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Starlite Festival 2021

Starlite Festival - Marbella

The Starlite Festival is a month-long music and cultural event held in July / August at the Cantera de Nagüeles, in Marbella. It is now established as one of the important annual social and entertainment events in Spain.

© Michelle Chaplow A spectator reflects the name of the festival with her dress.
Star-themed fashion at the Starlite Festival.

STARLITE FESTIVAL 2021

Starlite Festival 2021 was be held at the Cantera de Nagüeles, Marbella between 18th June and 30th July 2021. Bonnie Tyler and Tom Jones who postponed in 2020 have rescheduled, although Lionel Richie has postponed for 2022.

Due to the nature of the open air all-seated venue, with appropriate social distancing measures, the festival is able to continue as it did in Summer 2020. 

2021 Artists line up:

Artists Date
Ella Baila Sola Fri 18th June 2021
Miguel Ríos & The Black Betty Trio Sat 19th June 2021
La Oreja de Van Gogh Fri 25th June 2021
Beret Sat 26th June 2021
Sebastián Yatra Fri 2nd July 2021
Carlos Rivera Sat 3rd July 2021
Il Divo Fri 9th July 2021
Jose Luís Perales Sat 10th July 2021
Alan Parsons Live Project Wed 14th July 2021
Miriam Rodríguez & Cepeda Thu 15th July 2021
Maluma Fri 16th July 2021
Camilo Sat 17th July 2021
Camilo Sun 18th July 2021
Dvicio Wed 21st July 2021
Aitana Thur 22nd July 2021
Irina Kolesnikova Fri 23rd July 2021
Miguel Bosé Sat 24th July 2021
Pablo López Mon 26th July 2021
Ozuna Thu 29th July 2021
El Último Aplauso Fri 30th July 2021
Simple Minds Sat 31st July 2021
Morat Mon 2nd August 2021
Rosario Wed 4th August 2021
Raphael Thu 5th August 2021
Passenger Fri 6th August 2021
Dos Tontos y Yo Sat 7th August 2021
Estrella Morente & José Mercé Mon 9th August 2021
Taburete Tue 10th August 2021
Nil Moliner, Dani Fernández & Pol Granch Wed 11th August 2021
Nathy Peluso Thu 12th August 2021
Tomatito Fri 13th August 2021
Bonnie Tyler Sat 14th August 2021
Tom Jones Mon 16th August 2021
Estopa Thu 19th August 2021
Orozco Fri 20th August 2021
Antonio José Sat 21st August 2021
David Bisbal Mon 23rd August 2021
Raphael Wed 25th August 2021
Rozalén Thu 26th August 2021
Ara Malikian Sat 28th August 2021
Siempre Así Mon 30th August 2021

History

The first use of the former quarry site, situated above Marbella, was in 1983. Alfonso Hohenlohe, who founded the Marbella Club Hotel, and singers Julio Iglesias and Plácido Domingo, decided to create the Auditorio de Marbella open-air auditorium, and to found an internationally-renowned music festival. They held a successful Tenors concert, however the annual festival didn't happen, and the venue was left abandoned for nearly 30 years. In 2012 the quarry site was cleaned up and a new auditorium constructed for the inaugural Starlite Festival. I has been held annually since and grown to become on of Spain's leading music festivals. Over the years Enrique Iglesias, Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, Ricky Martin, Tom Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Alejandro Sanz, Eros Ramazzotti, Luis Fonsi, Plácido Domingo and Anastacia have all played. The 2017 edition was overshadowed by a  late license dispute with the Marbella town Hall, and 'Marbella' was removed from the Starlite Festival name and logo. Due to the nature of the open air all-seated venue the festival was able to continue in Summer 2020 and 2021 albeit with few international performers.

A parallel event, the Starlite Gala, a star-studded charity concert and dinner which started in 2010, usually takes place on second Saturday in August, and is led by Antonio Banderas.

Buena Vista Social Club at Starlite Festival 2013. ©Michelle Chaplow
Buena Vista Social Club at Starlite Festival 2013.

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