Monday, September 9, 2013

Gibraltar Music Festival 2013

What a superb day out and great value for money! Full of trepidation with the recent problems at the border we set off for the Gibraltar Music Festival from Marbella. I’m not sure if all of the Spanish Border Staff were attending the festival, or a truce had been called, but it could not have gone any smoother. We parked up in la Linea a few hundred metres from the border crossing and walked in within minutes – no hold ups! A superb start.

Things were about to go downhill, when we realised we had stupidly left all our tickets at home! Oh flip, but a quick call home, some texted images of the tickets and a trip to the ticket office, inside Bayside Motors office, quickly and efficiently solved this hiccup and our new replacement tickets were issued without charge! Good organisation and an efficient ticketing system. NB – the online booking system was also superb, giving me instant access to my tickets so I could print them (and leave them!) at home.

All was good – into the festival we headed. We visited last year to enjoy UB40 and Jessie J and thought it was a great event then with some impressive big name bands. I'm not sure how they did it, but this year the organisers blew last year’s great event into the weeds. What a line up. A great mix of local up and coming Gibraltar talent, the top Spanish Band La Oreja de Van Gogh, nostalgia for us oldies with great bands like 10CC and Level 42, the halfway house Texas and those currently right at the top of the UK music scene like Lawson, Olly Murs and Emile Sande.

To name just a few, there were of course more great acts including Gabrielle Aplin and the Propellers!

A full 12 hours of superb music and entertainment. This year the venue had been cleverly split, to allow such a big line up, with two stages.

It was great to watch the likes of Level 42, with a great set which proved my old brain still has it. On the way there I was racking my memory for a few of the names of their past hits. Once they started playing the likes of Lessons in Love, Sons and daughters, Living it up, etc I could pretty much lip synch most of the words! Maybe I need to re buy the CD’s!

The crowds were enjoying act after act with great performances from all involved. My only complaint was not enough time between 10CC and Olly Murs! I did not get to hear Dreadlock Holiday but I suppose these acts were aimed at differing audiences!

Olly Murs took to the stage and put on a stunning performance. A natural entertainer he quickly engaged with the audience and had everyone screaming, jumping, dancing and singing. Great to see, and a big hit with my daughter and her friends. What a great event to take them to on her 15th Birthday!

Next up was the final artist of the festival, and Emile Sande did not disappoint. Being an old git I was not sure of her works, thinking Olly would have been my top act from what music I knew. But to be fair she was superb, and thanks to my daughter’s ability to drive my car stereo from her Ipod, and drive me mad in the process, I was surprised just how much of her superb material I knew! A fittingly superb final act.

Time for home! Again we had no issues leaving the event and we were back across the border to Spain, and driving away in our car within minutes.

We left having enjoyed a superb full day of entertainment with three very happy 15 years olds and two very entertained adults too! What a superb line up, and superb value for money. The organisers have quite an act to follow when planning the 3rd Gibraltar Music Festival for 2014. I hope they pull it off!

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