The first six acts have been announced for this year's MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling music festival, which takes place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September at the Victoria Stadium. This is the biggest music event of the year, and it goes from strength to strength.
Fans of Stormzy will be delighted to learn that he will headline the Main Stage; his album 'Gang Signs & Prayers' was the first grime release to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart, and in the past month he has picked up two Brit awards as well as the Global Award for Best RnB, Hip Hop or Grime. Stormzy has only booked four performance dates this summer, so his visit to Gibraltar will be keenly-awaited.
Also on the Main Stage will be newcomer Rag'n'Bone Man, whose single 'Human' has had over 460 million views on YouTube. He is already excited about this forthcoming opportunity: “Big up Gibraltar Calling Festival for putting me on the bill in September, it's gunna be a banger!”, he announced on social media.
Rag'n'Bone Man will be joined by Irish indie legends Two Door Cinema Club, whose transatlantic hits include 'What You Know' and 'Something Good Can Work'.
On Friday night Gibraltar will be dancing the night away in front of the Classic Stage, which will celebrate 40 years of disco music with the iconic Sister Sledge belting out classics such as 'We Are Family' and 'Lost In Music'. They are equally as excited at the prospect, posting: “We can't wait to come plant our feet on its shores and get lost in music!!! We treasure the privilege to perform on this wonderland with our friends! Looking forward to seeing you all at the party on the Rock!”
Headlining the classic stage on the Saturday night will be 70's American singersongwriter Suzi Quatro, who reached number one in the UK and other European countries and Australia with her singles 'Can the Can' and 'Devil Gate Drive'. She will be joined by legendary punk band The Boomtown Rats, whose frontman Bob Geldof founded the “global jukebox” that was Live Aid in 1985.
These acts are just a taster of what is to come this September. More announcements will follow.