The festival will open on the 10th of May and will come to an end on the 17th of May and if last year’s event is anything to go by, this year’s festival will be better and even bigger, in fact they have moved the festival from their normal location to Bulebel. Slowly it is establishing itself as one of the event all the lovers of local music look forward to, in fact a number of people have been asking about the festival for quite some time. Each and every day has a special theme or a special act assigned to it which also includes a foreign tribute band of one of the biggest bands that ever existed.
Friday - 10th May at 21:00
Kevin Borg Live in Concert
Supported by: Glen Vella, Pamela, Barber’s Cut & Paul Curmi Dance Studio
Saturday - 11th May at 21.00
Ira Losco Live in Concert
Supported by: Planet Seed & The New Victorians
Sunday - 12th May at 20.30
Pop Hits & Maltese Classics
Eleanor Cassar, Stephanie Zammit, Georgina, Franklin Calleja, Chris Grech, Olivia Lewis,
Luisana Bartolo, Nadine Barolo, Charlotte Bartolo & Gillian Attard’s Children Choir
Monday - 13th May at 20:30
Red Electrick, The Riffs & The Crowns
Tuesday - 14th May at 20:30
The Green Gathering
Tarcisio Barbara, Kirstie Barbarbara, Kurt Galea, Naomi Balzan, Katoushka Mifsud, Malcolm Camilleri, Kirstie Balzan
Feast songs: Eleanor Cassar, Gillian Attard, Alexia Fenech, Stephen Mizzi
Wednesday - 15th May at 20:30
Guns 2 Rose – Tribute Band
Supported by: Fuse Box & Harriet Cohen
Thursday - 16th May at 20:30
Eurovision Song Contest – Second Semi-Final on a Big Screen (Malta’s Night)
Friday – 17th May at 20:30
Bon Jovi Tribute
One can see the festival as an opening to the summer months activities as other activities take place all around the island during the summer months but most of them would not be held on such a grand scale. To organize such a massive event is not easy and Beland would not have been able to provide such a field with different artists were it not for the support they found from their sponsors. The event is free of charge but those in attendance are encouraged to give a small donation that will go directly to Puttinu cares as for another year, the event is being held in aid of Puttinu Care which works for such a noble case. So remember from the 10th of May to the 17th of May your entertainment spot should be in Zejtun at the Beland Music Festival. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more information.
In 2010, the editorial board of escflashmalta.com came together for the first time and one of the aims sought out was to represent the local music scene in the best possible way. At the same time, Gianluca Cappitta on guitars, Jean-Paul Mollicone on keyboards, Chris Ciantar on bass, Luke Vella Clark on drums and Victorio Gauci on vocals had just come together, forming a band known as The Crowns which we endorsed and promote. Best New Artist nominations came quickly at both the Bay Music Awards and the Malta Music Awards respectively and original music just became a passion rather than work. Their debut album entitled Someone Else will be launched on the 20th April 2013 but nevertheless, Home precedes the album release and it is currently playlisted by all major radio stations in the country.
The fourth single off their anticipated debut album is also being aided by an official music video as has been the case with Never Ends, which was the third single release. Temple Studios, home to The Crowns since their inception have worked really hard to produce yet another professional track, one which is immersing an international sound within a local product without losing authenticity. Character is always vital in music and considering that the local music scene offers several bands including Scar, Airport Impressions, Red Electrick, Winter Moods and Planet Seed amongst others, one has to stand out whilst remaining true to the music. escflashmalta.com invites all fans of the industry to attend the launch of the group for which more details could be seen on the Facebook event. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.
Memories, an aptly titled debut single for the group, The Crowns when they had just started out in the local music scene just two years ago and indeed, the success of that particular track has somewhat been emphatic, so much so that the group is going strong and will soon be releasing their debut album, a collection of original songs. Gianluca Cappitta is on guitars and backing vocals, Jean-Paul Mollicone on keyboards, Chris Ciantar is on the bass, Luke Vella Clark plays the drums and ultimately, Victorio Gauci puts in a solid vocal performance. The release of their premier collection is being preceded by a brand new single entitled Home which as has always been the case is co-written between themselves.
Temple Studios have been the home for The Crowns since their inception and one could instantly note on a first listen that there was a lot of attention put towards the production of this track. Professionalism is key and the fourth single is just a continuation of the stunning sound which the group has come to create together. Whilst the effort is still considered to fall under a pop/rock genre, one would get the slight feeling of indie coming in, that sound which has become characterised by groups such as Of Monsters and Me as well as Mumford and Sons. The vocals are stunning and the whole production comes across as masterful. The official release of Home is expected in the next couple of days and whilst XFM had the first airplay a couple of hours back, escflashmalta.com is proud to offer you an exclusive snippet of the track. Stay tuned for more local releases in the coming days, weeks and months!
The most anticipated annual summer event, the 2013 Farsons Great Beer Festival kicked off yesterday and will be on till Sunday the 5th of August. Each and every year the festival brings together some of the best local stars along with upcoming artists that entertain the crowds present for the ten days festivities at Ta’ Qali. All those in attendance can enjoy the entertainment offered on both the main stage and the rock stage whilst sipping down their favourite beer.
The Beer Festival always manages to unite the two main areas of the local music scene, as one finds a mix of music that varies from pop, rock and alternative – the mix includes the singers who are more associated to local contests to singers and bands who their main focus is hitting the radio airwaves. This amalgamation manages to attract different crowds to the beer festival and that is the reasons why the festival is a huge success year after year.
Friday 27th July
Main Stage: Funk Initiative / Big Band Brothers
Rock Stage: Saving Alexis / International Diamond Thieves / Red Electrick
Saturday 28th July
Main Stage: Lyndsay / Thea / Freddie Portelli
Rock Stage: Skimmed / Bletchley Park / Dripht / The Riffs
Sunday 29th July
Main Stage: Trip / Disco Show by DJ Alex (Reflex)
Rock Stage: Aces Shade / Seriousz Funk / St Matthew / Juuls Reggae Party
Monday 30th July
Main Stage: Simon Elvis / Tribali
Rock Stage: In The Name Of / Nomad Son / Forsaken
Tuesday 31st July
Main Stage: St Matthew / Joe Demicoli
Rock Stage: ColourBlind / A Day Too Late / Fire
Wednesday 1st August
Main Stage: Planet Seed / Marty Rivers
Rock Stage: Three Stops To China / Dolls for Idols / Stolen Creep / Cable35
Thursday 2nd August
Main Stage: Kyle / Versatile Brass Band
Rock Stage: 26 Other Worlds / Rug / No Snow No Alps
Friday 3rd August
Main Stage: Ivan Filletti / Airport Impressions
Rock Stage: Mikaela & Band / BNI / Bridget Bone
Saturday 4th August
Main Stage: Brooke / Zoo Show
Rock Stage: 12th Ode / Texanna / The Creepers
Sunday 5th August
Main Stage: The Crowns / Kurt Calleja & Band
Rock Stage: Canvas Wall / Scar / Fakawi
In the past couple of months, there has been somewhat of a resurgence when it comes to local bands with the introduction of quite a couple but it is to be duly noted that one of them who received initial support and online media coverage was The Crowns, a group which is fronted by the lead vocalist Victorio Gauci but which also features; guitarist Gianluca Cappitta, keyboard player Jean-Paul Mollicone, drummer Luke Vella Clark and bassist Chris Ciantar. Following the huge success of their debut single Memories and then their sophomore release Out of Nowhere, the band were nominated for a Malta Music Award and even won two Bay Music Awards and they are back with a brand new track entitled Never Ends.
It is quite important to note that musically speaking there has been an evolving style, one which is surely working for the lads who have shown themselves to be worthy newcomers to the scene. They have a strong growing fanbase as witnessed during their most recent gig supporting none other than Wintermoods who are one of the two most followed groups in the country. Apart from a brand new track, it also has an accompanying video so that the promotion is done in the best possible way. When you listen to the song for the very first time, you will be noticing the direction that they have took being somewhat more mellow and more current. Honestly enough, this sounds like another hit in my ears and I hope that it manages to succeed to keep their perfect record in tact.
Source: escflashmalta.com, The Crowns