The Starlite Marbella Festival is one of the most attractive events of the summer in Costa del Sol. Famous people from business, culture, sports and politics come to the event. It is a cultural and social gathering of citizens from more than fifty different countries. It is so relevant amongst European groups that it has been compared to the Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival.
With each new edition, the Starlite Festival outdoes itself. It has managed to become one of Marbella’s most anticipated events for those who love good music, entertainments and first-class cuisine. One of Marbella’s top tourist attractions.
The festival’s venue is one of its strong points. An exclusive natural quarry surrounded by vegetation, with the shape of an amphitheater, with extraordinary acoustics and reduced capacity, which allows closeness between the crowd and the artists. This natural auditorium features one of Europe’s largest open-air cinema screens.
Its event program is another reason to attend Starlite Marbella
– Concerts by the best international and national artists.
– Parallel activities before the concerts in the Starlite Lounge. Usually, entrance to this space is free from 20:00 to 00:00.
– Parties every night after the concerts for the Starlite Night program. They begin at 00:00 and the admittance price varies depending on the event.
The list of national and international artists who have performed in the Nagüeles natural auditorium is a long one. Artists such as George Benson, Christopher Cross, Simple Minds, Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, Kool & the Gang, Armando Manzanero, Miguel Bosé, Julio Iglesias, Estopa, Alejandro Sanz and a long etcetera.
The Bulli Catering, managed by Paco Roncero, was one of the main gastronomic attractions during the first edition of the Starlite Festival. In each edition, Starlite includes new and improved gastronomic offers. The goal is to satisfy the national and international palates who attend this event in Marbella.
From Fundraising Gala to a Leading European Festival
Before becoming a festival, Starlite was a fundraising gala held for the first time in 2010. Given the success of the galas, the organizers began programming around them a series of concerts, which will later be complemented by numerous parallel activities.
The first edition of Starlite Marbella took place in 2012. It was born with the idea of relaunching a project by Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Julio Iglesias and Plácido Domingo: making the Nagüeles quarry an unparalleled natural auditorium and creating a music festival that would be an international point of reference. The results are obvious; the project has been recuperated, improved and implemented successfully.
During its five years of history, Starlite Marbella has managed to gather 100 artists, 500 celebrities and more than half a million people. Currently, it continues to include in its program the Starlite Gala, Spain’s most important fundraising gala, which is hosted by Malaga’s world-famous actor, Antonio Banderas. A hundred percent of the money raised goes to different foundations, such as Cáritas, Cudeca, Niños en Alegría, Lágrimas y Favores, el Economato Social Corinto, among others.
Up to this day, the three basic ingredients of Starlite Marbella have been concerts by the best national and international artists, the fundraising gala and gastronomic offers for all tastes. Around those three attractions, each new edition offers different leisure and entertainment activities. Movie premiers, fashion shows and art exhibitions have all been part of the parallel program of the Starlite Festival in its previous editions.
What you did not know about Starlite
It is the largest project on the Costa del Sol
Starlite has over the years become the greatest leisure, tourism and culture business project on the entire Costa del Sol. This event also has a collaborative agreement with Marca España.
Over the years, Starlite has received several prestigious awards, such as:
- In 2014, the festival was chosen by El Mundo newspaper as the best tourist initiative in Málaga, with the award El Caminante. That same year, it also received the Premio Marca Marbella for contributing to creating the Marbella Brand and helping with its consolidation.
- It has been garlanded with the Premio Especial Luis Cierco by the CIT, the Marbella Association of Entrepreneurs and Professionals, thanks to its contribution to Tourism Promotion in Marbella.
- In 2015, Starlite was defined as: “one of the best ideas of the year” by the magazine Actualidad Económica and received the award for the innovation, projection and impact it achieved.
The other Starlites
Starlite Gala is Sarlite’s night of solidarity and the Starlite Foundation’s most important project. It has become one of the most important fundraising galas on the Peninsula. Personalities as important as Mia Farrow, Deepak Chopra, Eva Longoria, Ute Ohoven and Laura Pausini have attended this gala.
All funds raised are allocated to the following foundations: Lágrimas y Favores, Niños en Alegría, Cudeca, Cáritas and the gala’s guest foundation of the respective year.
At each edition, the Starlite Auditorium turns into the biggest cinema screen in Spain. 2013 saw the premiere of the film World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, and in 2014, Starlite celebrated the premiere of Mercenaries 3 with the presence of its leading actors Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham, Kellan Lutz and Antonio Banderas, to give just a few examples.
Each year, Starlite also opens its doors to haute couture to present different designers’ collections. Its catwalk has been travelled by models such as Laura Sánchez and Elena Benarroch, always maintaining its commitment to young promises.
Starlite has a space that accommodates art, where different artists have shown their work, such as the actor Jordi Mollá, El Hombre de Negro and Hubertus Von Hohenlohe.
Starlite Shop is a famous sales company. At this point of sale, you can enjoy all you want or need from the most famous in the world. It is an entire world where each product on sale is conceived specifically to capture the celebrity’s sou.
It is the only platform in the world where the product’s degree of identification with the artist is total.
Starlite already has an app, thanks to which you can buy tickets and receive and look for all the information you need.
Starlite Festival 2018 programme
Starlite returns for another year as the space to enjoy the best music and culture. Like each year, in 2018 you will be able to enjoy a unique experience that will start on 11th July and close its doors on 25th August. From La Cantera, Marbella Auditorium, you can enjoy the best artists, both domestic and international.
Luis Miguel – Date: 11/07/2018
Rosario + Rosana –Date: 13/07/2018
Juan Magán – Date: 13/07/2018
Charles Aznavour – Date: 14/07/2018
Pet Shop Boys – Date: 18/07/2018
Sting + Shaggy – Date: 19/07/2018
David Bisbal – Date: 20/07/2018
Jamiroquai – Date: 22/07/2018
Maita Vende Cá – Date: 24/07/2018
Maná – Date: 25/07/2018
Luis Fonsi – Date: 26/07/2018
Miguel Poveda – Date: 27/07/2018
Il Divo – Date: 28/07/2018
Romeo Santos – Date: 31/07/2018
Pablo Alborán – Date: 01/08/2018
Steven Tyler – Date: 02/08/2018
James Blunt – Date: 03/08/2018
Pablo López – Date: 04/08/2018
Cantajuego – Date: 07/08/2018
Joan Manuel Serrat – Date: 08/08/2018
Noche Movida – Date: 09/08/2018
Juanes – Date: 10/08/2018
Gianluca Vacchi – Date: 13/08/2018
Texas – Date: 14/08/2018
Juan Magán – Date: 14/08/2018
Taburete – Date: 15/08/2018
Sebastián Yatra – Date: 16/08/2018
Tribute Concert to Women: Aitana + Ana Guerra + La Mari de Chambao Date: 17/08/2018
Estopa – Date: 21/08/2018
C. Tangana – Date: 22/08/2018
Miguel Ríos – Date: 23/08/2018
Rosalía + Rozalén – Date: 24/08/2018
Melendi – Date: 25/08/2018
Starlite Marbella Location