only form a music festival can, or should, take.
It's important to recognise and celebrate some of the smaller festivals that aren't always able to shout as loudly as those with bigger budgets and grander set-ups. Festivals that have their own unique charm, and portray exactly what is so great about the huge diversity in music festivals across the globe.
Founded in 2010, Italy's Home Festival has quickly become one of the country's cultural institutions, now bringing in just under a hundred-thousand festival goers each summer. This year the festival moves from its original site in Treviso to its more internationally renowned neighbour Venice, and with a lineup to match some of its bolder competitors on the continent – this year features Aphex Twin, Editors, Pusha T and Jon Hopkins – 2019 is set to be it's biggest yet.
"Once in a lifetime" is this year's slogan, not mean in the clichéd touristic sense but more as an understanding that the event is itself a unique meeting of a collection of unique individuals.
To shed some light on this northern Italian staple before it rightly earns itself more global recognition, we put Home Festival in the spotlight for another edition of Under The Radar.
Where is it set?
The event takes place at the San Giuliano Park in Venice, not far from the airport.
It is one of the largest parks in Europe, designed to host large events. The most impressive thing, however, is certainly the view, which on one side looks over the lagoon, and from which you can admire the nearby Venice.
What's the festival's ethos?
The intention of the festival is to get rid of daily routine for three days. Singing, dancing, and listening to good music; getting to know new people, new cultures, and experiencing new sensations. A set of emotions fed obviously by the music of the artists of international level and by a unique location in the world.
What kind of music am I going to hear? Can you pick a song that embodies the festival?
Like other big international festivals, Home Festival presents a heterogeneous line-up, to try to meet everyone's taste. It ranges from electronic to pop, from rock to hip hop, passing through techno and alternative music. You will find guests of national and international level, but also emerging artists to be discovered.
What else is going down?
If you've decided you don't want to just go to a concert, but live a different experience, then this festival is probably the right one for you. Home Festival knows this well and that's why you won't find just music. A few steps away from the festival you will be able to enjoy wonderful excursions in the city and in the Venice lagoon during the day, as well as in the nearby cultural cities such as Verona or Padua.
In the evening when you get to the park you will enjoy quality food, have fun with professional entertainers and rides, and admire works by local artists. All of this until the night, when you can stay at the "garden of love", the campsite just a few steps from where the artists of the day performed.
What kind of people am I going to find there?
Home Festival is like a big house, where people feel part of the same family. The atmosphere we feel is that of love and freedom.
Home Festival takes place from 12 - 14 July 2019 in Venice's Parco San Giuliano. A range of tickets, accommodation and packages are available here.