Rick Rubin held a very low-key festival in Tuscany

Rick Rubin traded the recording studio for the Tuscan countryside this summer solstice

Chasing the sun in typical Rick Rubin style, the music legend hosted a secret festival named after the occasion itself – Festival of the Sun.

Held June 21st-22nd in Casole d’Elsa, a village where Rubin owns a property, the event offered a unique experience for a select audience.

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While details are scarce, reports suggest around 150 guests enjoyed private performances inside a historic church.

The lineup boasted a diverse mix, including electronic artist James Blake, indie rockers Beth Ditto (of Gossip) and Win Butler & Régine Chassagne (from Arcade Fire), the smooth sounds of Rhye, and even Kirtan musician Krishna Das.


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Beyond the music, the festival embraced the spirit of community. A free stage in the town square offered locals and visitors alike the chance to catch sets.

The focus wasn’t just on music either, with a screening of the Nick Cave documentary “This Much I Know To Be True” adding another cultural dimension.

Social media offered glimpses of the event, with attendees including Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and some Italian celebrities.

Rubin reportedly aimed to create a multi-sensory experience, with local food and a relaxed, conversational atmosphere complementing the performances.

The Festival of the Sun wasn’t a flashy, commercial affair. Instead, it offered a chance for a select group to experience music, art, and community in a beautiful Italian setting.

Whether it becomes a recurring event remains to be seen, but it certainly left a mark on those lucky enough to attend.