You are indeed spoilt for choice with concerts, events and parties here on the Costa Del Sol this Summer from traditional Spanish fiestas, to world class entertainment from Sting, UB40 and Jamiroquai and international DJ’s like Colin Francis and Stormzy. With so much on offer to choose from how do you sift through and find the events that matter most to you. Well, in one easy step. Read this feature. We have rounded up the best of the best events, dates, prices, descriptions, contact details and suitability so you don’t have to. Read on to find out how to make your summer one to remember.
DJ COLIN FRANCIS PROJECT
June 1st (and every Friday)
The world famous ‘Ministry of Sound Marbella Collections’ DJ Colin Francis is hosting weekly parties at Plaza Beach in Puerto Banus every Friday from midday till 8pm and then will be taking to the decks every Friday night at super club Mirage from midnight till 7am. Also not to be missed parties from the Ultima Promotions team are Foam Parties on Thursdays at Plaza Beach, Candypants on Saturday and Aces on champagne Spray Weekends.
Tickets: €20 entry
June 3rd (and every Sunday)
The established London born club brand Kinky Malinki has been spinning house music for 20 years now and have just celebrated their 15th anniversary in Marbella. If you are after feel good and uplifting house music then this is the night out for you. Sunday is also fast becoming the choice of big nights out so buck the trend and try out Kinky Malinki at Mirage in Marbella this summer. With it’s Funktion One sound system, this new club belts out the tunes bigger and better than ever.
Tickets: €20 entry
LADIES DAY ASCOT PARTY
Head over to The Boardwalk on Paseo Maritimo to enjoy a bit of glitz and glamour at the races while helping a very good cause. This year, the 4th year in a row, organisers Kara Caradas and Sera Jane (pictured) have decided to raise funds for Samantha Dorricott in South Wales who tragically lost three daughters in devastating circumstances; an involuntary drug overdose, complications during birth and a house fire – this is before any of them had reached their 22nd birthday. Samantha is now caring for her two young grandchildren Jensen, 5, and Chantelle, 4, on her own. Sera has already raised enough funds to pay for flights and accommodation so anything raised on the day will go towards making their first family holiday abroad all the more memorable. The day, sponsored by Pure Skin Boutique Spa and Angela McAllister with Evento Shop and Brian Mcculen events donating the decorations, will consist of a fashion show from Fabric and singers Tabitha and Isabelle have kindly donated their time to perform. Tickets for the 3-course meal with half a bottle of wine will only cost €50 per person. There is also an after party at Becketts nearby. Email email@example.com to book tickets.
NIGHT OF SAN JUAN
San Juan is one of the biggest events in Spain’s calendar. Every major town or city holds its own fiesta to celebrate the shortest day of the year, June 23rd that also officially symbolises the start of summer. The festivities usually get under way a few days before where a massive bonfire is collected on the beach and giant effigies are made by locals to be burnt on San Juan night. On the 23rd June the whole town comes to life as families and friends gather to eat, drink, dance and enjoy the party atmosphere. It is also a custom to eat grilled sardines on the beach. The roaring bonfires which usually start around 11pm are then followed by an impressive firework display that lights up the whole coast, a spectacle in itself if you have a good view of the coastline from wherever you are planning to see in the festivities. At midnight thousands of revellers dip or even swim in the sea not only because they’ve had a few bevvies but because San Juan has religious and pagan connotations and the water supposedly cleanses them. Enjoy your fun filled night of San Juan at numerous beach locations up and down the coast.
DANII’S BEACH BBQ
Chambao Beach Bar in Torreguadiaro will be transforming for one night only with the Costa Del Sol’s top artists putting on a show to remember to support Danii’s Charity for children living with cancer. The event, which kicks off at 7pm till late, includes live music, DJ’s, dancers, kids face painting, a bouncy castle, cocktails, family fun and a BBQ. Entrance fee for adults is €5 which includes a welcome drink and kids are only €2.50 which includes free bouncy castle all night. Organised by local singer Michelle Daniels, the event loved by all the locals in Sotogrande and surrounding areas is now in its 7th year. All proceeds from the night go to Danii’s Charity to helping kids with cancer.
Sting will be belting out his ballads ‘Roxanne’, ‘Englishman in New York’ and ‘Message in a Bottle’ at the Starlite Festival. The British singer who has over 16 awards under his belt including an Ivor Novello Award for lifetime achievement, will also be teaming up with his pal and reggae artist Shaggy for this concert – so expect the unexpected. In creating their collaborative, island-inspired album 44/876, which honours the duo’s deep-rooted love for Jamaica and for making timeless music, both artists explore reggae and its transcendent rhythms with songs like “Don’t Make Me Wait”. This will undoubtedly be a sell out so make sure you get your tickets early on for this not to be missed concert.
Tickets: €102 – €1054
Founded in 1992 by front man Jay Kay, the pioneers of “future funk” have taken the world by storm, establishing themselves as one of the most successful acts on the planet. Since the release of their debut album ‘Emergency on Planet Earth’ in 1993, Jamiroquai have completed reinvigorated modern pop music while also paving the way as chief influencers of some of today’s most exciting artists. Jamiroquai have consistently proved themselves as one of the globe’s most revered and unifying musical innovators of our time.
Tickets: €102 – €578
One of the most iconic club brands Lovejuice, created by George Mensah, is holding a monthly residency at nightclub Tibu in Puerto Banus. The first one kicked off on May 24th with further dates planned for June 23rd. The night kicks off at midnight on these set Thursdays each month and has a fashionable, smart and glam dress code. This summer’s impressive line-up includes DJ Colin Francis, Sammy Porter, Bongo Ben, Michael Green, Sam Lashmar, Charlo and CJ Sax Live.
MARBELLA ART FAIR
Marbella becomes a meeting point for art lovers, collectors and artists from all over the world as it hosts its inaugural international art fair from July 30th till August 3rd. The Marbella Congress, Fairs and Exhibitions Centre has been chosen as the premier venue for the Modern and Contemporary Art Show 2018 that will gather breathtaking pieces from more than 50 galleries from around the world.
In the words of its chairman, Alejandro Zaia, “Marbella is one of the most relevant places of European summer. It gathers a large number of European visitors, but also from places such as Russia and the Middle East, and represents a unique opportunity to establish an international art fair with the excellence and quality deserved both by the city and its visitors.” So if you enjoy exceptional art, this event will surely not disappoint you! The Town Council of Marbella is supporting the art show initiative this summer.
Los Álamos Beach Festival
August 1st – August 5th
After three successful years – which saw great responses from audiences, the media, institutions and businesses – the festival has announced its fourth instalment. The big change in the festival this year is in its location, as it’s moving from Los Álamos beach in Torremolinos to Estepona fairground. An ideal space for an event which is coming back even bigger this year, with more stages and without the limitations imposed by the original location. Twice as many camping places, so that everyone can enjoy the experience in more comfort and with a wider range of leisure and accommodation options. Armin van Buuren, Yves V, Abel The Kid and Fedde Le Grand are the first names announced for 2018.
The legendary reggae band UB40 are reuniting for their 40th anniversary tour and are heading to Spain on Thursday August 16th to play at the Plaza de Toros in Estepona. The three main band members; Micky, Ali and Astro are all set to perform and will reignite their classic songs including ‘Red Red Wine’ ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.’ Ensure to book early for this one as although the bullring has an 8000 capacity, tickets which went on sale on the 10th May are selling out fast.
Tickets: €38 Stands – €75 Premium
KOOL & THE GANG
On a balmy Sunday night the legendary Kool & The Gang are reuniting to play at the Puente Romano Tennis Club for a one off intimate gig. The Grammy Award winning band, who have had a career spanning 5 decades will entertain the crowds with tracks including ‘Jungle Boogie’, ‘Ladies Night’ ‘Celebration’ and ‘Get Down On It’. This will definitely be one for all generations to enjoy and have you dancing in the aisles till the early. Again, book up early for this one as tickets will no doubt sell out soon.
Tickets: €35 stands to €160 Gold VIP
FESTIVAL OF THE MOORISH MOON
September 8th – 9th
Every September the picturesque village of Guaro, on the Costa del Sol near Ronda, takes us back to Andalucia’s rich historical past influenced by Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures via the Festival of the Moorish Moon. As part of this tradition, the entire village is lit up by over 25,000 candles enchanting all the 50,000 visitors that have travelled from afar to visit this unique and enchanting festival. Visitors to the festival will be spoilt for choice from an array of artisans selling wares such as jewellery, clothes, sweet Moorish cakes and handicrafts. There are also many acts, both musical and dance, to entertain visitors. Over the years, the festival has become increasingly popular, attracting some big names in the Hispanic music industry such as the late Paco de Lucia, Antonio Orozco and Chambao, to name just a few. Boasting the second largest open-air auditorium in the province, it seats a massive 1600 people. This coming September, the Festival of the Moorish Moon is expected to be even bigger and better than previous years, although the line-up of acts has yet to be announced.
Tickets: Free event
MTV PRESENTS: GIBRALTAR CALLING
September 21st – 22nd
MTV and the Government of Gibraltar are bringing back their epic festival with a bang this year with top acts including Rita Ora, Texas, Stormzy and Rag n Bone Man. Due to FIFA commitments the festival is scheduled later than normal this year on September 21st and 22nd September and on Friday and Saturday so take the day off on Friday if you need to. In addition Sister Sledge, Suzi Quatro and The Boomtown Rats will be storming the Classic Stage alongside 20 other new acts being announced over the coming months. With 2 stages and tons of activities including food and drink stalls, this year is set to be bigger and better than ever. MTV Gibraltar Calling is a family friendly festival and if you pre-register children under 12 go free with accompanying adults.
Tickets: £80 for 1 Day – €375 for 2 Day VIP