Biggest turnout yet for Marbella Irish festival

Irish music fans in Marbella last weekend.
Irish music fans in Marbella last weekend. / Jordan Quinlan
  • Thousands packed the town's Parque de la Constitución to bursting point for the annual Irish International Music Festival

A bigger turnout than expected saw more than 5,000 revellers pack a Marbella park for the town's annual Irish International Music Festival last weekend.

During the three-day event, a number of Irish and Spanish performers took to the stage in the Parque de la Constitución - including popular Irish folk musician Finbar Furey.

The event featured music workshops, food stalls, gin bars, street performers and a family day on Sunday.

Among the other acts performing were Stone Free, the Art Club Band, Spiders from Marbs, Thrifty Malone, Blues Stompers, Fraces Celebres, Colm Fitzpatrick, Ras Tikki and Ciaran Farell.

Organised in collaboration with the Irish Association Marbella, Marbella town hall and the Claddagh Irish Bar, the event was the biggest yet in its three-year history.

One of the organisers, Colm Fitzpatrick, 32, who is originally from Cork, Ireland, and has lived in San Pedro since January 2017, told SUR in English: "It was huge and we had more people than expected.

"On Friday there was a big crowd and on Saturday the numbers grew and grew from 12pm and by the time Finbar came on at 9pm it was packed. There were people standing all the way to the back of the park."

Colm added that people of all ages and nationalities attended the event.

Colm, who was also playing at the event, added that one of the highlights for him was performing with Finbar.

He said: "On the poster it said 'Finbar and Guests', then I found out that the guest was me. His son was supposed to be playing with him, but he couldn't as he had another gig, so it was just the two of us on stage. He was a machine and absolutely incredible."

In addition to Irish music, there was a number of Spanish bands playing blues, jazz and rock throughout the weekend.

Colm added: "It was a great turnout and there was something for everyone over the weekend."