UB40 and Sister Sledge head to Marbella for Summer Cultural Festival

Reggae band UB40 will perform in Marbella in August. / R. HAUGHTON/EFE

Marbella Arena will feature a series of shows, family events and a concert to benefit children caught up in the war in Ukraine

Tony Bryant

Marbella Arena has planned a varied program of concerts, gastronomic events and family shows that will take place in the old bullring of Puerto Banús throughout the summer season.

The season, which kicked off last weekend with the Undercover tribute festival, will feature top international bands, renowned classical musicians and a special concert by one of Ukraine’s top rock bands.

The program continues on Wednesday July 20, when the orchestra and choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino take the stage to present a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. The orchestra is made up of over 150 musicians led by world-renowned conductor, Zubin Mehta, an Indian music director famous for his work with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

On Saturday, July 30, Sister Sledge, one of America’s most successful female vocal groups, will deliver a night of nostalgia with a show that will feature some of the band’s most famous disco anthems, such as We Are Family and He’s the Greatest Dancer.

The sisters, who have sold over 200 million records over their 50-year career, will be joined by local singer Mr Maph, a gospel singer who has worked alongside artists including Imagination, Shakatak and Edwin Starr .

Legendary British reggae band UB40, led by Ali Campbell, will return to the province of Malaga for a concert on Saturday August 6th.

The band, founded in 1978, is currently on the A Real Labor of Love 40th Anniversary Tour, and the show will feature hits from the band’s Labor of Love album (along with many other classics), which is best known for having included the song Du vin trés rouge.

Ukrainian rock band Okean Elzy will perform at the arena on Sunday 7 as part of their Help for Ukraine tour. The multi-award winning band is recognized as the best live rock band in the country due to their unique musical style and incredible liveliness and energy on stage. The group is led by Slava Vakarchuk, who said its goal was to “raise funds for Ukrainian children who are suffering during this terrible war”.

Other events include the Ronqueo de Atún (August 19), a show hosted by sommelier Joaquín Cortés and chef David Canca that mixes gastronomy with a live music show; and Teen Power, a family show that features singing, dancing and rhythmic gymnastics performed by popular YouTubers Karina and Marina.

The festival will close with two concerts (September 2, 3) by Danish composer and singer Thomas Helmig.

Information and tickets: www.marbellaarena.com

Darcy J. Skinner