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Violinist Ara Malikian was among the artists who performed in 2020.
Violinist Ara Malikian was among the artists who performed in 2020. / AFP

Lineup continues to grow for this summer's Starlite Festival in Marbella

  • International stars who had to cancel last year, such as Tom Jones and Lionel Richie, hope to make it to the Nagüeles stage in 2021

After paving the way for a new era of 'Covid-free' concerts in the summer of last year, the Starlite Catalana Occidente festival is set to return this summer to celebrate its ten-year anniversary in Marbella.

Due to be held between 2 July and 28 August, this festival has already announced an array of international stars, many of whom were unable to travel to Spain last year because of Covid-19 restrictions. So far, the confirmed international lineup includes iconic faces such as Lionel Richie, Tom Jones, Passenger, Ozuna, Simple Minds, Sebastián Yatra, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Maluma, Il Divo, Ara Malikian and Bonnie Tyler (although her postponed performance date is yet to be confirmed).

National stars such as Raphael, Pablo López, Rozalen, Aitana and David Bisbal will also grace the auditorium stage for the 2021 edition of the Marbella boutique festival.

Starlite prides itself as one of the few "emblematic festivals" held worldwide in demonstrating how a "safe culture" can be implanted in the live music industry.

The founder, Sandra García-Sanjuan, previously commented on how they have adapted their venue to be safer in the light of social distancing guidelines.

With capacity reduced to 1,500 spectators per concert and no recorded incidents related to Covid-19 last year, García-Sanjuan said, "Starlite Catalana Occidente's rigorous compliance with health regulations has led it to be an example throughout the world of the return of live music to the stage."

Tickets already purchased for postponed concerts last year will remain valid for the new dates, or they can even be exchanged for any other festival performance. Seats are now on sale on the festival's website with a wide choice of options up to VIP boxes.

Alongside the concert experience the venue continues its traditional blend of music, culture and gastronomy in its wide selection of "gastro spaces", which include "finger foods, signature tapas and trendy cuisine". Alternatively, the Starlite Restaurant, with reservation availability, is open both before and after the concerts.