Artists on stage at a previous edition of the festival.
Popular Rockin' Race festival returns to Torremolinos for 26th consecutive year

Popular Rockin' Race festival returns to Torremolinos for 26th consecutive year

The Rockin' Race Jamboree is a festival dedicated to roots music with a wide range of styles from the 1940s, 50s and early 60s

Tony Bryant

Friday, 17 January 2020, 12:55

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Rock 'n' roll fans from all over Europe, the USA and Latin America will gather in Torremolinos to celebrate the Rockin' Race Jamboree, the most important rockabilly gathering in Europe. The festival, which is celebrating its 26th edition this year, will be held from Thursday 6 until Sunday 9 February.


  • What. Roots music festival.

  • When. Thursday 6 until Sunday 9 February.

  • Where. Torremolinos municipal auditorium, Hotel Barracuda and seafront in Playamar.

Nominated for Best Music Festival at the 2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards in Memphis, the four-day event will present more than 30 bands and solo performers from 10 countries. The festival will focus on rock 'n' roll, swing, rockabilly and beat music and the concerts will be held in various locations in Torremolinos, including the municipal auditorium and the Hotel Barracuda.

The highlight of the festival will take place on the seafront in Playamar on Saturday, when revellers will enjoy an afternoon of live music, and The Dash, a vintage car parade. The 200-metre dash showcases around 20 classic cars, including Buicks, Cobras, Cadillacs, station wagons and a collection of 1920s Ford T Roadsters from the Malaga Automobile Museum.

The music will move to the main auditorium on Saturday night, where the festivities will continue until 5am.

The festival will finish on Sunday with an open-air concert staged in the Plaza del Remo, followed by a poolside party in the Hotel Barracuda.

This year's line-up will include American fiddle player, singer and songwriter Doug Kershaw, who rose to legendary status on the 1960s rockabilly scene. Other musicians to appear are Barcelona band Los Mambo Jambo, who perform rock 'n' roll, swing and surf; The Blue Cats, a British band that spearheaded the 1990s neo-rockabilly movement in the UK, and a host of other acclaimed rock 'n' roll musicians.

Tickets for the main shows in the auditorium are available from the reception of the Hotel Barracuda and the ticket office of the municipal auditorium.

Tickets for individual days cost 35, while a four-day pass costs 70 euros. For more information, see The Rockin' Race Facebook page.

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