Weekend Beach lineup unveiled

Festival-goers at last year's Weekend Beach.
Festival-goers at last year's Weekend Beach. / SUR
  • Organisers hope to beat last year's records of 140,000 visitors and 3.5 million euros of revenue for Torre del Mar

With just over three months to go until this year's Weekend Beach festival in Torre del Mar, organisers unveiled the official lineup on Tuesday with confirmation that Welsh heavy metal band, Skindred, will be performing at the event.

Skindred, who originate from Newport, are coming to Torre del Mar as part of a European tour to promote their latest album, 'Big Tings', which features singles including 'Kill the Power', 'Volume' and Union Black.'

Earlier this year the organisers also announced that American pop group, The Black Eyed Peas, who are best known for I Gotta Feeling, Where is the Love and Meet Me Halfway, had confirmed as well as The Original Wailers, who first performed with reggae legend, Bob Marley.

The festival will take place on the same site as in previous years, on Playa del Poniente, to the west of the town and will take place from Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 July.

Headline acts

The Original Wailers will be headlining on Friday, 5 July and The Black Eyed Peas will be the big name on Saturday, 6 July. Skindred will also be performing on that night and Becky G, who has appeared on the American Billboard charts with songs such as 'Shower' and on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, will be singing on Friday evening.

As always the festival involves an eclectic mix of musical styles, from heavy metal through to reggae, pop and dance. There'll be three stages inside the festival ground itself and as in previous years, the Sunrise Stage will be located outside the perimeter fence, near to the campsite and will be free for everyone, with or without a ticket.

In just five years the Weekend Beach festival has propelled itself into Spain's top ten most popular outdoor music events and organisers have not changed the magic formula for this, its sixth year.

As before there will be a camping area, bars and food stalls as well as a chill-out zone and a market area selling clothing, accessories and merchandise.

Organisers believe that the combination of big national and international acts as well as the proximity of the festival ground to the beach is what has made Torre del Mar's music festival such a success.

In previous years the town has managed to attract the likes of The Offspring, Skrillex, David Guetta, The Prodigy, Hardwell, Sepultura, Jimmy Cliff and Damian Marley to its festival and this year's signing of The Black Eyed Peas shows that the Weekend Beach has well and truly put the town on the international musical map.

Last year the event attracted 140,000 people over the four-day period and generated 3.5 million euros of revenue for the town. Organisers are aiming to beat those records this year.

Other big names

French electronic music producer and DJ, Laurent Garnier (also known as Choice) is another big name for the festival. Garnier, who began DJ-ing in Manchester during the late 1980s, will be performing on the Sunrise Stage on Saturday night, following Chris Liebing and Dubfire on Thursday.

Another name to look out for on Saturday is the reggae group Morgan Heritage, formed in Brooklyn, New York, in 1994 by five siblings whose father is reggae artist Denroy Morgan.

A number of well-known Spanish musicians will also be performing including Weekend Beach regulars like Miss Caffeina and La Pegatina.

Tickets for the full weekend are currently available for 62 euros, while tickets and camping are 77 euros. Children under the age of seven may go free as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult. Anyone between the ages of seven and 17 must have the correct authorisation form which is available on the website.