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Left to right: Benny Benassi, Sophie & The Giants, Dardust
Left to right: Benny Benassi, Sophie & The Giants, Dardust

Italo-Disco Interval: Dardust, Benny Benassi + Sophie & The Giants 🇮🇹

Pala Olimpico is set to be transformed into a dance floor like no other on Tuesday 10 May, as 'The Dance of Beauty' plays out on stage and in homes across Europe and beyond.

📺 Watch: Sophie and the Giants – Golden Nights ft. Benny Benassi, Dardust, Astrality

Following on from the news that Diodato will be awarded his opportunity to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest, our Italian hosts have now revealed another interval act lined up for the First Semi-Final.

The Dance of Beauty will see the Pala Olimpico transformed into a giant disco, to celebrate a sound that the Italians have had great success and influence with outside their own borders – dance music!

📺 Watch: Benny Benassi – Satisfaction

Since the late ‘70s both Italo-Disco and Italian House Music have had a stronghold over dance floors and radio airwaves the world over, with their beats soundtracking the night lives of generations.

Dardust, one of the most successful producers on the planet, will perform during the First Semi-Final accompanied by DJ/producer Benny Benassi and British band Sophie and The Giants, with the participation of conductor Sylvia Catasta.

📺 Watch: Dardust – Sublime

Dardust stardust…

Dardust is Italian Dario Faini, one of the world’s most popular pianists. His music has accompanied some incredibly international events such as the Superbowl, the NBA All Star Game and the Olympic Games.

As an exceptional composer and producer, he has released numerous Italian hits, boasting over 60 platinum records. He is currently working on a new project, to be released later this year, in which he has decided to clearly separate his two musical souls: acoustic piano and electronic.

His influence will perhaps be most known to fans of the Eurovision Song Contest thanks to the runner-up of the 2019 Contest, Soldi, which Dardust co-wrote and produced for Mahmood.

📺 Watch: Mahmood – Soldi (co-written and produced by Dardust)

Marco ‘Benny’ Benassi is an Italian producer and popular touring DJ who is widely regarded as a pioneer of electro house, a genre arguably brought into the mainstream by his 2002 summer club hit Satisfaction. Since then, he has remixed singles by big-hitters like Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Shakira, and produced songs for Madonna, John Legend and, recently, one of our 2022 Eurovision Song Contest hosts, Mika.

  • The First Semi-Final takes place in Turin on Tuesday 10 May.

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