Star-Studded Festival… Cultural, Culinary and Social
Now in its fifth year, Starlite Marbella offers both a glittering programme of international stars on stage and a veritable feast of celebrity watching in the festival’s stunning amphitheatre setting. In fact, often the VIP guest list is even more star-studded than the array of global artists dazzling us with their performances under the lights!
The concerts are intimate affairs, with the stars not only on stage but also rubbing shoulders with the audience, enjoying a drink, dining on haute cuisine or simply savouring the natural al fresco atmosphere of this former quarry that every summer is transformed into a focal point of European culture and glamour.
Sitting in the stalls and casually wandering around the venue are many leading Spanish and international celebrities, from singers, musicians and actors to sports stars, entrepreneurs and politicians – as well as, of course, a healthy bevy of socialites.
Up on stage, the portfolio of performers since 2012 has been truly world-class… Anastacia, Lionel Richie, Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Adams, Andrea Bocelli, Plácido Domingo, Julio Iglesias and son Enrique Iglesias, Tony Bennett, Laura Pausini and Ricky Martin.
This year, the bar is just as high – perhaps even higher! The 2016 concert schedule includes Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant and his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, guitarist extraordinaire Carlos Santana, veteran rockers Status Quo, Irish band The Corrs (featuring songs from their new album “White Light”), evergreen Tom Jones and the “French Frank Sinatra”, Charles Aznavour, still performing at 92.
Described as “a micro-universe where everything is possible”, the month-long Starlite Marbella (14 July-20 August) includes, in addition to music concerts, gastrobars, fashion premieres, art galleries, a discotheque and DJs – plus cinema. In 2014, for example, a highlight of the festival was the Spanish premiere of “The Expendables 3”, with stars of the film Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Kellan Lutz and Antonio Banderas in attendance.
Málaga-born Antonio Banderas also co-hosts the annual Starlite Gala, which raises funds for several charities. This year marking its seventh edition (6 August), the gala has previously been supported by top celebrities including Boris Becker, Joseph Fiennes and Jermaine Jackson, and has honoured the humanitarian commitments of Mia Farrow, Carlos Slim, Deepak Chopra, Daryl Hannah and Melanie Griffith.
Concert Schedule 2016
Juan Magan (14 July, 29 July, 14 August)
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters (16 July)
God Save the Queen (22 July)
Carlos Santana (24 July)
Charles Aznavour (29 July)
Gente de Zona (30 July, 13 August)
Phantom of the Opera (31 July)
Tom Jones (1 August)
Siempre Así (2 August)
Il Divo (3 August)
José Luis Perales (4 August)
El Gusto Es Nuestro: Ana Belén, Victor Manuel, Miguel Ríos, Juan Manuel Serrat (5 August)
Malú (8 August)
Alejandro Sanz (9 August)
Bertín Osborne (10 August)
Aihua (14 August)
The Corrs (16 August)
Estrella Morente & Antonio Canales (17 August)
Noche Movida: various Spanish artists (18 August)
Status Quo (19 August)
Best of Musicals (20 August)