ORGANISERS of the Starlite Festival in Marbella have threatened legal action against the Town Hall and begun talks with neighbouring municipalities after a huge fall out with the local council.
The 45-day summer festival attracts international artists who perform to ‘intimate’ audiences of no more than 3,000 people at the site of the former Nagüeles quarry which creates a natural amphitheatre.
Enrique Iglesias, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Laura Pausini, Ricky Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Julio Iglesias, Tom Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Alejandro Sanz, Bryan Adams, Tony Bennett, Plácido Domingo and Anastacia have all performed there.
But this year there have been disagreements over licensing at the event with the Town Hall insisting that the festival must close at 2am from Monday to Thursday and at 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Final licenses were granted just 72 hours ahead of the first concert.
Marbella’s mayor José Bernal, guaranteed the town’s support ‘as long as the leisure area of the festival complied with the laws.
But this week the police enforced the 2am closure of an open air club that had been operating until 6am.
Organisers hit back and accused the Town Hall of an ‘obstructive’ attitude and said it would take legal action to ‘defend the interests of the festival’.
They went on to say how they had made a significant contribution to local tourism and would commence talks with other towns that were interested in staging the festival next year.