Conception and realization of the Moonlight Festival
Moonlight Festival it's the main music-cultural event
in Italy about new wave, dark wave, gothic and electronic music. Its format has been diffused all over Europe, in the United States, in the far east Japan and
every year it will be held in our country. The new wave embodied the inward-looking optimism and it was so important that still nowadays new bands in the world-wide music scene declare with words and deeds that the umbilical cord with that past period has not been completely cut off yet. Following the renewed success some new music groups enjoy and hand in hand with the technological revolution, the Moonlight Festival intends to be an active means in order to let people know or remind artists, records and curiosities of that incredible period. In
Conferences about music, DJ sets and concerts will be performed, sharing memories
from the fabulous ‘80s until today in a country rich in art and tourism. During the festival book launches and thematic exhibitions will take place. 12 bands and 30 DJs will liven up the three day festival playing music 14 hours a day. The locations will be numerous: a striking stage will be built where a number of exhibitions and stands will be available. The event aims to be a melting pot for lovers of this music genre. A buzzing cultural environment where the Moonlight Festival has the possibility to offer the greatest and most complete yearly rendezvous.
History : the New Wave in the world
New Wave was a musical movement which originated from the mid-1970s. It
emerged from punk rock as a reaction against the popular music of the
1970s. New Wave incorporated various influences such as the rock 'n'
roll styles of the pre-hippie era as well as aspects of mod subculture,
electronic music, disco, and funk.
The term New Wave itself is a source of much confusion. It was
introduced in 1976 in Great Britain by Sex Pistols manager Malcolm
McLaren as an alternative label for what was also being called "punk".
The term referenced the avant-garde, stylish French New Wave film
movement of the 1960s. The label was soon picked up by British punk
fanzines such as Sniffin' Glue and then the professional music press.
Thus, the term "New Wave" was initially interchangeable with "punk".
In the United States, Seymour Stein, the head of Sire Records, needed a
term by which he could market his newly signed bands, who had frequently
played the club CBGB. Because radio consultants in the U.S. had advised
their clients that punk rock was a fad (and because many stations that
had embraced disco had been hurt by the backlash), Stein settled on the
term "New Wave". Like those film makers, his new artists, such as
Ramones and Talking Heads, were anti-corporate, experimental, and from a
generation that had grown up as critical consumers of the art they now
Soon, listeners began to differentiate some of these musicians from
"true punks". The music journalist Charles Shaar Murray, in writing
about the Boomtown Rats, has indicated that the term New Wave became an
industry catch-all for musicians affiliated with the punk movement, but
in some way different from it:
The Rats didn’t conform precisely to the notional orthodoxies of punk,
but then neither did many other bands at the forefront of what those who
were scared of the uncompromising term 'punk' later bowdlerized to New
Wave. You weren’t allowed to have long hair! The Ramones did. Guitar
solos verboten! The defence calls Television. Facial hair a capital
offence! Two members of The Stranglers are in mortal danger. Age police
on the prowl for wrinklies on the run! Cells await Ian Dury, Knox from
The Vibrators and most of The Stranglers. Pedal steel guitars and
country music too inextricably linked with Laurel Canyon coke-hippies
and snooze-inducing Mellow Mafia singer/songwriterismo. Elvis Costello,
Music that followed the anarchic garage band ethos of the Sex Pistols
was distinguished as "punk", while music that tended toward
experimentation, lyrical complexity, or more polished production, was
categorized as "New Wave". This came to include musicians who had come
to prominence in the British pub rock scene of the mid-1970s, such as
Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, Eddie and the Hot Rods and Dr Feelgood;acts
associated with the New York club CBGBs, such as Television, Patti
Smith, and Blondie; and singer-songwriters who were noted for their
barbed lyrical wit, such as Elvis Costello, Tom Robinson and Joe
Jackson. Furthermore, many artists who would have originally been
classified as punk were also termed New Wave. A 1977 Phonogram
compilation album of the same name (New Wave) features US artists
including the Dead Boys, Ramones, Talking Heads and The Runaways.
Later still, "New Wave" came to imply a less noisy, more pop sound, and
to include acts manufactured by record labels, while the term post-punk
was coined to describe the darker, less pop-influenced groups, as
Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure, and The Psychedelic Furs. Although
distinct, punk, New Wave, and post-punk all shared common ground: an
energetic reaction to the supposedly overproduced, uninspired popular
music of the 1970s.
According to Tom Petty journalists had difficulties defining acts like
his Heartbreakers that they felt were not Punk rock but had an
association with acts such as The Sex Pistols and Elvis Costello.
Dark Wave, also written as Darkwave, is an umbrella term which refers to
a movement that began in the late 1970s, coinciding with the popularity
of New Wave and Post-punk music. Building upon the basic principles of
those musical movements, Dark Wave evolved through the addition of dark,
introspective lyrics and an undertone of sorrow. Dark Wave is
inseparably connected with the stylistic developments of the late 1970s
and the 1980s. In the 1980s, a subculture developed within the Dark Wave
movement, whose members were called "wavers" or "dark wavers".
Goth rock was originally included in the movement so Darkwave became an
important part of the goth scene and closely connected with the goth
The term was coined in Europe in the 1980s, to describe a dark and
melancholy variant of New Wave and Post-punk music, described as Gothic
rock in the UK, first applied to the music of British musicians such as
Bauhaus,Joy Division,The Cure,Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Chameleons,
Cocteau Twins, Anne Clark, Fad Gadget, Soft Cell, Gary Numan and Depeche
The movement spread internationally, spawning such developments as the
French Coldwave or dark synthpop, called "Electrowave" in Germany.
Subsequently, different Dark Wave genres blended with electronic music
(synthpop, ambient and post-industrial). Attrition, In The Nursery and
Pink Industry (UK), Clan of Xymox (Netherlands), Die Form (France), and
Psyche (Canada) played this music in the 1980s.