Last week may have seen Måneskin face one of their biggest global audiences as they performed at the VMAs, but the Italian rock titans were quite literally making waves in Monaco just days before.
The Eurovision winners were tasked with bringing rock ‘n’ roll energy to the Yacht Club De Monaco on Saturday September 9 for an exclusive event hosted by yachting titans Ferretti Group.
The group – led by singer Damiano David – delivered 90 minutes of relentless rock ‘n’ roll energy, performing to an exclusively invited crowd with a relentless passion usually seen at their sell-out gigs across the globe.
The crowd – which included F1 driver Charles LeClerc, were treated to hard rock anthems such as ‘Mamma Mia’ and the Stooges-esque grove of ‘I Wanna Be Your Slave’. Just days before the VMAs, the group also treated the Monaco crowd to new single ‘Honey Are You Coming’.
But there was a chance to show off the band’s more sensitive side too. One of the night’s high points came in David’s acoustic performance of ‘Timezone’, flanked by guitarist Thomas Raggi, before they offered a show-stopping take on Elvis Presley’s ‘If I Can Dream’.
It was an evening of firsts for the group too. As well as their first performance on a floating stage, docked in the yacht club itself, the group’s dressing room also came in the form of a Ferretti yacht – surely one of the more luxurious pre-gig settings they’ve experienced.
As for Ferretti Group’s event, the performance and party saw attendees flanked by the group’s large fleet of 20 yachts, including the 5 world premieres, which were available to guests and VIPs for visits and exclusive sea trials: Riva 82’ Diva, Pershing GTX116, Ferretti Yachts 1000 Skydeck, Ferretti Yachts InFYnito 90’ and wallywhy150.
Måneskin, meanwhile, will now go back to bigger venues, with a sold out date at New York’s Madison Square set for this Thursday (21 September), months after a barnstorming show at Glastonbury. But few shows, you’d argue, will be more unique this year, than their one night in Monaco.