The Strokes, Florence + The Machine and Arcade Fire are the leading bands so far for the new event on August 31st and September 1st and 2nd


Cala Mijas, the revelation festival in Spain, is warming up the engines of its second edition. The Strokes, Florence + The Machine and Arcade Fire head the list of the first fourteen names confirmed for the coming festival in 2023, as revealed on Thursday the 17th by the mayor of Mijas, Josele González (PSOE), together with the councillor for Festivities, Tamara Vera (PSOE), while at a press conference held at The Penthouse in Madrid, along with representatives of Last Tour, the organiser of the festival.

“Following the success of the first edition, and after winning the Fest award for the best new festival in Spain, the bar was set very high. This responsibility has made us work with even more enthusiasm to bring back to Mijas the best in the national and international music scene. The Strokes, Florence + The Machine and Arcade Fire are the first confirmations for a second edition, which will also include Foals, Amyl & The Sniffers and Amaia and we will even have local representation such as the Malaga trio Ballena”, explained González, who stressed that “this first series of artists confirms that Cala Mijas is no longer a newborn”.

“Precisely, being here in Madrid, in front of specialised media from all over Spain, certifies the relevance and the position that Cala Mijas has achieved within the Spanish music circuit. It is a unique opportunity to continue to expand the name and the Mijas brand throughout the musical and cultural panorama of our country and also beyond our borders”, added the mayor.

Tickets can be purchased from the 21st to the 28th of November

For her part, councillor Vera underlined “the quality and musical variety of the artists we are announcing today. Once again names of international stature will share the stage with national and even local artists, offering a wide range of options for lovers of good music. Last year, some 107,000 people accompanied us at the Sonora Mijas venue and we hope that next year they will again place their trust in us on the 31st of August, 1st and 2nd of September. From the Mijas Town Hall, together with the organiser, Last Tour, we are finalising all the details in order to make this second edition an unforgettable experience for everyone”.

“After the good impression left by the first edition, and with everything we have learned, we continue working to improve even more next year’s experience with a more ambitious line-up and an enhanced venue”, added Eva Castillo, communications director of Last Tour, organiser of the festival.

Line-up of performances

Cala Mijas will return with the New Yorkers, The Strokes heading the first names on the bill along with the electrifying band led by Florence Welch, Florence + The Machine. They are joined by the more contemporary Canadian indie band, Arcade Fire, the UK’s Foals and “their enthusiastic hedonism and the bubbling electro pop freshness of Metronomy. The frenetic rock of Amyl and The Sniffers will explode at Sonora Mijas, and the undeniable French producers The Blaze will bring a sea of sensations to those present with their recently released single Dreamer”, stated the representatives of the government team.

National talent will be presided over by the always energetic and danceable Delaporte, the versatile talent of Amaia, the fusion of Pimp Flaco and Solo Astra Cupido with their recent album, the tontipop of Cariño and the electronic Galician Baiuca. As always, the local representation is relevant in the line-up with the innovation and musical tradition of Judeline and the power pop of the Malaga trio Ballena.

Fourteen contemporary bands and names make up the front lines of the second edition of the internatio-nal festival that, “after an apotheosic debut edition, prepares to confirm that second parts are good. Cala Mijas will once again be held in Mijas, an exceptional tourist destination for its renowned beaches and gastronomic offer. Building a community aware and committed to the care and conservation of the Costa del Sol is a priority for the festival”, stated the local administration.

The Town Hall informed that Sonora Mijas will return with significant improvements to its 120,000 square metres; The circular economy will be guaranteed through km 0 procurement, reuse of materials and waste management and sustainable mobility will continue with shuttle buses to facilitate the access and exit of attendees.

The festival will continue its alliances with different organizations such as Renta Básica (Basic Income), promoting the advancement of people at risk of exclusion, the NGO Equilibrio Marino (Marine Balance) to continue the project ‘Abraza el mar de Mijas’ (Embrace the sea of Mijas), which seeks to enhance and recover the Special Conservation Area (ZEC) of Calahonda in Mijas Costa or the Mijas Town Hall itself to promote the recruitment of local staff through its employment exchange programme.

At the same time, the festival will once again provide services such as camping and glamping and public car parks, open to festival-goers. With more than 100,000 attendees, who arrived from more than 50 different countries, a braad new venue, the fulfilment of 1 Sustainable Development Goals, winning a Fest Award for ‘Festival Revelation’, and currently being nominated in the category of ‘Best Major Festival’ of the European Festival Awards... Cala Mijas happened just 75 days ago for the first time and none the moments experienced would have been possible without the support of all the people who came along to enjoy the festival. All the aforementioned encourages the organisation to continue working on the production of Cala Mijas 2023, making it an event in which to continue betting on the possibility of creating a complete, sustainable, original and innovative musical experience.


Source: Mijas Weekly