The Marbella Music Scene in 2023: Something for Everyone

The Marbella Music Scene in 2023: Something for Everyone

Marbella is sizzling with excitement! And, we’re not just talking about the rising temperatures as we approach the peak of summer. No, Marbella is transforming into the ultimate trendy destination on the Costa Del Sol, offering an abundance of live music performances and festivals. Whether you’re into rock, pop, jazz, or any other genre, Marbella welcomes all music enthusiasts.

Prepare yourself for an incredible summer experience in Marbella, where music takes centre stage. We’ve put together a Swish guide for all the music lovers out there, showcasing the vibrant scene that awaits you in summer 2023.

Get ready for an unforgettable journey!

Rock and Alternative Music in Marbella in 2023

‘Rock music’ and ‘Marbella’ don’t always get used in the same sentence. There is something about the glitz and glamour of Marbella’s Old School Chic which seems to contradict it: But, did you know that the Starlite Festival has some wonderful rock acts this summer, such as Iggy Pop who is playing on August 2nd? (We can’t wait!) Additionally, there are plenty more artists that may float your boat at the Cala de Mijas festival, which takes place from 31st August to 2nd September.  Headliners include The Strokes, Underworld and Florence and The Machine.

Iggy Pop Memphis 2007
Iggy Pop at Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis in May 2007 – Photo credits Wikipedia

Pop Music in Marbella in 2023

Do you love modern pop music and chart hits? Take your pick, as Marbella has it all lined up for you this summer at The Starlite Festival.  From Spanish sensations David Bisbal and Lola Indigo to feel good acts like Mika: (yes you can “Relax, Take it Easy” but you probably won’t get any of his chart topping songs out of your head!) For more information about the Starlite line up, visit their site here.

Mika at the Philharmonie de Paris, October 2021
Mika at the Philharmonie de Paris, October 2021 – Photo credits Wikipedia

Marbella for Classical Fans

For an absolutely magnificent experience, we highly recommend attending Candlelight Marbella on July 1st, where you’ll be treated to a captivating performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. This enchanting event will take place in the stunning amphitheatre of Anantara Villa Padierna Palace, nestled in the charming town of Benahavís. Prepare yourself for an evening of soul-stirring melodies, as the music intertwines beautifully with the soft glow of candlelight. It’s a truly magical combination that promises to leave you spellbound.

Anantara Villa Padierna Palace
Anantara Villa Padierna Palace – Photo credits

Latino Music in Marbella in 2023

Nestled in the heart of Andalusia, it’s no surprise that both Spanish and Latin rhythms resound loudly and proudly throughout Marbella. Prepare for an extraordinary Reggaeton festival in San Pedro de Alcantara on the 8th and 9th of July, showcasing the very best of this genre.

reggaeton festival in san pedro de alcantara
Reggaeton festival in San Pedro de Alcantara

But hold onto your seats, because there’s even more excitement in store! The legendary king of Latin pop himself, Ricky Martin, will grace our beloved city with his electrifying presence. (And when Ricky Martin comes to town, you know it’s going to be an unforgettable party!) Catch Ricky Martin live at Starlite Marbella on either the 14th or 15th of July. Yes, you read that correctly—he is playing two nights so that everyone gets the chance to experience his incredible performance. Viva Ricky Martin!

Beach Club DJs and Live Music in Marbella in 2023

Look out for DJs and live events at beachclubs like Nao Pool Club which has Kisstory returning for 2023. Playa Padre is another beach club with plenty of live sets, and another top pick: La Sala by the Sea. Of note, in July 2023 you can experience afrobeats at the Hard Rock Hotel pool. Why not try it for something different?

Hard Rock Hotel Marbella
Hard Rock Hotel

Tribute Acts in Marbella in 2023

If you fancy dancing the night away to Abba, Tina Turner or an artist like Cher, then you can really go for it in Marbella. And when you can’t have the real thing, then a tribute band may be just what you need. If you are looking for a fun night out, then one option is Meksian restaurant in Puerto Banus or another, La Sala Restaurant and club.

Mexican restaurant in Puerto Banus
Mexican restaurant in Puerto Banus

Why not indulge that guilty pleasure? After all, you’re on holiday!

Retro Classics in Marbella in 2023

A disco classic, the Jacksons are coming to Marbella. Check them out at the Marbella Arena on 27th July. Don’t miss one of the most influential soul and funk bands of recent times. Get ready to party!

Marbella Arena
Marbella Arena

We hope your summer is filled with music, fun and good times,

With love

The Swish team xx



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