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Reliving the retro culture of the 1950s

Women dressed up for last year's edition of the event.
Women dressed up for last year's edition of the event. / EFE
  • The Rockin Race Jamboree returns to Torremolinos this weekend

Lovers of rock 'n' roll will enjoy the 24th edition of the Rockin Race Jamboree, which began on Thursday.

More than 30 bands, solo artists and specialised disc jockeys will present a weekend of traditional American roots music at the Príncipe de Asturias auditorium in Torremolinos. There will also be free live shows in the Hotel Barracuda and in several of the bars in Torremolinos, La Carihuela and Montemar.

Nominated for 'best music festival' at the forthcoming Ameripolitan music awards in Memphis, this lively rock 'n' roll extravaganza presents many top acts from the UK, Spain, France and the USA.

The event attracts aficionados from all over Europe, most of whom turn out in typical 50's attire, complete with rebellious hairstyles and funky retro makeup.

Headlining this year's festival is veteran rocker, Chris Montez, an American guitarist and vocalist whose sound is exemplified in songs such as Let's Dance, Monkey Fever and The More I See You.

Multi-million selling Montez has performed on some of the top stages of the world, sharing the bill with The Beatles, The Platters, Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson.

The festival will also feature Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, a swing-boogie band from California. The group, which has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, was formed in the late 1980s and specialises in the country boogie style of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Other artists scheduled to appear are Wayne Hancock, billed the undisputed king of juke joint swing - a mixture of honky-tonk, rockabilly and big band.

The Fuzillis, from the UK, and French rockers, Jake Calypso and his Red Hot, both deliver an authentic roots rockabilly sound and will also participate.

The festival got under way on Thursday, with the 'Rocking Barbecue by the Pool', an afternoon of rock 'n' roll music supplied by various DJs in the Hotel Barracuda before The Vargas Brothers (USA) and Si Craunston (UK) performed on the main stage at the Príncipe de Asturias auditorium.

The music continues at the Hotel Barracuda from midday on Friday, followed by further shows in the auditorium from 9pm. These will include British bands, The Doel Brothers and the Savage Hornets.

The popular Classic Car Show, featuring vintage Cadillacs, Chevrolets and customised station wagons, will be held in Plaza La Nogalera at midday on Saturday 3 February. The afternoon offers a series of live concerts on the main bandstand, as well as free lessons in classic dance routines like the jitter-bug and the sock-hop.

The main event of the festival will take place in the auditorium from 8pm on Saturday, when six bands, including Chris Montez, Trickbag and The Lonely Blues Boys, will deliver a night of nostalgia for the lovers of traditional music of the 1950s. The festival will come to a close on Sunday, when several specialist disc jockeys and bands will entertain throughout the day in the Hotel Barracuda.

Tickets for the shows in the auditorium cost 35 euros, or a bonus weekend pass costs 70 euros. www.rockinrace.com