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  • Seal Marbella

    The global, and 30 million album selling, English artist Seal lit up the night last Monday at the Puente Romano Beach Resort in Marbella.

    Seal burst onto the stage just after 10pm, performing the energetic Crazy singing his way through the crowd from the back of the stadium onto the stage.  This best seller was then backed up with the well-known Solitary Brother.  Two of his best known and most energetic numbers to get the crowd up on their feet.

    Under a moonlit sky on a beautiful balmy Marbella evening Seal continued to perform a number of ballads, working his way into the crowd and telling the security guys to go and rest while he performed in among his fans.  His rendition of the Tears for Fears hit Mad World got the crowd dancing. 

    He was very interactive talking with the crowd on many occasions, discussing his family, the seating arrangements and introducing the number one ranked tennis star Novak Djokovic who was enjoying the concert along with the rest of the crowd!  

    The Puente Romano on the glamorous Marbella Golden Mile is a superb venue for this type of thing.  We are not talking a huge arena or a football stadium. This is basically a tennis court, albeit a very glamorous centre court.  It is a very intimate venue with every seat in the house enjoying superb views, up close to the artist.

    Seal proved to a very popular act here in Marbella, with all the seats selling out prior to the concert. A great performer who completed almost 2 hours on stage, ending the night, along with the crowd, singing probably his most famous hit – Kiss From a Rose!  A great finish to a great moonlit balmy evening in a great venue!

    For those who are too late for Seal, Marbella’s famous Starlite Festival is in full swing at the moment offering numerous great acts, and the organisers of this concert’s other headline act Simply Red are due on stage in Fuengirola, on 18th August.

    You can see our full Seal in Marbella image gallery on the YouGoDo facebook page

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  • Live Music in Marbella this Summer

    Marbella music fans, both locals and visitors, are being treated to some great line-ups for the summer of 2016. 

    Big names playing in the Marbella area this year include Simply Red, Tom Jones, Seal, Status Quo, Kaiser Chiefs, the Stereophonics, Jess Glynn, Brian Ferry, Toploader,  and the All Saints.

    Simply Red have the epic pleasure of rocking the famous old Sohail Castle on the outskirts of Fuengirola on August 18th.  A great venue in this historic open roofed venue at the top of a small hill.  Enjoy a drink and take in the summer breezes while enjoying the music.

    Seal is playing the famous 5* Puente Romano Beach Resort on Monday 18th July.  A very exclusive and intimate venue for a concert which takes part using the seating from the centre court of the resort’s tennis club.  A great place to enjoy cocktails and feel up close to the artist.See Simply Red in Fuengirola

    The Kaiser Chiefs take to the stage in the Pozuelo Torremolinos Football Stadium on 6th August.

    Tom Jones and Status Quo are part of a huge lineup playing at Marbella’s ever popular and growing Starlite Festival.  This huge event running from the 14th July through to the 20th August feature s superb lineup of artists including Robert Plant, Santana, Charles Aznavour, Il Divo, Malu and The Corrs.

    These high society Marbella concerts take place in the old Quarry set into the dramatic La Concha mountain which towers over Marbella.  The whole area is converted into an open air auditorium, and excellent concert  venue complete with exclusive catering, bars and a lively late night disco.

    Starlite Marbella, which started in 2012, is considered one of Europe’s greatest social events featuring not only music but also including gastronomy, disco, arts, fashion and cinema.

    As usual the Gibraltar Music Festival, which takes place on the 3rd and 4th of September 2016, features a superb line up with a great mix of  acts to keep the old and young listeners happy!  The Stereophonics, All Saints, KT Tunstall, Jesse Glynne, Brian Ferry, Toploader, Rosario and the local band Frontiers are among the many bands in this years event.  Like Starlite this event has grown dramatically in the past few years moving from a single evening, single stage event to a multi day and multi stage festival.  Another great location for an open air concert with the dramatic rock of Gibraltar as the backdrop.

    Summer in Marbella is a great time to go and watch a concert, with the evening temperatures superb for enjoying music outdoors in the evening breezes.  Get along and enjoy one of the many great concerts.

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  • Marbella Starlite Festival 2014

    Starlite Festival 2014January is a great time to be thinking about hot balmy summer nights spent listening to great live music before retiring to the bar and all night disco, at a great venue overlooking Marbella. In short a great time to be looking forward to the summer 2014 Starlite Festival in Marbella.

    When is the 2014 Starlite Festival?

    The 2014 Starlite festival will take place from the 23rd July until the 23rd August.

    Who is playing at the 2014 Starlite Festival?

    Although it’s only January the organisers have been hard at work since last years’ event putting together a great line up for the summer of 2014. This year’s line-up includes:

    Churcho Valdez

    Thursday 24th July 2014 One of the opening acts this year. With 3 Latin Grammys and 5 Grammys, Churcho Valdez the pianist, composer and Cuban arranger, is currently the most influent figure in Cuban afro-jazz.

    Marta Sanchez and Gloria Gaynor

    Wednesday 6th August I can hear you singing it inside you head now ‘At first I was afraid I was petrified, kept thinking I could never live without you by my side….I will survive……”. You have to go along just to hear the legendary Gloria Gaynor sing that song! This show matches Gloria with Marta Sanchez, the famous Spanish pop singer with a host of hits including Desesperada, Soy Yo and Get Together. The show titled DIVAS is sure to have the whole Marbella audience up dancing.

    Sergio Dalma

    Thursday 7th August 2014 An artist whose career launched in 1991 with the ballade ‘Bailar Pegados’. Sergio has sold more than 500,000 copies and has been awarded with several gold and platinum discs, as well as the ‘Disc of the Year’ in 2010 for his album ‘Trece’.

    Julio Iglesis

    Wednesday 13th August 2014 A firm favourite at the Starlite Festival and a global and Spanish favourite too. This year the multi award winning, and bestselling Spanish speaking artist of all times, will become becoming the only international artist ever to perform at the Starlist festival for three consecutive years.

    Dani Martin

    Thursday 14th August 2014 One of the most important Spanish artists of the last 15 years. He headed the successful pop-rock group, El Canto del Loco, a band which beat innumerable previous records.

    Rosario

    Saturday 16th August A coach on the Spanish version of the popular TV Show ‘The Voice’, Rosario performs a special mix of Rumba, Flamenco and Art.

    Kool and the Gang

    Tuesday 19th August 2014 Having sold over 70m albums worldwide with a plethora of hits including the likes of Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness, Celebration, Cherish, and Open Sesame, Kool and the Gang are music legends with a host of Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Top Ten and gold and platinum albums. The longest running R&B group in history there are sure to put on a show which gets the crowd on their feet.

    Tribute to ABBA

    Thursday 21st August 2014 What could be better than a balmy evening in Marbella, a few drinks and snacks and then a night listening to this great tribute bad, who have played in over 20 countries playing the legendary hits from the Swedish originals such as playing the most ICONIC hits from ABBA, including ‘Money, Money, Money’, Waterloo, ‘Winner Takes It All’, Mamma Mia,” SOS, ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’, and Dancing Queen.

    And the beat goes on….

    No doubt more acts will join this line up as the year progresses – watch this space!

    Where is the Starlite Festival?

    The Starlite Festival takes place at the superb Cantera de Marbella venue, a luxurious temporary venue in a disused quarry blasted into the famous La Concha Mountain, near Nagueles and Sierra Blanca. It is well signposted during the event and after parking a fleet of air conditioned mini coaches efficiently ferry guests up to the venue.

    Is it just concerts?

    No the event is home to fine dining, bars and a disco and home to numerous other great non concert events.

    Where can I get tickets?

    Try the event website - http://www.starlitefestival.com Looking forward to it already - Mojitos and music and warm breezes!

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  • Bananarama and the Human League to play Marbella

    Bananarama Marbella ConcertStrong rumours suggest 80's mega-bands Bananarama and the Human League are set to play Marbella, at the Puente Romana Tennis Club venue on 12th August 2013.

    A great double bill, fans of 80's popular music will be able to enjoy a great night at this small intimate venue, which is basically centre court of the tennis club, ensuring great views, up close to the artists.

    Bananarama were huge, the biggest selling female band at the time, with hits including Venus, Love in the First Degree, I Want You Back, Robert de Niro's Waiting, Really Saying Something and Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.

    Sheffield band Human League had a equally big list of hits and number ones including Mirror Man, Fascination, Don't You Want Me, The Lebanon and Together in Electric Dreams.  

    As a person of a certain age I remember them all too well!  The Saab Turbo in the music video, "You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar when I met you....."

    Human League Marbella Concert
    Bring it on - hope it is true, and if so I look forward to a balmy Marbella summer night, in great surroundings listening to some iconic 80's pop music!

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  • More things to do in Marbella Summer 2013

    A few quick updates and additions to the things to do in Marbella this summer:

    For Horse Lovers the Costa del Sol's main horse racing track, Hipodromo Costa del Sol is hosting a weekend celebrating Purebread Andalusian Horses this weekend - 23th - 25th May 2013.

    For music lovers it has been announced this week that Jamie Cullum and UB40 will also be performing at the Starlite Festival.  Although separately - but it would be an entertaining mix!  

    Ali Campbell's multi-million record selling reggae band UB40 will be playing their great sounds on August 21st.  UB40's reggae music will be superb to chill out to, on a balmy hot evening at the Auditorium overlooking Marbella.  Their greatest hits include the likes of Red Red Wine, Rat In My Kitchen, Kingston Town, I Got You Babe and I Cant Help Falling In Love. I have had the pleasure of seeing them perform twice in the past in Oman and last year in Gibraltar, and on both occasions they have been superb.  

    Jamie Cullum will be the first major artist playing the festival when he takes to the stage on 27th July.  The famous English jazz musician will be playing his hits like All At Sea, Everlasting Love and Frontin.  Another great genre of music to chill out to this summer in Marbella.

    And finally for lovers of luxury the Marbella Luxury Weekend, highlighting great food, drinks, cars, boats, etc will be taking place this year in Puerto Banus (where else!) from 30th May until the 2nd June 2013.  

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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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  • More things to do in Marbella this August

    Simple Minds in Marbella in August 2012 as part of the Starlite FestivalThose looking to enjoy some great music in great surrounding with superb food should get hold of tickets to the remaining Starlite Festival music concerts held in the Marbella Auditorium, a dramatic setting, just north of the town in the mountain side in an old quarry.  Concerts still to be played as I type include:

    09/08/12 Simple Minds

    11/08/12 Raphael

    12/08/12 Julio Iglesias

    14/08/12 Estopa

    Or maybe support Positively Pink, the only Breast cancer charity on the Costa del Sol, and have fun with a combination of Zumba and Horse Racing at the Mijas Costa Hipodromo, in between La Cala and Fuengirola.  On August 17th August, starting at 7pm there will be Flamenco, Singing and Bellydance before an hour and a half of Zumbathon where you can join in the zumba party with Rachel M and afterwards relax and enjoy the fantastic horseracing!

    Tickets (to include joining in the zumbathon, horseracing, dancing and drinks) are 10 euros - available from:

    zumbawithrachel@ymail.com
    El Oceano Hotel, Mijas
    Aqua Wellness Gimnasio, Coin.

    Positively Pink ask you to please come along & support this important cause, and have a great fun-filled evening and share a shimmy!

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