Fuengirola is gearing up for the twenty-third edition of the Festival Ciudad de Fuengirola, which incorporates Marenostrum Music Castle Park, a calendar of live music events that will continue throughout the year.
The concerts will be held in Sohail Castle and will include Spanish, South American and British acts. Last year's festival presented celebrated musicians like Sting, Simply Red and Revolver, and this year's line-up is shaping up to be even better.
During last week's press conference, mayor of Fuengirola, Ana Mula, revealed that the acts confirmed to participate this year include El Barrio, James Rhodes, José Mercé, Bad Bunny and Carlos Santana. She also reported that many more artists would be confirmed in the next few weeks, promising that this year's event would be more varied than the previous.
“Last year surpassed all previous editions and around 30,000 people enjoyed the festival. Without a doubt, we are going to enjoy this year more, because we are presenting a wider variety of music that will appeal to everyone,” the mayor said.
The festival kicks off on Saturday 12 May when top DJ, Solomun, will present his funky house music remixes of classic soul, funk and hip-hop. Born in Bosnia and growing up in Germany on the Hamburg club scene, Solomun is a three-time DJ Awards winner for Best Producer and Best Deep House DJ. Currently in the middle of a world tour, this will be his only gig in Andalucía.
The music in the castle continues with the South Moon Festival -an event for electronic music purists - on Saturday 2 June, and the Music Box Festival - a night of rock music - on Saturday 23rd.
British concert pianist, James Rhodes will take to the stage in the castle on Friday 29 June. The 40-year-old pianist, who is currently on his Fire on all Sides tour, is considered one of today's main protagonists of classical music.
Fans of reggaeton will enjoy the concert by Bad Bunny on Sunday 15 July, while the Rototom Sun Splash Festival - an event considered one of the largest reggae gatherings in Europe - takes place on Friday 20 July.
Flamenco aficionados can choose between celebrated artists like José Mercé, who will perform with a symphonic orchestra on Monday 11 June, and El Barrio, who brings his rock-influenced flamenco to the auditorium on Saturday 4 August.
Other events include La Noche Rosa, with Javier Ojeda of 80s pop sensation, Danza Invisible; and Love the 90s, when the castle will be transformed into a huge nightclub offering the best dance music of the 90s.
However, the biggest attraction will surely be the performance of one of the most famous musicians in the world. Carlos Santana will bring his fusion of rhythmical rock and Latin jazz to Fuengirola on Thursday 9 August.
Famed for classic anthems like Samba Pa Ti, Evil Ways and Black Magic Woman, the guitar legend was a pioneer of the blues-based guitar set against Latin and African rhythms and featuring percussion instruments not generally heard in rock music.
Other acts confirmed this week are rumba and fandango singer, Paco Candela, and Mexican crooner, Alejandro Fernández.