After months of preparations, the Goldies fundraising team staged their Music Story festival for Cudeca in the Benalmádena auditorium last weekend.
Hundreds of music lovers enjoyed a two-day extravaganza that featured hits of the last 60 years, including tributes to Elvis, The Beatles, Abba, The Who and Queen.
Some of the highlights of the festival, with a lineup of more than 20 acts, were the performances by reggae singer, Magnet Man, who got the crowd jumping to well-known hits by Bob Marley, and Mr Maph and Simone, who delivered their gospel-influenced soul music.
The Who tribute, performed by One Wish Steve, was also spectacular, as four classic Lambretta scooters from Los Motos Locos club in Benalmádena were driven on stage during his opening number.
The crowd was won over on both nights by the performance by the Banana Studios, a local music and dance school that offered renditions of classic pop songs accompanied by energetic dance routines. These dedicated youngsters had spent weeks rehearsing for the show and their performance really got the crowd excited and shouting for more.
However, it was not only the dozens of musicians, singers and dancers that worked hard to keep the show running smoothly; while the audience, and the entertainers, were having a good time, those back stage had little chance to enjoy the show. Roadies had only a few minutes to change the stage sets, dragging drum kits and amplifiers off stage, between acts.
The sound and lighting crews worked against the odds to keep the ball rolling, and the presenters were also kept on their toes, having to ad-lib during the occasional breakdown in communication.
They were among the dozens of Cudeca volunteers, security and medical officials, stage hands and bar staff who worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone had a fabulous time.
Cudeca founder, Joan Hunt, sent a special video message in which she personally thanked everyone involved , while Carlos White acknowledged SUR in English for its continued support.
Ana Scherman, councillor for foreign residents, spoke on behalf of Benalmádena town hall, congratulating Cudeca for the excellent service it has provided over the last 25 years.
The festival proved to be a resounding success for the Cudeca Goldies, netting more than 8,000 euros for the cancer hospice.