Music and the arts in Gibraltar

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CONTINUING the review of things to do when you visit Gibraltar, John Smith looks at entertainment options.

For a small community, there is no doubt that Gibraltar ‘punches above its weight’ and has a great deal of entertainment going on throughout the year.

If you want to see the latest movies in English, then the relatively recently opened Leisure Cinema in Line Wall Road has four or five films showing every day with the most expensive ticket for a 2d screening being £8 (€9) although there are discounts for early screenings, children and senior citizens.

Many bars offer live music as there seem to be a large number of pretty good musicians on the Rock and bar/restaurants like La Sala on board the Sunborn Yacht Hotel in Ocean Village offer music every night with weekends often seeing tribute artists from the coast and the UK.

Gibraltar Music Week which runs from August 29 to September 3 has already announced that Toyah Wilcox and Glen Matlock – one of the original Sex Pistols – will be performing as part of the Rock on the Rock festival and there will be a special DJ night when current Ibiza based favourite Phoebe d’Abo will be flying in to play with local DJs.

These ‘warm up nights’ will prepare locals and thousands of visitors for the MTV Gibraltar Calling Festival at Victoria Stadium on September 2 and 3 which welcomes a score of big names including Clean Bandit, Charlie XCX and Kaiser Chiefs for the annual two day spectacular.

For those who prefer slightly more intimate concerts, most years see performances in the beautiful setting of St Michael’s Cave, a world music festival, the International Song Festival which attracts entries from all over the world plus many more performances at special events such as National Day.

Classical music is not forgotten and the Gibunco Literary Festival welcomes some of the most popular British writers including politicians, chefs, historians and wits as well as a regular broadcast of BBC 4’s Just a Minute.

Whatever type of artistic entertainment you look for, at some stage it will be presented on the Rock.

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