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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.

Source: The Beland Music Festival Facebook Page


Published in Local Music News

Malta, represented by Gianluca with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has been receiving a lot of positive acclaim as of late for the simple reason that the track echoes a current genre of music, one that is enjoyed above and beyond. Following the recent comments made by the British Tabloids, it seems that a couple of votes from the international OGAE network are also being received despite the fact that Malta has never achieved stupendous results even when it performed at the actual Eurovision Song Contest. Following the ten points from Luxembourg, it seems that Gianluca has racked up a couple of points from Estonia. 

As a matter of fact, Estonia have given Malta a total of two (2) points whilst revealing that their most favourite entry is the one from Finland entitled Marry Me with vocals provided by Krista Siegfrids. As a matter of fact, this same entry will be the one performing just prior to Malta and therefore, one would definitely see a couple of Estonians cheering both entries on during the evening. Estonia who were extremely successful at last years' Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by Birgit and the song Et uus saaks alguse in the first semi-final. They have been drawn in the second position within the running order and are somewhat fearing the worst despite having an extremely beautiful country ballad. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: OGAE Estonia


Bonnie Tyler, a familiar name in the music industry known for several hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Lost in France, It's a Heartache and Total Eclipse of the Heart took on the task of representing the United Kingdom at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the British Broadcasting Corporation asking her following their listen of the song Believe In Me. Promotion for Bonnie has been key both nationally and abroad noting that due to the fact that she was internally selected, she wanted to get the local media involved as much as possible. Believe In Me, a co-write between Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide will take to the stage during the final but nevertheless, a live performance took place last night. 

As a matter of fact, Bonnie Tyler was invited as one of the guests on The Graham Norton Show which airs Friday nights on BBC One and indeed, she gave a stunning rendition of her entry Believe In Me which has earned her mixed opinions. The staging during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest will be different considering that there will be the addition of backing vocalists, both of male and female gender rather than a band and this will surely help liven up the image. The whole stage performance is being set up by Arlene Phillips, renowned choreographer and former judge on Strictly Come Dancing, which is very much the British version of Dancing with the Stars. It will be intriguing to see how the staging will be divulged on the night but nevertheless, there need not be any worries of a lacklustre vocal performance as was the guest with Engelbert Humperdinck last year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: BBC


Ég á Líf, co-written by Orlygur Smari and Petur Orn Gudmundsson with vocals provided by Eythor Ingi will be representing Iceland in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It comes as no surprise to learn that this is one of the dark horses in the competition noting that a similar type of entry in the form of Kuula on behalf of Estonia succeeded last year, achieving sixth place at the end of the evening. Hands Up Music, the independent record label responsible for the distribution of the entry along with the delegation have also decided on team that will be backing the main male vocalist as they embark on the trip to Malmö, Sweden.

In an official press booklet published by the same aforementioned record label which has been responsible for supporting the Icelandic entries for the past couple of years, it was noted down that there will be four male backing vocalists; Beggi Smart, Einar Johannson, Hannes Fridbjarnarson and Kristjan Gislason. The latter name of the four is definitely not new to the scene having also represent Iceland in the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest as part of the duo, Two Tricky whose entry Angel should have done way better than it actually did. Iceland will be competing alongside Malta in the second semi-final of the esteemed international competition with Ég á Líf being the favourite entry of Gianluca. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: Hands Up Music


escflashmalta.com is proud to enlist six of the most professional people in the music industry to analyse and assess the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. For the second semi-final, three of these with experience in several genres have been putting their respective thoughts forward with the sole aim to see what lies behind each track. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Hungary whose broadcaster, MTV has been drawn in slot number #12 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Kedvesem is co-written by Alex Márta and Zoltán Palásti Kovács with vocals provided by ByeAlex.

Alex made first attempts to write songs when he was a teenager. When he finished high-school, he formed a band called Love Story Bar, which did not get too far though. His first success as musician came after his university graduation: his first single Csókolom! was regularly played by national music channels, followed by his next singles Láttamoztam and Messziről which was a joint composition with radio listeners. The story of ByeAlex becoming the representative of Hungary in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest is quite unusual yet simple: it was a „veni, vidi, vici” phenomenon. ByeAlex never thought that it could happen. He did not even want to enter his song for the contest, his managers did it for him. He thought that he didn't have enough stage experience needed for such a show. 

But it seems like his performance clicked with the audience, their votes got him through from the heats to the semi-finals, to the final and to victory with a persuasive majority of 40%, overtaking well-known talent show stars. ByeAlex says he still can’t fully comprehend what he got himself into. There has never been a Hungarian Eurovision entry which caused such a stir. While some of the Hungarian celebrities made one nasty remark after another publicly, the supporters of Alex celebrated the values he and his song Kedvesem stand for. A pure and honest song about love, sung by a humble, intelligent, sensible man. ByeAlex is determined to perform Kedvesem in Hungarian. He believes that the people who have voted for him throughout the show would take it as an insult if he didn't. 


The version of the song which won the Hungarian national selection show A Dal and which he will sing in Malmö is a remix by the Hungarian producer and DJ Zoohacker. Hungary decided to change the system of their selection process ever so slightly for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The element of bringing in a total of thirty (30) songs proved to be a bit difficult for both the public and the jury because of the better songs ultimately got lost along the way. During the final, which featured a total of eight (8) songs, six received votes from the jury and these six ultimately became somewhat super-finalists with the public having the final say in the votes. Despite the fact that Kedvesem performed by ByeAlex had managed only fourth place with the professional jury, it was the public chocie and thus won the ticket to Sweden.

This will be Hungary's eleventh participation at the Eurovision Song Contest with recent results being characterised within the lower end table of the scoreboard within the final. Since returning in 2011, the country has always managed to make the final, the first time with What About My Dreams? a fan favourite which completely tanked during the final achieving twenty-second place and last year finishing in an almost last position with the track Sound Of Our Hearts with just nineteen points. The country has managed to reach the top ten on two occasions, the first time coming during the debut appearance back in 1994 with the song Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet? which peaked in fourth place and the second occasion being in 2007 with the beautiful soulful track, Unsubstantial Blues which reached ninth place in Helsinki. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 73%

Martin Isherwood: No idea what the lyrics about – Doh! say me. Interesting voice. Not a straight ESC song but a refreshing change for that. Really strong hooks. More like a TV advert for a mobile company rather than an ESC track.

Sharon Vaughn: This is quite mesmerizing. Looking forward to seeing the artist perform it!

Stano Simor: Hungary is one of the central countries to compete within the Eurovision Song Contest and thus has my full support. The composition itself is not amazing and the fact that it is performed in Hungarian is a bit too difficult to deal with. Kedvesem (meaning 'darling') would certainly turn a few heads with the female fans. 

Source: eurovision.tv


Published in Editorials

Graham Norton, the outspoken commentator on behalf of the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest invited Bonnie Tyler for his programme on BBC One prior to her departure to Malmö, Sweden where this years' international showcase is set to be held. Along with Bonnie Tyler, there were a number of guests including; Chris Pine (Star Trek), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Kim Cattrall (Sex and The City). During the interview with Bonnie Tyler, Graham revealed his favourites to be none other than Malta and Russia with Bonnie noting Denmark and The Netherlands. Believe In Me, co-written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide will be the song representing the United Kingdom in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2009, Sir Terry Wogan stepped aside as commentator for the United Kingdom following his several years of service with people outside of the country opting to watch the show through the British Broadcasting Corporation. Graham Norton stepped in and has given the country ample promotion through both television and radio shows which he hosts through the same broadcasting network. It is definitely positive to hear that Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca is one of his favourite entries and this augurs well should Malta make it through to the final, the show on which he will be commentating. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with our collaboration with Radio International and escXtra.com kicking off in just a matter of days.

Source: Digital Spy Forums


Sharon Vaughn from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Armenia whose broadcaster, ARMTV has been drawn in slot number #11 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Lonely Planet is co-written by Vardan Zadoyan and Tony Iommi with vocals attributed to the group, The Dorians.

The most popular Armenian rock band Dorians represents Armenia in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song Lonely Planet, written by Tony Iommi, the guitarist and songwriter of Black Sabbath, and Armenian lyricist Vardan Zadoyan. “Dorians” consists of five musicians: Gor Sujyan (lead vocal), Gagik Khodavirdi (lead guitar), Edgar Sahakyan (bass guitar), Arman Pahlevanyan (keyboards) and Arman Jalalyan (drums). Gor Sujyan, the front man of the rock band, took the decision to become a musician when he first listened to the song Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin, which has been symbolic and, perhaps, fatal. In a very short period of time the young man who never ever took music education has recorded outstanding achievements in the music industry together with his friends Gagik, Arman, Edgar and Arman.

Led Zeppelin had a big influence on the process of formation of Dorians. In 2008 when the boys gathered together they created a band called Gor and Friends and they began to perform the songs of Led Zeppelin. In six months they decided to perform not only cover songs, but also their own songs and decided to rename the band from Gor and Friends to Dorians. At the beginning the band was performing songs only in English, but soon Dorians made a great revolution in their repertoire presenting their fans the song Yes Kulam which means I’m Crying in Armenian. The song became very popular because “it’s about a greater love”, as Gor explains. Dorians first studio album called Fly was released in 2011. In August, 2011, the band performed during the opening ceremony of Serj Tangian’s concert in Yerevan. 


But the most important concert for the band took place in September 2010, when Glenn Hughes and Derek Sherinian performed on the same stage with Dorians in Yerevan. Upon their return to the Eurovision Song Contest following a one year absence, the nation decided to appoint Gor Suyjan alongside his band known as The Dorians to represent the country. Indeed, they were presented with four entries to perform and despite all being within the 'rock genre', it was quite recognisable that the fight would be between Lonely Planet, the eventual winner and Toy Planet which many stated to be the first runner-up. The national selection was organised on a small scale within a television studio in Armenia and featured guests such as Gianluca from Malta and Sophi & Nodi from Georgia. It was not a long process and the results came to be known relatively early into the evening. 

Without Your Love, performed by André finished in eighth place within the final of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest held in Athens, Greece and it was the beginning of a successful tenure within the music spectacle. In the years that followed, the country continued to reach top ten results, with their best showing to date coming in 2008 as Sirusho took to the stage in Belgrade for an astonishing performance of the song Qele Qele landing her the third runner-up slot. Unfortunately, it was to be pop princess Emmy to fail to take the country into the final for the very first time back in 2011, and this prompted a lot of criticism, leading to the withdrawal of the nation, the opportune time to take a break although many knew that there were other reasons involved. The song Boom Boom had always been a question mark but given the positive history of the nation, one would have managed to believe otherwise. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 57%

Martin Isherwood: Good chorus although the feel change lessens the tension rather than raises it Interesting rhyme - lonely planet / who has done it. Nice sentiment. Great voice. Feels momentarily like 'The circle of life' in the bridge and rhythmically like cars 'drive' in the chorus Good solid pop rock song

Sharon Vaughn: A lot of passion and a great message. Couldn't help but notice the English grammar mistakes. Someone should check the text before they record. It would add to the credibility.

Stano Simor: Armenia sends a nice ballad to the Eurovision Song Contest. The chorus is quickly noticeable and the singers' voice has a really nice tone to it. Overall this type of entry is not typical of the international spectacle but very radio-ish. The stage presentation will most likely be nothing special and therefore keeping things simple. 

Source: eurovision.tv


Published in Editorials

One of the most notable tabloids in the United Kingdom is currently reviewing all of the competing entries in this years' Eurovision Song Contest with the running headline asking the readers on whether respective entries can join the list of elite winners of the competition. Malta who will be represented by Gianluca and the song Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat was analysed yesterday and it seems that despite a general positive perspective, they still pointed out the 'ukelele opening' which somewhat resembles the ones used in tracks such as Hey Soul Sister and Little Talks by Train and Of Monsters and Men respectively.

In recent weeks, Tomorrow performed by Gianluca has been on the receiving end of a lot of positive acclaim with shortening betting odds putting the country in sixteenth place to win this years' Eurovision Song Contest, one of the best results ever prior to the competition. On the other hand, the same betting odds are predicting the country to finish in sixth place within the semi-final ahead of countries such as Armenia and Romania who have troubled the scoreboard in recent years. It is also worth noting that Malta received second place with the fan club of Luxembourg yesterday along with leading the Europrediction second semi-final poll on Oikotimes.

The Daily Mirror awarded Malta a total of seven (7) points out of a possible ten (10), the same amount which they gave to the British entry Believe In Me performed by Bonnie Tyler, adding that the song is 'cheery and upbeat, if perhaps a bit slight'. The one doubt that they seemed to have is how well the performance will come across on screen considering that the 'summer sunshiney video' works extremely well. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Malta in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Sweden following the astonishing victory of Loreen and her entry Euphoria co-written by Thomas G:Son and Thomas Bostrom. 

Source: Daily Mirror


Valentina Monetta, a young artist from San Marino who will always be known in the history books for having represented the micro-state on two occasions having donned the same honour last year with her entry The Social Network Song which was also composed by Ralph Siegel. San Marino is one of the few nations which is yet to make it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest unfortunately and it seems that they have their best shot ahead of them. escflashmalta.com with the help of Fernando Mercieca, part of the Delegation of San Marino this year has managed to get in touch with the female artist and speak to her about a variety of things including last years' representation, her career in San Marino and what she expects out of this years' competition.

This will be the fourth participation of San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest with all of the previous attempts proving to be somewhat futile unfortunately despite the variety of genres put forward by the broadcaster whose internal panel always had a successful strategy in place. As a former representative, what do you believe was the element behind the negative results and what do you plan to do later on this year when you take on the stage of the event once more?

I think that when an artist has to substitute another artist at the last minute , like what happened to me last year, its not a good start to have success. This year I feel more strong and thanks to the collaboration with Ralph Seigel finally I can propose my self and I believe that this is the secret , believing in your self and you respect your art. On the park in Malmo you will see a different Valentina but still authentic who will sing my story with my favourite colour red.

You are the first solo artist from San Marino to try and get your nation into the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest, having already taken up the position last year with the track The Social Networking Song co-written by Timothy Touchton, Jose Santana Rodriguez and Ralph Siegel. The final individual mentioned in the list is a veteran of the spectacle and has come up with a second song for you to perform, one which seems to merge together two genres, which are stunning separately yet fuse in wonderfully together. What could you tell us about the song Crisalide (Vola) and the lyrics in Italian which have been written by Mauro Balestri?

Mauro Balestri is a poet 'Crisalide' is like a breath of life, an awareness of a new truth to help us face courage, a positive message to recover our selves.... destroying all the walls that doesn’t let us to believe in ourselves. The Beatles used to say “Let it be” and I say “Fly”.


One of the most positive elements within the Eurovision Song Contest is the number of healthy relationships between competing nations and indeed, Malta and San Marino have grown to enjoy each other’s music through this spectacle. Earlier this year, Gianluca was selected to competing in this years’ edition with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek and as a matter of fact, will be taking part in the same semi- final. What are your thoughts about the Maltese entry and do you think that you’ll both be smiling towards the end of the semi-final?

Volaaaaaaa (Fly) … Gianluca, I hope that we will both go to the final :)

Versatility is the key to every artist and indeed, through the songs that you have presented within the Eurovision Song Contest, you have shown your fans and the general audience that you can perform roughly anything. As a matter of fact, you have already released a solo album which mainly features the jazz genre under the title Il Mio Gioco Preferito (My Preferred Favourite Game) with a trio known as My Funky Valentine. What could you tell us about this studio album and what did it mean to record it?

My album is a celebration of my dream that i had since i was a child, of my work and my passion towards music.


In recent years, several broadcasters across Europe have chosen to select their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in an internal manner with a panel of judges or even through the delegation responsible for the actual participation. The public is generally appalled by not having a choice with the selection process unfortunately. What is your opinion about this matter and do you believe that the public should start having a say in the selection of representation of San Marino?

Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to do a public selection like other countries do and I do feel sorry about this as it is a very good method to choose the right song ... My colleagues within the Delegation of San Marino know about the possibility how to visualise the material whilst keeping in mind that this is for the Eurovision Song Contest, an event which costs a lot of money. I feel quite fortunate knowing that I have a production team which acknowledges this, whilst keeping in line with the elements of music and professionality. 

Prior to your selection as the representative of San Marino at last years' Eurovision Song Contest, it was quite a stellar year already having had the opportunity to participate within the show Ma Che Differenza Fa, a tribute to the stunning Ornella Vanoni. During the showcase you had the opportunity to show more than your vocal abilities, taking up an acting role as well. Then following your performance at the international spectacle, finishing in fourteenth place, you were selected for a lead role in the music Camelia commission by UNICEF. Such projects are a hallmark in one's musical career and how did you perceive them?

Its a great confimation that I had when I started to choose the patt of what to do... in both shows they did not celebrate my maturity and growth... In Camelia that Crisalide was born.


One of the positive elements which many had foreseen with the entry of San Marino into the Eurovision Song Contest is surely the return of the Italian language as a matter of fact, you will be taking up this idea and executing it during the second semi-final. Italian had not been seen in the event on a consistent basis because of the free language rule and also because Italy had stopped participating. Of course, this changed on their return as they have presented songs partly in English and Italian. What is your opinion on the language choice?

I think that it would be more interesting and authentic to listen to the songs in their own native language, even thought the English version would be potentially great from a commercial aspect.

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Thanks … my love and my breath is for all of you :)


Published in Interviews

Alongside Sweden, Luxembourg is the second most successful country in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest but consecutive disappointing results achieved in 1992 and 1993 respectively saw to their withdrawal. The support between smaller countries has always been evident and in the two aforementioned years, Malta gave the tiny duchy ten points on both occasions. It seems that our long lasting friendship is still appreciated by the rather strong fanbase as the OGAE members have voted Malta's entry Tomorrow performed by Gianluca in second place just behind Denmark whose entry is entitled Only Teardrops and set to be sung by Emmelie de Forest.

Marion Welter, representative at the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Luxembourg was also part of the team of reviewers on escflashmalta.com last year seeing to the entries that competed in the second semi-final. As has already been noted by several online blogs and forums alike, Denmark is the outright favourite with the fans whilst San Marino's entry entitled Crisalide (Vola) is currently in second place overall. At this point in time, there are around nine countries who are yet to pick up any points with some having obtained votes from one country, as has been the case with Malta who has never really done well in OGAE voting along the years. 

  • 1 point - Greece
  • 2 points - Hungary
  • 3 points - San Marino
  • 4 points - Moldova
  • 5 points - Norway
  • 6 points - Sweden
  • 7 points - Netherlands
  • 8 points - Germany
  • 10 points - Malta
  • 12 points - Denmark
The last successful entry from Luxembourg was back in 1988 when they had enlisted the aid of Belgian and Italian singer, Lara Fabian whose entry Croire ranked fourth on the night. Lara Fabian became a huge star in mainland Europe in the years to come and she is very much compared to Celine Dion, who represented Switzerland in the same year with the track Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi achieving victory by a mere one (1) point. We sincerenly hope that they will rekindle their flame for the international competition and return in due course.  We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news in preparation for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest which will be taking place later this month.
Source: OGAE Luxembourg