When 40 years ago Franco Battiato canceled a concert in Sardinia to save a centuries-old wood

A concert is not worth the life of a centuries-old wood: 40 years ago Franco Battiato canceled a concert in Villasimius, Sardinia when he learned that trees in a centuries-old wood would be cut down to organize the show. In an interview with ‘Il Fatto Quotidiano’, Filippo Destrieri, historical keyboardist of Battiato, tells of this episode that in this summer of Jova Beach Party makes you think even more

Summer of Jova Beach Partythe controversy does not stop, but there are those who have not put their concerts in front of the environment: in an interview with ‘Daily fact’, Filippo Destrierihistorical keyboardist of Franco Battiato, tells when 40 years ago the singer canceled a concert a Villasimius, in Sardinia when he learned that trees in a centuries-old wood would be cut down to organize the show (paying the penalty out of his own pocket). Then it can be done!

A Villasimius, in Sardinia, an exceptional event then happened – tells Destrieri to ‘Il Fatto Quotidiano’ – It was the last date of a Sardinian minitour, and while I was arriving there with the band I crossed Battiato’s car: he was going away and sign to follow him. Later, when we got to the airport, he explained that he had canceled the concert: the organization stood pulling down a centuries-old wood to make room for people. He had stopped the bulldozers and, taking on the penalty, gave up on that date

It happened 40 years ago, when among other things the environmental conscience was perhaps less formed among the people, and let’s imagine that someone who had already bought tickets, even if refunded, did not like the decision. But apparently the late artist didn’t care about this (and the money he paid as a penalty): a concert is not worth the life of a centuries-old forest.

We are not here to make comparisons between people, one of whom among other things has left us, but we reiterate that it is not necessary damage the environment to listen to music and in general to have fun. Unfortunately, even if Jovanotti is not up to the accusations of greenwashing and destruction of ecosystems, there are objective data highlighted by experts; the beaches (and the centuries-old woods) are not the place to organize events such as concerts.

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Jovanotti called those who objected to the ‘econazis’ Jova Beach Party bringing serious and scientific arguments. And no, this time we are not there: there is a way and way to have fun, and for us it is not fun to see ecosystems destroyed by a bulldozer.

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