Nominal early bird tickets available from Friday 13 January
on Ticketone and Ticketmaster
After the first edition in 2021, which saw a long series of Italian and international artists take turns on its two stages - Comfort and A.R.M.O.N.I.A. - Comfort Festival® announces its return to the stage on Sunday 2 July 2023, again in the wonderful natural setting of Ferrara's G. Bassani Urban Park.
The first names unveiled are those of headliner Jack Johnson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Glen Hansard, chosen with a view to pursuing the pursuit of musical quality for a festival that makes it its identity along with sustainability, multidisciplinarity, the evocative nature of the location, and attention to detail in every aspect of the festival.
With a 30-year career behind him, Jack Johnson is one of the most highly regarded US folk-rock songwriters and has always been active on issues of environmentalism and sustainability. He has eight studio albums to his credit, acclaimed by both the public and the critics, who have rewarded him with a long list of accolades including two Grammy Awards nominations and three Brit Awards, which he won in 2006 as International Breakthrough Artist. His latest work Meet The Moonlight, released last June, opens with a question about the strange complexities of human nature, and never relinquishes his sincere drive for deeper understanding. Over the course of ten captivating and incredibly unpredictable tracks, the multiple platinum-selling singer-songwriter examines a whole spectrum of existential questions (the impermanence of life and the fragility of human connections, the struggle for community and presence in an ever-fragmenting world), infusing each enquiry with the deep warmth and poetic grace that have always permeated his music. His eighth studio album and first new full-length in five years, Meet The Moonlight establishes Johnson as an essential voice to elevate our perspective and gently guide us towards a more open state of mind.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have taken less than five years to become one of the most recognisable newcomers to contemporary rock'n'roll. Since 2015 Rateliff has led his Night Sweats, singing songs about the shared problems of this world with the zeal of a whiskey-loving Pentecostal preacher. They've had hits, sure, but their inflammable mix of soul and rock has quickly established them as one of those rare generational bands that have found a balance between ecstatic live shows and rich, engaging records.
Returning from his solo tour halted by the pandemic in March 2020, Rateliff came to terms with the same question that plagued so many of us at the time: what now? Fortunately, he returned to his farm in Colorado and wrote a series of songs that mixed his introspective nature with his passion for hymns. The result is The Future, the third Night Sweats album but the first to capture the true depth and breadth of this octet. An 11-song instant classic, the album shows something more sustainable, interesting and open: a singer-songwriter and a band heading towards bigger questions and sounds, into a future that allows them to remain recognisable but be much more fascinating than some jean-clad sketches.
Glen Hansard is an Oscar-winning singer-songwriter and the lead vocalist/guitarist of the bands The Frames and The Swell Season. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Hansard left school at the age of thirteen to start busking. During these early years he honed his talent on the streets during the day and perfected it on the stage in bars and pubs in the evenings. Many of the musicians he crossed paths with during this period became members of his band, collaborators and lifelong friends.
In 2020, Hansard released a live album and collaborated with Eddie Vedder and Cat Power on the soundtrack of Sean Penn's film Flag Day. The following year, along with Chad Smith, Josh Klinghoffer and Andrew Watt, he joined Earthlings, a band Vedder put together in support of his solo album.
In the autumn of 2022, Hansard released the single Take Heart about the conflict in Ukraine, the proceeds of which went to the displaced populations of that community. He is currently working on a new solo album scheduled for release in 2023.
Special nominal early bird tickets will be available on the official Ticketone and Ticketmaster circuits from 10 a.m. on Friday 13 January until Sunday 29 January (or until all seats are sold out).
New details on the lineup and the festival will be released in the coming days.
Comfort Festival® was the brainchild of Claudio Trotta a few years ago, before the pandemic that brought the whole world to a halt.
A key element is the quest for COMFORT.
The COMFORT of a welcoming and green location; in addition to the live Music on the COMFORT Stage, there will also be live electro-acoustic performances on the A.R.M.O.N.I.A. Stage by Slow Music, to rediscover the real sense of enjoying Beauty in all its forms and the intimate well-being it can give us when experienced properly.
A festival where everyone can have physical space and not be considered a number.
The Municipal Theatre of Ferrara as organising producer and the Municipality of Ferrara that sponsored the Comfort Festival® are confirmed as the main supporters and partners of Barley Arts in this second edition.
Sunday 2 July 2023
Ferrara, G. Bassani Urban Park
Concerts start at 15:00
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
and many more...
Tickets available on Ticketone and Ticketmaster.
Nominal early bird (single seat): € 50.00 + prev.