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The week-long Wonder Gay Festival returns to Torremolinos

Alaska performing at last year’s Wonder Gay Festival.
Alaska performing at last year’s Wonder Gay Festival. / SUR
  • Events will be held in several of the town's gay bars, where national and international disc jockeys, drag queens and entertainers will pull out all the stops

Torremolinos is gearing up for yet another huge party aimed at the LGBTI community.

The Wonder Gay Festival, which will take place from Monday 24 until Sunday 30 July, is a week of gay themed fiestas and musical events which will take place at different venues in the town centre and on the beaches of El Bajondillo.

The week-long festival will culminate with a concert by Rosa López - former winner of Operación Triunfo - in the bullring on Saturday night.

Events will be held in several of the town’s gay bars, where national and international disc jockeys, drag queens and entertainers will pull out all the stops to make this festival the highlight of the summer gay calendar in Torremolinos.

Parthenon, The Aqua Club and Lucifers are just a few of the venues that will take part in a cavalcade of organised parties and the lovers of sun, beach and music can enjoy a special daytime programme that will include a pool party in the newly-opened Hotel Ritual. A series of beach parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with performances by internationally-renowned guest DJs such as Pistol Pete and Miguel Picasso, will take place on Eden Beach, one of Torremolinos’ most popular gay hotspots.

However, the main event will be held in the bullring on Saturday 29 July, with a concert from Rosa López, who will perform her latest album, Kairos. Rosa found fame in 2001 after winning the Spanish reality television talent show Operación Triunfo. Following her triumph in the competition she went on to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 and has subsequently released seven studio albums.

The huge party will culminate with the Matrix Party, a spectacular event that will continue until sunrise, featuring live performances and several popular DJs, including Danny Green, Ana Paula and Moguel.

The Closing Party will be held at the Aqua Club on Sunday and will feature top record spinner Pistol Pete.

Municipal sources have said that this event joins the others that are positioning the town as one of the most important LGTBI destinations in Spain after Barcelona and Madrid.

Ticket prices vary and a special bonus ticket is available to cover all events over the weekend. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the festival website or directly at the box office the day of the event.