The grey weather seems not to leave the Verona province, and the third day of Isola Rock is wrapped with clouds and rain. I guess the weather is pretty appropriate considering that this is the “Shades of Prog” day, and I personally couldn’t wait to see the last three bands of the festival perform. For the third and last time, I want to thank Angela and Associazione I Butei for their brilliant organization!


The first band of the bill is starting with a bit of a delay on schedule, but nothing too serious. Caravaggio is a progressive rock band from Milan, and their set was fantastic; the instrumental parts were sophisticated, the lyrics were transcending, and the addition of the accordion in their lineup is such a marvellous touch. I found myself mesmerized watching them perform, and even though the audience wasn’t still numerous, the crowd really enjoyed their performance. Caravaggio has carved a niche for themselves within the progressive genre, combining a diverse range of influences and a commitment to pushing musical boundaries. A solid start for this Sunday!


  1. Before
  2. Not On Me
  3. Life Watching
  4. Unlike Dolphins
  5. Guernica
  6. Comfortable


The delay accumulated is, unfortunately, a bit hard to catch up on, and about 20 minutes later than scheduled, Witchwood beings their performance. The group’s outstanding musical sophistication is at the heart of their set. Complex time signatures, polyrhythms, and atypical song structures are used to create a tapestry of musical layers that test both the players and the listeners. Their passion and dedication are evident in their live performances’ tight synchronization and preparation. My favourite track of their set was “Handful of Stars“, taken from the self-titled record published in 2017. This evening is turning out glorious!


  1. A Grave Is The River
  2. A Taste of Winter
  3. Handful of Stars
  4. Anthem for a Child
  5. Presentation: Under The Willow
  6. Like A Giant in a Cage
  7. Slow Colours of Shade

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin

Like a cherry on top, Isola Rock ends in the best way possible, with the legendary Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin playing a two-hour set. It has been quite some time since I was blown away by a performance like theirs. In addition to their musical prowess, their stage presence is a key factor: each member exudes energy, passion, and a genuine love for their craft, creating a palpable connection with the audience. Goblin‘s ability to create an immersive atmosphere through their movements helps to maintain an engaging and unforgettable live performance. More specifically, Cecilia on bass was simply rocking to her fullest, showing incredible technique and enthusiasm. Many classics are included in the set, and even the most-anticipated “Profondo Rosso” theme is part of this wonderful night.


  1. Brain Zero One
  2. Il Cartaio
  3. Roller
  4. Demoni
  5. L’alba dei Morti Viventi
  6. Zombi
  7. Zaratozom
  8. Agnus Dei
  9. Opera
  10. Gamma
  11. Acquaman
  12. Non Ho Sonno
  13. Death Farm
  14. The Devil Is Back
  15. Suspiria
  16. Tenebre
  17. Phenomena
  18. Profondo Rosso
  19. Mater Lacrimarum

Isola Rock is now over, and frankly, I am so sad. I have lived three days surrounded by music, friends, good food and drinks, and the unique atmosphere of this festival. I want to end this report by giving the sincerest compliments to the light and audio technicians because they have done truly a masterpiece. Honestly, I can’t wait for next year to come so that I can go to Isola Rock again!

Benedetta Baldin

Hi! My name is Benedetta, I’m 29 and I live in Northern Italy. My passion has always been music: I started taking guitar lessons when I was 6. Now I work as a sales representative, but in my free time I interview talented people, I spread the word about my favorite band (MoonSun), and I go to concerts or travel around Europe. I am a huge collector of anything Tolkien-related, autographs, merchandise, and CDs. I am quite an original person and don’t mind being the voice outside of the choir (even though I play in the church’s choir!).