STARLITE FESTIVAL, MARBELLA
The Starlite Festival is an incredible international event of music and culture, and is held annually in July and August, this year`s event runs from 14 July to 10 August. The fairy tale setting for this month long gathering of live concerts and exhibitions, is a disused quarry in Nagüeles, on the outskirts of Marbella. The setting is intimate, surrounded by high stone walls, where the audience feels at one with the performer, living and breathing with the stars!
I suppose it`s true to say that the precursor of the Starlite Festival took place in 1983, when a music event was organised by Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, founder of the Marbella Club, Julio Iglesias and the famous tenor, Plácido Domingo. Due to it`s amazing acoustic qualities, these artists performed in the Nagüeles quarry for the very first time. It then remained abandoned and unused, until in 2012, when the Starlite Festival as we know it today, became an important international event in the calendar, giving many local people much needed employment.
Each year there is a huge array of performances by famous stars, and the opportunity is also given to newer artists to be seen and heard. During this month long event, a daily schedule is planned, including art exhibitions, film premieres and fashion shows, showcasing many of Spain`s up and coming young designers and models.
If you`re interested in finding out more about any part of the festival schedule, go to the following web-site:
Telephone: 902 750 787
Amongst the artists performing this year are: Robert Plant, Santana, Tom Jones, Alejandro Sanz, The Corrs and Status Quo.
One of the most unforgettable ways to experience this incredible festival, is to reserve one of the VIP ́bubble boxes`, only 13 metres away from the stage and your favourite star, certainly the best seats in the house! Reserving one of these, allows you access to selected reserved areas, waiter service, VIP parking and of course a chance to mingle with the stars.
Whilst soaking in the atmosphere of the venue, you will be surrounded by many well known international celebrities, sportspeople, politicians and socialites all enjoying the amazing performances.
Throughout the month long festival, an open air disco takes place each night, providing some high class entertainment for the more energetic.
There are plenty of gourmet dining areas from which to choose, and during each week of the festival, one night is dedicated to creating an open air cinema for major film premieres.
The most prestigious event to take place as part of the Starlite Festival is the Gala Dinner, hosted by Antonio Banderas and attended by numerous international celebrities. An incredible amount of money is raised from this function and donated to various charities.
The Starlite Festival is now recognised as one of the most important social and entertainment events in Spain, and as a result of this, has been awarded the ́Marca de España` seal, representing Spain`s values to the rest of the world.
The Starlite experience is certainly not one to be missed, and is simply incomparable to any other concert venues. If you`re in the Marbella area, it`s well worth a visit!