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Ojén lets its hair down

Dreyma will perform at the independent music festival.
Dreyma will perform at the independent music festival. / SUR
  • Among the artists performing at Ojén's independent music festival is Coldplay's Chris Martin

It is a typical Andalusian village with white-washed houses and narrow streets, but in July, Ojén's reserved image will be swept away by the Ojeando Festival, a two-day independent music festival where more than 40 bands will perform on three large stages.

The festival promotes independent rock and pop music, combining established groups and musicians with emerging musicians from Andalucía. The festival, which began in 2008, has become an essential date for lovers of independent music and attracts thousands of fans from all over the province.

The festival has presented numerous well-known acts in the past, including Fangoria, a celebrated electro-pop group fronted by Alaska, one of Spain's most fashionable female singers.

Among the musicians appearing this year is Chris Martin, frontman and co-founder of British pop sensation Coldplay; celebrated Barcelona singer and composer, Carlos Sadness; and Dreyma, a female duo from Malaga whose latest video single honours the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.

Among the other groups performing are Bud Spencer, Petiswing, Alex Sánchez and Betamax. There are also several renowned DJs who will keep the music going between acts. These include Alsout, famed for his high energy techno-house, and Isabela Clerk, a Seville-based DJ that made her name on the Spanish summer festival circuit.

A special bus service has been organised by the AVANZA transport company to ferry people from Marbella to Ojén.

A set ticket price of 27 euros allows access for both days. The price for those who also wish to take advantage of the camping facilities is 42 euros. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult, while children under 12 have free entrance.

The festival, which begins at 9pm on Friday 13 and continues on Saturday 14 July, has access for people with reduced mobility; a special elevated area has been installed so people with wheelchairs can watch the concerts in comfort.

People with reduced mobility are advised to contact the organisers prior to the festival on the prensa@ojeando-festival.es email.

For tickets and information, see www.ojeando-festival.es