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The Irish International Music Festival returns to Marbella

Last year's event with Finbar Furey on stage.
Last year's event with Finbar Furey on stage. / JOHNNY GATES
  • Between 20 and 22 September a number of Irish and Spanish performers will take to the stage at Parque de la Constitución

Thousands of revellers will pack a Marbella park for the town's annual Irish International Music Festival from 20 to 22 September.

During the three-day popular event a number of Irish and Spanish performers will take to the stage at Parque de la Constitución. There will also be music workshops, food stalls, gin bars, street performers and a family day on Sunday.

Among those performing are Finbar Furey, Stone Free, the Art Club Band, Spiders from Marbs, Thrifty Malone, Blues Stompers, Fraces Celebres, Colm Fitzpatrick, Ras Tikki and Ciaran Farell.

Organised in collaboration with the Irish Association Marbella, Marbella town hall and the Claddagh Irish Bar, the event is set to the biggest yet in its three-year history.

One of the organisers Colm Fitzpatrick, who is originally from Cork and has lived in San Pedro since January 2017, told SUR in English: "I would expect a minimum of 3,000 and up to 5,000 people over the three days, so we are expecting big numbers.

"The whole point of the festival is a celebration of Irish, Spanish and international culture. We also aim to integrate ourselves with the people of Marbella.

"Our goal is to give the Irish a reason to come out and enjoy themselves, but also to get all the nationalities and the cultures here to join in the festivities."

One of the highlights, according to Colm, will be the musician Finbar Furey. He added: "We are getting a real legendary Irish musician in Finbar Furey and he's not only going to be playing solo, but with guests. In terms of Irish folk music, Finbar Furey is a huge name in the Irish industry."

In addition to Irish music, there will be a number of Spanish bands playing blues, jazz and rock throughout the weekend.

The event starts at The Claddagh Bar on Friday 20 September and moves to Parque de la Constitución on Saturday from 12pm.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/The CladdaghIrishBar.