Starlite Festival

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Starlite Festival is an international music festival that take place in a natural outdoor space inside the quarry of Nagüeles, located in the Spanish city of Marbella.[1][2]

Starlite has become the cultural festival of reference in Europe[citation needed] with a daily programme that includes music, fashion, art, film and gastronomy opening its doors every day for a month with shows at the only club in the world inside a quarry. Its auditorium only counts with 2.200 seats to offer intimate and close concerts where the audience lives a unique experience with the stars. In addition, Starlite dedicates one night to philanthropy celebrating Starlite Gala[3] hosted by Antonio Banderas, which has become the largest charity event in Spain.

In previous years, the festival brought together political, intellectual, athletes and celebrities with more than a hundred public figures, positioning it as one of the most significant social events of this country[citation needed].

In just two years of existence, the international press[citation needed]has already listed it as one of the most important festivals of Europe, being compared to the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival.[4]


In 1983, prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, singer Julio Iglesias and tenor Plácido Domingo organized a musical event with a recital starred by the tenor in the Nagüeles quarry of Marbella, using the space as a natural auditorium for its excellent acoustic qualities and privileged natural environment. That would be the historical precedent and precursor of the Starlite Festival, that finally took shape thirty years later, in 2012.

Emerged around the Starlite Gala, the festival was founded by Sandra Garcia-Sanjuan and Ignacio Maluquer marriage in 2012, holding its first edition from 13 July to 14 August of that year.

In 2013 the festival reopened its doors celebrating its second edition, achieving a great response from the audience one more time[citation needed].

In 2014, Starlite celebrates its third edition from 23 July to 23 August.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Starlite has become in just two editions in the largest leisure and tourism business in Costa del Sol area[citation needed]. A fact that made them get a partnership with Marca España, becoming a cultural event supported by them.

Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, the high commissioner of the government for Marca España, emphasized the value of Starlite in terms of promotion and as a tourist propellant. "Starlite brings quality, experience and well known music figures that make it become a focus of attention in which we want to be present as Marca España", he has said, adding that "Starlite will be wrapped by Marca España, because it will make a very good projection of the Spanish image".[5]

In 2014, the Festival has been chosen as the best tourism initiative of Málaga by los premios 'El Caminante'[6] of the newspaper El Mundo that were handed on 2 April in the Auditorio Edgar Neville of the Council of Malaga.


I edition[edit]

After more than 30 years without use, the quarry of Nagüeles, returned to recover the light of the golden ages of Marbella on 13 July, of 2012. George Benson opened the stage of Starlite with great success[citation needed], which was followed by other concerts during its first month of life.

Over 40,000 people visited Starlite this year and enjoyed all the leisure of the Starlite Lounge. Shows with dancers of television, the best music and cuisine of El Bulli from Paco Roncero's catering completed the offer of the first edition of the festival with great review[citation needed].

It programmed the following concerts:

II edition[edit]

The second edition of Starlite returned to Marbella on 23 July packed with new activities. Besides the variety of concerts, clubs and restaurants, Starlite 2013 added a daily schedule of themed parties, fashion shows, film premieres and art exhibitions.

More than 60,000 people had the opportunity to see for free the shows of Roko accompanied by the Starlite dance troup, the preview movies like World War Z of Brad Pitt, Jordi Molla's and El Hombre de Negro's art exhibitions and the fashion show of Cosmic Girls, with Laura Sánchez, Malena Costa and the rest of the best Spanish tops.

It programmed the following concerts:

III edición[edit]

The third edition is back in the summer of 2014. It will feature great[citation needed] national and international artists.

Among the artists confirmed for the 2014 line-up so far are masters[citation needed] with the stature of Julio Iglesias, Chucho Valdés, Dani Martin, Sergio Dalma, and Rosario Flores.

In addition, Starlite 2014 will include concerts such as "Divas" starring Marta Sánchez and Gloria Gaynor, "Otra noche movida", as well as "Tribute to ABBA", Alejandro Sanz, Alejandro Fernández, Miguel Poveda, Josep Carreras and Ainhoa Arteta and Siempre Así.

Another first level international artists that will perform at this edition are Ricky Martin, Kool and the Gang, Pet Shop Boys, Tom Jones, The Beach Boys and Albert Hammond.

The programme includes the following concerts:

Starlite Gala[edit]

Starlite Gala the centerpiece evening of the Starlite Project is hosted by Antonio Banderas and has become the largest charity event in Spain[citation needed]. Some of the many personalities who have joined Antonio and Melanie Griffith on this special night include: Daryl Hannah, Deepak Chopra, Valeria Mazza, Adriana Karembeu, Eva Longoria, Ute Ohoven and Boris Becker and many more. All proceeds from the dinner and charity action are donated to select foundations: Lagrimas y Favores,[8] Niños en Alegría,[9] Cudeca,[10] Caritas and guest foundation year.

Financial support for the Starlite Gala is provided by sponsors and with logistical support from Starlite Productions, which donates its on-site team and provides production assistance.

Starlite Disco[edit]

Starlite Disco is open every night for a month, from 23 July to 23 August. It offers a daily and varied programming, themed parties of all kinds, becoming the only outdoor disco in a natural quarry[citation needed].

Starlite Gastro[edit]

Starlite festival also has an area dedicated to haute cuisine including every year different corners and the best[citation needed] gourmet restaurants in the area.

Starlite Films[edit]

The Starlite Auditorium turns once night a week into an open air summer cinema with the largest[citation needed] screen of Spain. Starlite 2014 is preparing its red carpet for major summer premieres, this year.

Starlite Fashion[edit]

This festival also leaves a large space for fashion.In its past editions, Starlite hosted Gómez y Molina jewellery shows and the "Marbella Crea" event, giving the most promising[citation needed] Marbella young fashion designers a chance to show their work and the "Cosmic Girls" runaway, where model and designer Laura Sánchez showed her own swimwear collection joined by her boyfriend, David Ascanio. She was accompanied by some Spanish top models such as Malena Costa, Verónica Blume and Cristina Tossio being one of the biggest impact August national events[citation needed].

Starlite Art[edit]

Starlite in previous editions has had Marbella's greatest national impact exhibitions[citation needed]. During the 2013 edition, the actor Jordi Mollá, El Hombre de Negro, Hubertus Von Hohenlohe and Bernardo Doral were chosen to show their work to the Starlite's audience. This had a major impact being very well received by the critics[citation needed].

The Starlite Battles[edit]

This summer, Starlite organizes the first edition of Starlite Battles. A contest for music bands that want to show their music and use the Starlite platform to promote themselves.


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