While not all concerts of Rock’N Malta series have been announced, the organisers are proud to announce that the first gig (30 July) will be headlined by no others than Gogol Bordello.“Following the fantastic debut of this concert series last year, we are looking forward to reaching higher heights this year. Rock is life,” proclaimed Lou Bondi, Artistic Director of Rock’N Malta.
Gogol Bordello is a famous gypsy, Latin folk, and punk rock band from Manhattan, known for its humour, activism and colourful performances. The Maltese band Brodu will open the exceptionally colourful night.
On August 24, Rock’N Malta goes very heavy metal. This gig will be headlined by Dark Tranquillity, a pioneering Swedish melodic metal band mainly responsible for creating the Gothenburg sound. Loosely within the same metal genre, although more progressive, is the second headlining act – Evergrey. With 11 bone-crunching albums under their belt, they promise to take metal heads to heaven. The Maltese band Colourblind will open the show.
Julian Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, together with his band The Upsiders is another star addition to the 2018 line-up. A Grammy award nominated, roots-reggae musician, singer-songwriter, producer and humanitarian, Julian ‘Ju Ju’ Marley continues in the same tradition as his father. Singing his own and his father’s songs, his gig on 18 August will be another milestone for Rock’N Malta. Local band ManaTapu will open the concert with their infusion of reggae, ska, folk and rock music.
We also already know that August 30th will see legendary British indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs play Malta for the very first time. Inspired by the new wave and punk rock music of the late 1970s and 19080s, the band has constantly hit the Top 10 single and album charts single millions of records ever since their formation in the year 2000. Opening the concert will be local punk indie trio, Bila.
Rock’N Malta falls under the auspices of the newly created Festivals Malta. “Rock’N Malta is a clear example of how with the right resources and investment niche sectors can become strong and thriving players in the local cultural scene,” Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, remarked.
Tickets are on sale from Wednesday 23rd May 2018 online.