Danza Invisible to open the Marbella Rockaneando festival

Danza Invisible will headline Friday's concert in Marbella.
Danza Invisible will headline Friday's concert in Marbella. / SUR
  • The bullring in Marbella will also host Farruquito and Raphael this weekend

The bullring in Marbella will play host to the Rockaneando live music festival this weekend. Organised by the Marbella town hall, this pop and rock extravaganza will begin on Friday 15 September with a concert by local pop sensation Danza Invisible.

The three-day festival will continue on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September and will feature the sensational flamenco dancer, Farruquito, and Spanish crooner, Raphael.

Friday’s concert will present a mixture of musical styles delivered by bands such as rockabilly Rebelde, Barcelona rockers, Trogloditas, and local pop band, Pantano. The main attraction of the event will be Javier Ojeda and his band, Danza Invisible.

Danza Invisible was part of the renowned Movida Madrileña, a countercultural movement that emerged during the first years of post-Franco Spain. The group has recorded 21 albums and 32 singles and their musical career can be distinguished by two musical genres. The first is characterised by an avant-garde sound inspired by British groups like Simple Minds and The Police. The second stage moves towards black and Caribbean music.

The ticket office in the bullring will open at 8pm and the show will start at 10pm. Tickets for the concert, which will last for more than three hours, will cost 13.50 euros in advance, or 18 euros on the door.

Farruquito and Raphael

Farruquito will perform his deep-rooted style of flamenco dance along with various members of his large clan on Saturday night. They will be joined on stage by special guest musician, Melody, a 27-year-old singer from Dos Hermanas in Seville.

Farruquito was born into the heart of a gypsy flamenco family and he was raised and nurtured by his grandfather, El Farruco, one of the greatest dancers in the history of flamenco. His first stage appearance was at the age of five when he performed alongside his grandfather in the show Flamenco Puro, which premiered on Broadway, but it was his role in the Carlos Saura film, Flamenco, that was to be his springboard into the world of flamenco fame.

On Sunday night, Raphael, one of Spain’s most popular singers, returns to the Marbella hoping to repeat the success of his performance on the same stage last year.

Raphael is a worldwide acclaimed singer and actor. A pioneer of modern Spanish music, especially the copla; he is considered a major influence in having opened the door and paving the way to the flood of Spanish singers that followed in the wake of his enormous success. Raphael is a showman to say the least and his emotion-charged lyrics and dramatic stage presence has entertained people worldwide for more than five decades.

He is sure to perform most of his greatest hits, including Mi Gran Noche, Digan lo que Digan and his signature song, Yo Soy Aquél, which he performed in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1966.

Both concerts start at 9pm and tickets, which start at 22.50 euros for Farruquito and 38.50 euros for Raphael, are available online or from the ticket office on the night of the show.