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Mallorca Live Festival

A Space Cowboy funks it up.

Since 2016 music lovers have been flocking, in increasing numbers, to the Mallorca Live Festival. This joyous celebration of music, performed by nearly fifty acts spread across two days, has appeared on the summer festival circuit, every year offering more interesting and seductive line-ups. 

Previous events have pulled in the likes of The Prodigy, Placebo, Primal Scream, Lori Meyers, Solomun, Vitalic, Black Lips, Muchachito. This year’s edition took place on 10 and 11 of May and was two nights of non-stop music and fun attended by up to 35000 fans. The stellar roster was headlined on Saturday night by Jamiroquai, playing their only Spanish date of 2019, 

35000 enthusiastic fans go wild!

The festival organisers have breathed new life into the defunct waterpark at Calvià, putting together a slickly organised venue comprising four stages, a multitude of bars and a food truck village - all smoothly controlled using the latest cashless/contactless technology. 

This year’s line-up represented a pleasing blend of local, national and international stars, serving a mix of rock and indie, driven by a large dose of funky bass lines. There was so much going on it was impossible for us to see everyone, despite flipping between the main stages, trying to take in as many of the acts as possible. 

Among the highlights from Friday night’s session, we were lucky to catch, all girl trio The Mani-Las and, local boys Billy Flamingos, from Ibiza, who mesmerised us with their explosion of raw rock and roll.

It's a cinema club, but with only two doors. Hold that thought.

Another three-piece group, headliners for the night, were Northern Ireland’s energetic funsters, Two Door Cinema Club. We couldn’t stop dancing and singing along to the infectious jangling guitars and uplifting melodies of their indie anthems.

On Saturday, indie rockers Viva Suecia from Murcia put in a solid shift on the main stage. Their live arrangements having a much rawer edge than their studio work, reminiscent of the Manic Street Preachers in their heyday. 

Viva Suecia rock! 

Headliners Jamiroquai bounded on stage to the biggest cheer of the night, with JK sporting a futuristic neon version of his trademark headgear. The Space Cowboy may not be as light on his feet as he used to, but his voice has not been diminished by the years and he danced over every inch of the stage. After a quick stop to rub his ageing knees halfway through, JK bounced his way through some pumped-up arrangements of his classics such as Travelling Without Moving and (Don’t) Give Hate a Chance. An unforgettable performance from a legendary funkateer

The Vaccines released the brakes and unloaded their guitars on the main stage and the music continued to play on until 4 am with the unique electro-flamenco sounds of the Córdoban duo Fuel Fandango. Meanwhile, on the Estrella Damm stage, Novedades Carminha took up the funky guitars to accompany the deadpan delivery of their dance/rock fusion.

An electro/flamanco/rock fusion. Wait! What...?

The quality continued on the turntables as we were kept dancing until dawn both nights by A-list DJ’s. Pounding rhythms from techno wizards, Laurent Garnier and Mathew Jonson, a dash of dubstep from Maya Jane Coles and the acid-drenched sound of German underground maestro, Dixon. They were complemented by some homegrown tribal electronica, courtesy of producer Baiuca from Galicia. 

A French techno maestro hard at work.

Overall, this year’s event marks another high water mark in the development of this growing festival. We thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the performances across all stages, the professional staging and effective organisation. We can’t wait to find out who is coming next year…

Words by Cassandra Juan and Tim Dackombe

Photos Mallorca Live Festival