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The Rhum Runners will perform in Torremolinos.
The Rhum Runners will perform in Torremolinos. / SUR

Rock 'n' rollin'

  • The Rockin Race Jamboree is expected to attract around 3,000 people to Torremolinos over the weekend

Torremolinos is gearing up to host the twenty-third edition of the Rockin Race Jamboree, considered to be the best rock 'n' roll festival in Europe and it has certainly become one of the most popular annual events in Torremolinos.

Thirty groups consisting of more than 150 musicians will be taking part, and organisers are expecting an influx of 3,000 people over the weekend.

Four nights of live music will include performances by some of the most popular musicians from across Europe and America.

The festival kicks off with a special presentation at the Barracuda Hotel on Wednesday 1 February. The show, which is free, begins at 9pm.

The main events of the festival will be held at the municipal auditorium from Thursday 2 until Saturday 4 February. However, the festival will climax on Sunday 5 February at the Barracuda Hotel, where several groups will perform a series of free concerts throughout the afternoon.

The festival also includes several free concerts in the Plaza La Nogalera in Torremolinos and in the Plaza del Remo in La Carhiuela.

What's more, there will be a parade of classic, pre-1965 American automobiles. This impressive cavalcade will arrive in the Plaza La Nogalera at 1pm on Saturday 4 February.

Thousands of fans will descend on the town from all over Europe; most of whom will dress-up in nostalgic attire of the 1950s.

Drapes, brothel creepers, poodle skirts and beehives take over the town and the ambience is one of good old fashioned rock'n'roll.

Visitors will have the opportunity to brush up on their jive skills, during rock 'n' roll dance classes given by The Jitterbugs Company.

The free lessons will be held in the Plaza la Nogalera at 1pm on Saturday 4 February.

There will also be two live performances on the bandstand in the square. The Royal Rooster, from Madrid, will kick off the proceedings at midday, followed by the TT Syndicate at 2pm.

These performances will transport music lovers on a journey that mixes the elegance of the big bands, the festive spirit of Dixieland and the vibrant excitement of the 1960s Mersey beat.

Meanwhile, in the Plaza del Remo in Carhiuela, live performances by local band, Bert Blackmont and The Bucks, will begin at 12pm, followed by The Ragtones at 1pm.

The main stage in the Príncipe de Asturias auditorium will host some of the most renowned rock 'n' roll groups on the European circuit, some of whom have been regular performers at this annual musical extravaganza.

These will include special guest musician Dale Watson and His Lone Stars, a celebrated American artist who will be performing his first concert in Spain.

Also on the bill are The Rhythm Shakers, The Dragtones, Smokestack Lightnin', The Cactus Blossoms, The Big Six, The Rhum Runners, The Royal Roosters, Barney and The Rhythm Allstars and Bert Blackmont & The Bucks.

Concerts at the auditorium will begin at 10pm and continue until 5am; several top international DJs will entertain in between shows.