Starts:15:30 15 June 2014
Ends:00:30 15 June 2014
Love Festival 2014
Date: Bank holiday Sunday 15 June
Time: 15:30 to 00:30hrs
Venue: The Bayside Sports Complex and Victoria Stadium
Prices: £45 General Admission
£15 Childrens Tickets (children under 12)
£150 VIP Tickets (includes open bar)
For Corporate Boxes and Sponsorship opportunities contact
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Online tickets: www.gibraltarlovefestival.comA summer of love at the Gibraltar Love Festival
Gibraltar is developing a taste for big events. This summer The Rock will reverberate to the feel-good sounds and vibes of the Gibraltar Love Festival.
If it’s up to festival directors Chris Yeats and Dion Mifsud, Gibraltar will be the scene of a memorable party this June. In conjunction with a local production team, an international events company and the Gibraltarian authorities, the duo are preparing a summer festival with all the ingredients of a sizzling summer musical feast.
Just to prove this lively entrepot on the southern edge of Europe is not about business and trade alone, Gibraltar is gearing up for the party of its life on bank holiday Sunday 15 June, when the doors will open to a day-long music and fun festival focused on the entire community. “We’re aiming to cater to all age groups and make this not just a concert, but a real family event for the whole of Gibraltar and indeed people on the Costa del Sol to enjoy,” says co-organiser Chris Yeats.
For this reason the inaugural Gibraltar Love Festival is designed around creating a feel-good summer festival atmosphere full of great musical acts, entertainment and special areas. “The latter create a range of different environments in which to enjoy the day, so you can choose from a normal concert experience, VIP areas and there are also corporate boxes for companies that want to make the most of a unique event within our borders.”
The venue is the Bayside Sports Complex (also known as the MUGA), of which the Victoria Stadium forms the main part. “It meets the logistical requirements, is ideally positioned between the town and the border, and offers the variety of spaces that we need to create different areas in.” In addition to the comfortable hospitality facilities of the VIP areas and corporate boxes, these also include a funfair atmosphere with bars, food stalls and family areas with rides and attractions for children. “Locals are encouraged to set up stalls to further this sense of a fair that lasts throughout the day and adds to the overall atmosphere and enjoyment,” says Chris.
Music for all tastes
Doors open at 15:30hrs for a concert that runs all the way to 00:30hrs. Filling a whole day like that is quite an undertaking, but the organisers have managed to produce a line-up aimed at keeping people with a wide range of musical tastes and ages entertained throughout. “In addition, this is not the kind of concert where you have to sit still or stand facing the stage all day. There is lots going on, it’s a great place to come out and socialise, and you can pick and choose the acts you want to be closest to.”
The performing bands include both local and international artists, with a strong focus on supporting Gibraltar’s burgeoning home grown talent.
Chase & Status is a British electronic music duo made up of Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status) that produces music and has collaborated with the likes of Plan B, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna and Tinie Tempah. Summer will truly have arrived when Aswad take to the stage. One of Britain’s best reggae bands, they are sure to light up Gibraltar with their sunny sound. Other stars include 2010 X-Factor runner up Rebecca Ferguson, who has topped the charts and been nominated for the MTV Europe Music Award, Ex lead singer of the German dance band R.I.O, Tony T, who is not new to the summer love vibe, and Spanish female vocalist Nalaya Brown, who is the resident singer at Privilege Ibiza.
“Naturally we won’t be forgetting local talent,” says Chris, and it comes in the form of the soulful sounds of Guy Valerino, who has already played to audiences in Europe and North America. Naturally, an event of this kind would not be complete without one of Gibraltar’s most popular bands. REACH provides strong local content with international pedigree, while Hollie April and Megan Dallas are proof of the new talent coming out of The Rock.
“It’s going to be a fantastic day, with sun, sea, music and great summer vibes to give Gibraltar that feel-good factor and summer atmosphere,” says Chris. “It’s a moment to enjoy, relax, party and let there be love.” And why not, Gibraltar’s iconic rock offers a stunning backdrop within sight of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic – just the place for a summer concert to remember.