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  • Wish they all could be Marbella girls......

    Very quick blog today to remind those in Marbella that the Starlite festival kicks off this evening in Nagueles with the opening concert by the famous Beach Boys!

    Should be a great start to a great event.  

    Tom Jones was also one of the last to be confirmed and he can be seen on the 17th August.  Tom last appeared in Marbella at the Puente Romano a few years back - a great night!

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  • 2013 Starlite Festival

    The organisers of Marbella’s famous Starlite Festival have been announcing another star studded line up for this year event.Marbela Starlite Festival Summer Concerts  

    The 2013 Starlite Festival will take place, at the usual dramatic quarry venue near Nagueles overlooking Marbella, from the 23rd July 2013 until the 24th August 2013.

    The Starlite Festival is a festival of music, fashion, art, great food, cinema and disco.  A great outdoor venue, in which to spend a fun summers night in Marbella.  

    Already announced in the lineup for 2013 are:

    July 2013

    27th (Sat) Jamie Cullum

    28th (Sun) Noa 


    August 2013


    3rd (Sat) Julio Iglesias

    11th (Sun) Alejandro Sanz

    14th (Wed) Malú

    15th (Thu) Paco de Lucia

    24th (Wed) David Bisbal – Spain’s Will Young!

    With a capacity for 2013 of only 2500, you are assured to have an intimate evening up close to the artists for the summer concerts.

    We attended last year and had a great evening watching Simple Minds.  Highly recommended.

    Only 104 days to go!

     

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  • Simple Minds at the Marbella Starlite Festival

    The Starlite Lounge at the Marbella Starlite FestivalWe enjoyed a great evening at the Marbella Auditorium last Thursday night, attending the Simple Minds gig which is part of the month long Marbella Starlite Festival.  It was our first visit to the Starlite Festival and the Marbella Auditorium, a dramatic old Quarry site, dug into the side of the La Concha Mountain above Marbella. And what a well organised event the Starlite Festival is, from before arrival to departure everything seemed to run with 'Swiss' precision. Pre arrival the signposting from the A7 was superb, guiding us easily through Nagueles up to the car park.  Here you smoothly pass through ticketing and take a smart air conditioned bus up to the auditorium.  With minimal waiting times for the coaches before and after the event.

    The Auditorium is a stunning venue for the festival, with the dramaticMarbella Starlite Festival Concerts rugged stony quarry walls towering all around you, yet you would be hard pressed to realise you were standing on a quarry floor.  The ambience and drama of the Starlite Lounge area give a feeling of great quality.  The huge under lit dance floor, surrounded by food and drinks outlets, and softly lit chill out furniture is superb.  The Starlite Family Club overlooks the Lounge Area, and the white covered back of the grandstand seating forms another side, with its huge white backing forming a gigantic screen for the projection of imagery in the lounge area.  A mass of palm trees and low lit furniture make this a great area, pre and post show, and for entertainment on those nights where there are no concerts taking place.

    Marbella Summer ConcertsOn nights like this, with a drink in one hand, great food in the other, a warm breeze blowing through the fronds of the palm trees above and cool music playing in the background you realise just how luck you are to be in a place like Marbella, with a climate which allows great events like this to take place every night in the summer months.

    Another of the great attractions bought to the festival this year was the catering by no less than El Bulli Catering, by Paco Roncero. The food was superb, and another of life's great experiences ticked off the list!

    Onto the main event, and guests took their seats just before 10:00pm, at about which time Simple Minds took to the stage, and entertained the crown for almost 2 hours.  Jim Kerr and his band were superb, and had the crowd up on their feet, as they played a great selection of their music including world famous songs like Don't You (Forget About Me), Waterfront, Sanctify yourself, Let there be love and Alive and Kicking.  They rounded off the night with a great encore, adding several more of their hits to the show, ending their set at about midnight with a rousing rendition of Gloria, sang with the crowd, as were many of the songs. Simple Minds Marbella Concert

    But here in Marbella at midnight 'the night is still young', so as the band ended their great 2 hour stint, the performers on the main stage area in the Starlite Lounge were preparing to come on and entertain the crowd, prior to the DJ's kicking off of their nightly show.

    As we left the venue, air conditioned shuttle bus was awaiting, and in no time we left the car park, hassle free, after a great evening.

    All in all a fantastic opportunity to see a great band up close, in such a stunning setting, with great food.  Highly recommended.  And visitors still have until the 14th August to enjoy more concerts by Raphael (11th), Julio Iglesias (12th) and Estopa (14th), or simply go up and enjoy the setting and take in the great food and enjoy a drink. 

    I can't wait to see next year's line up too!

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