Back in May, Italy’s Eurovision 2020 entrant Diodato performed his song “Fai rumore” in an empty Arena di Verona — an overwhelming experience that he likened to projecting “a cry of freedom, a desire to express your humanity.”
A 30-second fragment of the performance was shown during the broadcast of Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light — the replacement programmed that hoped to bring Europe together amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after the broadcast, the full Arena di Verona performance of the Italian Eurovision 2020 entry racked up over a million of views on YouTube. Some even started calling it the highlight of the Eurovision season.
Diodato performs “Fai rumore” at SEAT Music Awards
Four months later, Diodato has returned to Verona to reprise his song once more during the annual SEAT Music Awards. This time, a small audience was allowed to be inside the legendary venue, after lockdown measures helped to flatten the curve of infections and deaths in recent months. Diodato shared the stage with many Eurovision contestants on that 5 September night, including Il Volo, Mahmood and Ermal Meta.
However, this year no awards were presented. Instead, the evening served as a beneficiary concert to support Sosteniamo la musica of Music Innovation Hub. The fund, both supported by Spotify and FIMA — Italy’s music industry federation.
The fund aims to help entertainment workers who have been affected by the pandemic in Italy. Since the start of the pandemic, venue closures and event cancellations have led to serious financial insecurities for those who are primarily employed in the entertainment industry.
Shortly after his performance in May, Diodato explained the beauty and solemnity of singing in an empty amphiteater.
“It was such a strong feeling to hear my voice resonate inside this place. Going back and thinking of our cultural legacy is something that is really overwhelming.”
“When I wrote this song I started with my personal feelings. The night I presented it at the [Sanremo] festival I said it was an invitation to cancel all walls, to bring your humanity out. I thought I had reached my emotional peak by winning the festival and people sending all their love. I would never have imagined….seeing this song become an anthem, a cry of freedom, a desire to express your humanity, a desire to sing this from your balcony. I was so moved by this because it reminded me what music should be doing.”
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