Big names for big summer concerts

Sting will be in concert at Sohail Castle in Fuengirola on 17 July.
Sting will be in concert at Sohail Castle in Fuengirola on 17 July. / EFE
  • Elton John, Art Garfunkel and Sting are just three of the many stars appearing at concerts on the coast

The Costa del Sol has been home to some huge music extravaganzas this summer and there are still more to come.

This weekend was one dominated by the Los Alamos Beach Festival in Torremolinos, while the Starlite Festival got under way in Marbella.

The Los Alamos Beach Festival kicked off on Thursday and continued throughout the weekend, climaxing on Sunday. This gigantic beach party, situated next to the Torremolinos camping site, presents some of the top DJs in the business and several thousand people saw top record-spinners like Martin Garrix, and duo Axwell and Ingrosso.

The sixth edition of the Starlite Festival also got under way, with the celebrated white soul voice of Anastacia returning to the stage on Saturday, giving way to Art Garfunkel on Sunday.

The former musical partner of singer Paul Simon, has been performing for more than 40 years and he is considered to have one of the most recognisable voices in popular music. This will be an unmissable occasion for lovers of the great classics of the 60s and 70s.

There is plenty more to see this week alone with the King of Salsa and Bachata, Juan Luis Guerra, making his debut appearance on the Starlite stage on Tuesday, 18 July. The award-winning Dominican singer/songwriter will perform hits from his latest album, Everything Has its Time.

Anna Netrebko, one of the most acclaimed sopranos in the world and her husband, the rising tenor Yusif Eyvazov, will offer a special concert on 19 July. They will perform excerpts of some of the most famous Italian operas.

However, one of the highlights of the week takes place on Thursday, when one of the most celebrated British artists of all time, Sir Elton John, will perform for the first time at Starlite. This spectacular concert is part of his international tour, Wonderful Crazy Night. The show will include his most emblematic hits and classics from five decades of his incredible career, as well as a selection of songs from his latest studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night.

Lovers of British music of the 70s and 80s will also enjoy a concert by Sting, the former front man of The Police, at Sohail Castle in Fuengirola tonight, 17 July.

During the concert, which forms part of the town’s Marenostrum Music Castle Park Festival, Sting will present songs from his latest album, 57th and 9th, his first recording in more than ten years.

Sting, 65, is currently on a long international tour to promote the album. He performed in Madrid and Barcelona earlier this month and his gig in Fuengirola will be the last in Spain, before heading off to the Moon and Stars Festival in Switzerland.

The concert will include hits like Roxanne, Message in a Bottle and An Englishman in New York, and Sting’s skillfully-crafted arrangements keep these classic songs as fresh as they were when he first introduced them over three decades ago.

Sting was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for The Police from 1977 to 1984, before launching a solo career.

As a solo musician and a member of The Police, he has received 16 Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards - including Best British Male in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002 - a Golden Globe, an Emmy and four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Police in 2003. In 2000, he also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2003, Sting received a CBE for services to music and was awarded the Polar Music Prize in 2017.

Sting became one of the world’s best-selling music artists; selling over 100 million records during his long career.

The Fuengirola concert will include special guest artist, Ara Malikian, a Madrid-based musician of Lebanese origin who is considered one of Spain’s top violinists.

Ticket prices range from 60 to 132 euros. The show begins at 9pm, with Sting scheduled to appear at 11pm.