Summer music festivals in southern Spain

by Deborah Cater
Sohail castle - location for one of the summer music festivals

The Marenostrum Fuengirola Festival, scheduled to go ahead this summer, has 50 concerts planned. In Gibraltar, there is a more local feel this year as covid still affects live music festivals.

From July to September, the Marensotrum Fuengirola Festival aspires to be “the European capital of open-air music festivals”. There are more than 50 concerts for various audiences in the setting beneath the Arab fortress.

Covid-19 Security Plan

The festival’s security plan guarantees compliance with all health and hygiene measures. Mayor ana Mula said: “Thanks to important and conscientious security measures, last year turned out to a success and a demonstration that cultural events, in times of the Covid-19 pandemic, can be safe.”

More than 30 artists

During the three months, more than 30 Spanish and Latino artists are due to perform. Major artists include Marc Anthony, Monica Naranjo and Alejandro Sanz.

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Unicaja Bank is sponsoring the festival for the fourth year running.

Music festivals change format in Gibraltar

Friday Night Live replaces Gibraltar Music Festival following the international music event’s cancellation. Instead, local musicians will take to the stage during National Week in September.

“Friday Night Live is one of several events being planned for the autumn with a strong Gibraltarian flavour”, according to a Gibraltar Cultural Services spokesperson. Gibraltar Music Festival “will not take place in 2021 […] the uncertainty of how Covid-19 would develop would not in any case have allowed the length of time necessary to plan the event,” they added.

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