TEXAS ROCK UP TO HEADLINE A SUMMER OF MUSIC AND DANCE ON COSTA CÁLIDA
One of the most popular rock bands of the last 30 years, Texas, is one of the headline acts at this year’s eclectic La Mar de Músicas Festival, in Cartagena next month.
Fronted by Sharleen Spiteri, Texas – who have sold more than 40 million albums down the years – will be playing the Parque Torres Auditorium on July 22, one of two main stages at the festival, which runs from July 20-28.
Another big name to be performing at the event is the young Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral, whom UK music fans may remember from Eurovision. La Mar de Músicas Festival features boogie, futuristic jazz, techno, singer-songwriters, neofolk, joik (a traditional form of song) and fusion – all performed in historic and fascinating environments.
The two main stages are the Parque Torres Auditorium – from where the port and impressive archaeological remains of the Roman theatre can be admired – and the El Batel Auditorium, a watch-tower by the sea. Other stages include the Arab castle, the City Hall square, the Icue and the San Francisco squares, La Mar Chica, and the ruins of the Old Cathedral – each a historic venue in its own right.
Texas are not the only big-name performer to be heading to Murcia: three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater is one of the headline acts at this year’s 37th Cartagena Jazz Festival, from November 3-25 – one of the many highlights of Costa Cálida’s festival season.
World-renowned keyboardist Chick Corea, a member of Miles Davis’ band in the late 1960s, is another icon to feature on the bill, encouraging jazz fans to flock to the port city at a time of year when maximum temperatures average around a very pleasant 19°c.
As a precursor, the 21st San Javier Jazz Festival, from July 1-31, will also feature Corea, plus 20-time Grammy Award winner Pat Metheny, pianist and singer Vonda Shepard, eclectic multi-award-winning group the Mavericks, and popular British blues band Nine Below Zero.
The following month, some of flamenco’s finest exponents will gather in La Unión, Murcia, for the internationally acclaimed, 57th annual Cante de las Minas Festival. From August 1-11, the most acclaimed flamenco artists, singers and dancers, as well as promising and emerging artists will be showcasing their talents.
Access to Costa Cálida, Región de Murcia, is simple as it is served by Murcia-San Javier airport all year round, while Alicante airport is also nearby. Both airports are served by numerous other airlines flying from a wide variety of UK and Irish airports and flights in June cost from just £23 one way.
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