THIS year's Bandeasud festival which I've posted about before kicks off on August 6 in Trepuzzi (Lecce) with a street band festival.
It's a crazy, banging start to the ten days of events. What basically happens is a selection of Italian and international street bands take off from various corners of the town and they then each descend into the central town piazza where all the different bands take a different corner of the piazza and duel it out.
The whole town erupts with the sounds of drums and brass and there's a lot of excitement as the curious locals pour out onto their streets and onto their balconies. It's almost paganistic and as the town is usually decked out with street side stalls and vendors, the atmosphere is quite electric.
So a reminder, if you're in Puglia next week, get onto Google maps and make your way to the first of the all free to the public events.
Visit bandeasud.it for more information or pop a comment into the comment box and I'll try and be helpful.
If you're on Facebook you can follow the events here.