Famous national and international bands and solo artists have confirmed their presence at this year’s Starlite Festival in Marbella, which given the pandemic must be one of the most eagerly-awaited and bound to be highly-attended its ten-year history.
So far, Welsh-born crooner Tom Jones, ’80s indie-rockers Simple Minds, and soul legend Lionel Richie are definites, as are the multi-lingual modern opera band Il Divo and Colombian reggaetón star Maluma.
Previously, top 40 chart-hoggers Aitana, David Bisbal, Antonio Orozco, Rosario, Miguel Ríos and Rozalén, and Spain’s answer to Cliff Richard, Raphael, confirmed their slots.
Other pre-bookings include Alan Parsons, Passenger, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Antonio José, Magán, Taburete, Pablo López, Ozuna, Sebastián Yatra, José Luis Perales, Ara Malikian, Tomatito, Carlos Rivera, and the Murcia-born rock duo Estopa, made up of the Muñoz brothers and whose soulful hits were on constant heavy rotation on mainstream radio at the beginning of the century. Basque-based modern veterans La Oreja de Van Gogh – a fivesome never off the radio in the first 10 years of the Millennium – have also confirmed they will be performing at Starlite on 25th June.
Also this week, Míriam Rodríguez and Cepeda – the latest generation of Spanish artists – have confirmed they will be performing on July 15, and Sevilla-born vocalist Beret, an up-and-coming urban pop-cum-hip hop sensation, is a definite for his slot on 26th June.
Global legends Tom Jones, Il Divo, Lionel Richie and Simple Minds will be performing on 8th July, 7th July, 27th July, and 31st July respectively.
On each day of the festival, doors open at 8pm, when ticket-holders can enter the Starlite Lounge and wine, dine and enjoy the support acts, then the main concerts start at 10pm and the Starlite Disco begins at midnight. It is the only disco in the world that takes place in a quarry, and carries on until 6 in the morning.
Two buses will be run from the car park to make access easier, given the somewhat unusual location of this globally-renowned festival, although parking passes for those who want to use their own vehicles can be bought at the same time as entries to the concerts.
The highly-acclaimed venue is an open mine shaped like a natural rocky amphitheatre, out in the countryside and with excellent acoustics.
Running from 17th June to 28th August this year, the Starlite has always attracted huge names – in past editions, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martín, Andrea Bocelli and Alejandro Sanz have graced the Marbella stage, opting to give their only Spain-based concerts of the year at the popular festival.
Tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster, but will be limited in number as social distancing and all other anti-Covid procedures will need to be followed to ensure the festival is able to go ahead.