Isola di Ortigia, Sicily
25 - 29 July

Ortigia Sound System is a festival unlike any other.

The fifth edition of OSS once again brought a heady mix of emergent DJs and thrilling live acts to the island of Ortigia, Syracuse – all shot through with a high-concentrate dose of Sicilian cool. Indeed, as we observed in our review, the festival succeeded by being sensitive to its surroundings: ancient citadels, old market buildings and villas deep in the Sicilian countryside formed the backdrops for four days of music, and thanks to unobtrusive branding and the intimate feel of OSS, festival-goers felt immersed in South Italian culture (the last night, fittingly, given over to a showcase of underground music currently putting Naples back on the musical map).

It goes without saying that we were excited to host a Crack Magazine stage on Thursday evening. Photographer Glauco Canalis was on hand to capture our line-up, but did it in a way that was truly Ortigia. Kamaal Williams kicking back in a local bar? Nathy Peluso at the Antico Mercado? Mafalda chilling outside the Piazza del Duomo? Bellissimo.