The Costa Del Sol boasts sun, sea, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, so it’s no surprise that it’s such a popular location for world-class concerts and music festivals every year. If you don’t already live in the Costa Del Sol then the region is easy to reach from Malaga airport, and accommodation in the area is also plentiful and affordable. So, there’s no reason not to choose the Costa del Sol for your next musical adventure! But which concerts and music festivals should you choose? Here is a breakdown of the best concerts and music festivals on the Costa Del Sol in 2023:
Often considered to be one of the best music festivals on the Costa Del Sol, Marenostrum Fuengirola was first established in 2016 and has a reputation for attracting the best and biggest music stars. Jennifer Lopez performed at this festival as the only European stop of her most recent tour, and other high profile acts that have performed here include Ricky Martin, Bob Dylan, Sting, Alejandro Fernández, Santana and Manuel Carrasco. The hillside location of the performances at Sohail Castle in Fuengirola only enhances the festival.
For 2023, you won’t be disappointed with the line-up. Artists that have already be confirmed to be performing at the festival include Fulanita Fest, Pablo Alborán, Martita de Graná, Robbie Williams, Cosquín Rock, Ultra Beach Costa del Sol, Kany García, Tini, Hombres G, Morat, Locos por la Música, Luna Sur, Boombastic Day, Manuel Carrasco.
Mearenostrum Fuengirola is not a single day, or even a weekend-long music festival but rather a series of individual concerts and performances taking place independently, but at the same venue between May and September 2023. Therefore, you will need to by a separate ticket for each of the acts you wish to see. You can book these directly via their Web site.
Locos por la Musica Festival
One of the biggest and best rock festivals in the Costa del Sol, if not wider Spain, Locos por la Musica Festival is a single day festival event that forms a part of the Marenostrum Fuengirola festival outlined above. This year the festival will take place on Saturday 29th July and its focus will be on celebrating the successes of Spain’s greatest rock groups.
Artists that have already been confirmed to be performing at the festival in 2023 include Melón Diesel, No Me Pises Que Llevo Chanclas and La Guardia. If you are passionate about rock music then there is no better place to be in Spain this year. You can book tickets to attend via the Website
One of the newest festivals on our list, Fulanita Fest is a women’s music festival and this is only the second consecutive year that Fuengirola has played host to this fun and exciting event. The primary aim of the festival is to vindicate the power of music made by women. But the festival offers so much more than just great lie music. You can also expect to enjoy a welcome party, women’s football tournament and performances by DJs. If you need a break from singing and dancing then the event will also host a food market (with vegan and gluten free option). It’s an incredible event, with so many different elements included. Although the event champions women, it is an event created for anyone who wants to enjoy it from respect and equality.
Just like the Locos por la Musica Festival, this single day event forms a part of the Maenostrum Fuengirola festival, meaning that it will be hosted in the same excellent venue, right by the sea. This year the festival will take place on 13th May. You can book tickets to attend via the website.
Taking place over more than 50 days, Starlight Marbella has been hailed as one of the best boutique festivals in Europe. Its natural amphitheatre setting lends the concert a feeling of intimacy, as the artists are much closer to the audience then they might be in a traditional concert hall setting. This is a much smaller music festival than others on the list, but it does boast two distinct performance spaces. The second space is called Sessions and is a much more informal environment where patrons are invited to dance and drink under the stars whilst they enjoy the performances.
Artists that have already been confirmed to be performing at the venue in 2023 include India Martínez, Sebastián Yatra, Lionel Richie, Gipsy Kings, Anastasia, Ludovico Einaudi, David Bisbal, Norah Jones, Andrés Calamaro, Carlos Rivera, Israel Fernández y Farruquito, Sara Baras, Taburete, Antonio José, Vicente Amigo, Lola Indigo.
The festival will take place during the warmest months of July, August and September in the Cantera de Nagüeles Marbella. You can book tickets to attend via the Web site
Ultra Beach Fuengirola
Ultra Beach Costa Del Sol is a relatively newly launched music festival that is only in its second edition, but it has already been hailed as one of the most important, significant and famous dance music festivals in the world. Two things make ultra beach so iconic: it’s beautiful beach front venue and the incredible detail and effort that is put into its audio-visual production. Effectively, the beach is turned into an open-air night club!
This year the festival will take place in the Parque del Castillo Marenostrum in Fuengirola on the 24th June. Although only the phase 1 announcement regarding performing acts has been made so far, that have already been confirmed to be performing at the festival in 2023 include Martin Garrix, Vintage Culture, and Wade. You can book tickets to attend via the website.
Puro Latino Fest Torremolinos
Puro Latino Fest is considered to be a macro-festival, but whilst it is small on size it is big on atmosphere and quality. This festival attracts reggaeton fans from all over the country, and is also popular with enthusiasts for Latin music, trap and hip-hop. In 2022 more than 63,000 music fans attended the event, and it is thought attendance will exceed that figure this year. The festival will take place on the weekend of the 21st/22nd June 2023, and will be held on the Fairgrounds in Torremolinos.
Artists that have already been confirmed to be performing at the festival this year include Quevedo, Eladio Carrion, Mora and Morad. The event has been crowned the most important event of reggaeton, trap, and international Latin music in Southern Europe. You can book ticket to attend via the website.
Weekend Beach Torre del Mar
Now in its eighth year this is an incredibly popular music festival, particularly with local residents, which takes place on Poniente Beach in Torre del Mar. This year the festival will take place from 5th-8th July. You can expect to see international artists, local stars, and a good selection of DJs too.
So far, the confirmed artists performing at the festival in 2023 include Maluma, Mala Rodríguez and Kiko Veneno. A more comprehensive line-up is expected to be released soon. You can book tickets via the website.
Oh, See! Málaga
Oh, See! Is a two-day music festival event that boasts 20 hours of live music. This year the festival will be taking place in the Cortijo de Torres Municipal Auditorium, in Malaga over the weekend of the 26th/27th May. The capacity of the festival has been reduced to 7,000, making for a much less crowded, more relaxed, and therefore more enjoyable music festival experience.
What makes the Oh, See! Festival unique is its unusual format, which is unlike any other music festival in Spain. All of the events included in the festival schedule take place during the daytime and no two performances overlap. There are also parallel activities available for younger guests, making this the perfect festival to attend as a family or an ideal first festival experience. Alongside Oh, See! Is the Oh, Kids! Zone. Here children can attend workshops where they will learn the skills needed to become reporters, illustrators or expert dancers . They can also meet some of the artists in person. There will also be a Gastro Zone with food trucks and the Oh, See! Club, which will host the best national DJs, meaning that this festival really does offer something for everyone.
So far the confirmed artists performing at the festival in 2023 include Dorian, Iván Ferreiro, Second, Rayden, Siloe, Wisement Project, Airbag Dis, Tali Carreto Dj, Don Fluor, Don Gonzalo Dj. You can book tickets via the website.
Cala Mijas Festival
This is only the second time the Cala Mijas has been hosted and it has already earnt an international reputation for its success and for the high quality of the acts it attracts. More than 107,000 music fans turned out last year and the capacity is expected to increase again this summer This year the three-day festival will be held from the 31t August to the 2nd September in Sonora Mijas, and the hot weather, excellent location and high-quality acts all combine to make this one of Spain’s best music festivals. Last year the headline acts included Arctic Monkeys, Kraftwerk, Hot Chip, Nathy Peluso, Liam Gallagher and The Chemical Brothers. This year the acts confirmed to perform at the festival so far include Florence and the Machine, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, The Blaze and Foals.
You can buy day tickets for the festival but you can also buy tickets for the whole weekend and there will be an exclusive campsite with Glamping options. You can buy tickets on their website.
Canela Party Torremonlinos
If you just love to dance, then the Canela Party is the perfect festival for you. Taking place from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th August 2023 in El Real de Torremolinos, you will be overwhelmed by the quality of the line-up here, and by the huge number of acts performing at the event.
Artists already confirmed to be performing at this year’s festival include: Osees (USA), Black Midi (UK), Alavedra, Alien Tango, Bala, Brava, Biznaga, Carpenter Brut (FR), Crack Cloud (CAN), Joe Unknown (UK), Jonathan Bree (NZ), Karate (USA), La Paloma, Las Ligas Menores (ARG), Les Savy Fav (USA), Lime Garden (UK), Mausoleo, Mujeres, Nick Waterhouse (USA), Nilüfer Yanya (UK), Noga Erez (ISR), Panda Bear & Sonic Boom (USA / UK), Pantocrator, Perro, Pinpilinpussies, Pony Bravo, Porridge Radio, Repion, Rocío Márquez y Bronquio, Shame (UK), Sofia Kourtesis (PE), Sorry (UK), The Notwist (GER), Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, Tropical Fuck Storm (AUS), Vulk
The festival is a riot of colour, and an audio-visual delight. Whilst some attendees come for just a day or two to see their favourite acts, many will stay and party for the duration of the festival. You can buy tickets on their website.
Nerja Cave Music Festival
If you want to try something truly unique then why not attend a concert held within a series of underground caves? The Nerja Cave is a huge complex of natural underground galleries with guided tours, meaning that it is possible to explore these caves at any time. But every summer a classic music festival takes place at the venue, and some of the performances take place in the caves themselves. For conservation reasons, only a few of the performances listed below will take place inside the cave and most are held in its gardens instead, but it is possible to attend a cave performance here.
The 62nd Cueva de Nerja Music Festival will take place from 7th July – 12th August and will feature performances by María Peláe, Les Luthiers, Los Morancos, Mecano Experience, Miguel Poveda, Sara Baras, and Pastora Soler will close the festival. You can buy tickets via the website.
The final festival on our list is a brand new event that will be hosted from 1st June – 15th September. This festival will take advantage of Malaga’s 16,000 square metre drive-in cinema venue and use the space to host concerts. What will make this venue and event unique is that each concert will have a reduced capacity with just 9,000 tickets available, lending the event an intimate feel. There will be 40 performances included in the event. Not all of the performers have been confirmed at this stage, but we do know that the first artists opening the new festival will be Village People, Boney M., Fakeba and, Humo & Óxido
After each concert, Sabatic Party will feature various performances and DJs. This will lend the whole event a vibrant, party atmosphere that will be unique to Malaga. If all that singing and dancing leaves you with an appetite then you will find plenty of varied gastronomy at the event with organic, seasonal and local ingredients used and options to suit all dietary requirements.
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