Rock around the Rock at Gibraltar Music Festival

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Kings of Leon on stage

THE Gibraltar Music Festival 2015 promises to eclipse previous festivals with the range, number and quality of performers booked for the two days of September 5 and 6.

If each of the main headliners plans to use their own equipment, then they will have to start queuing at the border early in order to make sure it gets to the stage on time.

There is such an eclectic selection of stars new, old and in the making that it is difficult to understand how tiny Gibraltar has attracted some of the glitterati that it has.

Playing on three stages in the Victoria Stadium just next to the airstrip, fans will be sure of having a great time and because the stadium is relatively small, the atmosphere should be more intimate than at a normal large open air festival.

The organisers just keep on announcing new acts and on Saturday after a range of local bands and DJs, headliners include X Factor winners Little Mix from the world of pop, veteran reggae band Third World, million-selling Spanish duo Estopa, the stunning Paloma Faith and the ever popular Duran Duran (named after a character in the cult film Barbarella).

Sunday follows with more local bands and DJs plus newly breaking singer-songwriter James Bay, Ella Henderson, another X Factor success, Jamaican superstar OMI who has hit the number one spot in charts all over the world with the single Cheerleader, ‘Nutty Boys’ Madness, and exhilarating rock band Kaiser Chiefs, whose singer Ricky Wilson is one of the judges on The Voice. The final act due to appear are the massively popular American rockers Kings of Leon, who are playing their last tour date of the year in Gibraltar.

Although previous festivals have attracted well-known performers such as Jessie J, Rita Ora, Clean Bandit and The Script, this promises to be the biggest and best Gibraltar Music Festival yet.

Tickets cost £65 (€90) for a single day or just £79 (€110) for the weekend. There are more expensive VIP tickets which include seating, exclusive entrance and a bar but it is best to visit the festival website www.gibraltarmusicfestival.com to see what is still available as well as good advice concerning travel and accommodation.

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