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Fans flock to see stars at Gibraltar music festival

Take That took to the stage on Sunday.
Take That took to the stage on Sunday. / LESLEY POSSO
  • Faced with criticism on social media, organisers have apologised for access issues to the Classic stage

Thousands of music fans descended on the Rock to watch some of the world's most famous musicians at the Gibraltar Calling Music Festival last weekend.

Now in its eighth year, the two-day event sold out just days before the festival gates opened at the brand new stadium at the southern tip of Gibraltar.

Featuring an impressive line-up, the festival saw world class acts take to the stage including Enrique Iglesias, Liam Gallagher, Tom Walker, the Lighthouse Family and Take That.

Set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea and with views across to Morocco, Spanish heart throb Enrique Iglesias wowed fans on Saturday night with his vast back catalogue of hits and an impressive laser show.

Meanwhile English boy band Take That were the stars of Sunday evening, belting out hit after hit and celebrating their 30 year anniversary as a band.

Other acts included Rick Astley, King Calaway, Melanie C, Goldierocks, Sigala, Peter Doherty, Nazareth, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Uriah Heep, 10cc, David Essex, Slade and Killer Queen.

There was no shortage of local bands at the festival this year with 11 taking to the stage, namely: Bob and the Boys, Esc4pe, Jacver, Jetstream, The Views, Thrifty Malone, Crimson Clover, Dead City Radio, Reach and The Layla Rose Band.

This year saw the performances spread over two stages, the Main Stage and the Classic Stage.

Complaints

A number of teething problems at the new location saw fans take to social media to vent their frustration at long queues for drinks and food, and not being able to see acts on the Classic Stage, which was located inside the sports complex and quickly reached capacity.

Responding to criticism of this year's festival, a spokesman said: "Whilst some queues were to be expected, we are proud that queuing time to enter the venue this year was no longer than past years at Victoria Stadium.

"However, we acknowledge that there were longer than expected queueing times at the token booth, which by no means was the fault of the fantastic staff running this stand.

"We are aware there were issues with access to the Classic Stage and we would like to extend a sincere apology to all those who were disappointed with access."

"However, due to the structure of the sports hall where this stage has been built, access to this stage has to be strictly controlled to meet fire and safety legislation."

Previous years saw the festival held at Victoria Stadium, but due to an international football game between Gibraltar and Denmark on 5 September, the event was switched to the south of the rock.

The capacity for this year's festival was also down from 15,000 in previous years, to 10,000.