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A dose of nostalgia at the Starlite Festival

 Jay Kay from Jamiroquai lit up the Starlite stage.
Jay Kay from Jamiroquai lit up the Starlite stage. / Jorge Rey
  • Those inside the Nagüeles quarry were treated to timeless classics from Sting and Jamiroquai, with Shaggy adding some Caribbean spice to the occasion

Marbella. Some things just don't change. Sting arrived at Marbella's Starlite Festival with his glowing grin fully intact, and with an array of timeless classics to thrill his audience, while London band Jamiroquai inspired with much the same energy and excitement that they have achieved for the last 25 years on tour.

Sting was accompanied last Friday by Jamaican artist Shaggy, who added some reggae rhythm to the party. The pair have come together to combine their musical influences, releasing their album '44/876' this April.

One of the highlights of the show was the performance of 'So Lonely' - a 1978 hit from The Police - delivered with such youthful exuberance, while the collaboration for 'Angel' transported audiences back 20 years, to prove again that some songs never age.

The fusion of styles may not have been to everybody's taste, most notably for 'Englishman in New York' with its traditionally British-style harmonies, but with crowdpleasers 'Every Breath You Take' and 'Fragile' they concluded an enjoyable and experimental concert.

As for Jamiroquai's performance on Monday, the first switching on of lights and the arrival of the opening chords, stirred a tireless atmosphere that persisted throughout their time on stage.

The medley of funk and acid jazz began with 'Shake it On' from their latest album Automaton, and they continued with some of their most popular tracks, including ' Little L' which was followed by 'Use the Force' and 'Space Cowboy' to get the show started.

As ever, vocalist Jay Kay was unable to remain still for more than two seconds, setting the tone for an energised night. Nuances such as his subtle shake of the hips rose admirers to their feet in what was one of Marbella's standout acts this summer.