ONE OF THE COSTA BLANCA’S FAVOURITE social destinations has just released their summer 2020 entertainment schedule, with some acts on the Villamartin Plaza live music performance roster returning from last year, and some surprise stars due to take centre stage this summer.
The Plaza, as it is known locally, is renowned for its annual summer entertainments calendar and legendary charitable events, raising more than €50,000 last year for worthwhile local causes.
And for the forthcoming 2020 season, they´ve pulled out all the stops to provide more than four months of world-class entertainment throughout the summer.
Local acts will perform alongside international musicians, and the schedule kicks off unofficially with a spectacular springtime mega-party on Sunday 17th May with a headline performance from British glam-rock band, Doctor and the Medics.
Aid the Costas 2020 promises to be the biggest charity day on the Costa Blanca and one of the most prominent dates in the local social calendar this year, but Doctor and the Medics won´t be the only international name to grace Villamartin Plaza´s hallowed stage.
Villamartin Plaza: Summer 2020 Live Music Calendar
Local acts will perform alongside the international musicians, and the summer officially kicks off on Tuesday 26th May with local 4-piece band, the Geckos.
The all-male band opened last year´s season of live music at Villamartin Plaza, playing a varied back-catalogue of music from recording artists such as Paul Carrack, the Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, and Crowded House.
And live music lovers won´t need to wait long for the first in a string of internationally acclaimed acts, as Hot Chocolate´s Greg Bannis takes to the stage the night after the Geckos opening session.
The soul sensation fronted Hot Chocolate for nearly two decades, providing lead vocals for the group renowned for a string of hits including the sensational “You Sexy Thing”.
Live at The Plaza: The Paul Da Vinci Explosion Tour
June sees the arrival of legendary singer-songwriter Paul Da Vinci, returning to the centre stage to reprise “The Paul Da Vinci Explosion Tour”.
Paul is best known as the incredible three-and-a-half octave voice on the Rubettes number one selling single “Sugar Baby Love”, which sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
With a phenomenal singing career spanning more than four decades, Paul Da Vinci has worked with many top artists including Elton John, Ringo Starr, The Hollies, and David Essex.
Enjoying chart successes in the 70´s and 80´s as a solo artist, in 2016 he launched The Paul da Vinci Explosion, a band of seasoned top session musicians with an exciting and authentic remastering of beloved classic tracks from the 60´s and 70´s.
July and August on the Orihuela Costa music scene
Mannfred Mann´s Mike D´Abo will entertain the crowds for one night only on Thursday 2nd July. Mike D´Abo led the popular band during the late 60´s, recording the lead vocals for the Bob Dylan penned global hit “The Mighty Quinn”.
And just one week later on Thursday 9th July, the iconic glam-rock slash 70´s psychedelic folk group T.Rex will “Get It On” at the Plaza, expected to perform renditions of their classic rock catalogue.
London based street-singer Rob Falsini is used to the rigours of live performance, and has honed his edgy vocal rhythmic tone on the cobbled streets of Covent Garden Piazza in the nations capital city.
The British capital legend has built up a strong global following of dedicated fans and for one night only, he´ll leave London´s grey skies behind for an evening at Villamartin Plaza performing live on Thursday 23rd July.
Bay City Rollers: Rolling at Villamartin Plaza
Finally, September will see a string of famous names hit the Plaza´s centre stage, with X-Factor stars Steve Brookstein and Andy Abraham, swiftly followed by the Three Degrees and their fabulous band.
Villamartin Plaza will close the 2020 season in an inimitable style, with a performance by Les McKeown´s Bay City Rollers. The group closed out last year´s season and will return to Villamartin Plaza to reprise their role.
The Bay City Rollers are a Scottish pop-rock band known for their worldwide teen idol popularity in the 70´s. Over the years they have been called the “tartan teen sensations” and “the biggest group since the Beatles”.
The group’s line-up experienced many changes over the years, but lead singer Les McKeown kept the band “rolling” releasing a studio album “The Lost Songs” in 2016.
The band will take a break from their 2020 international tour: a gruelling 27-date one-night-only live music extravaganza that takes in venues across Canada during the spring, Australia during the summer, and Villamartin Plaza on Thursday 24th September.
President of the Villamartin Plaza, Casey Shaddock, stated “Everyone asks ´How can you top 2019´s music?´ Well, we have, and 2020 brings one of the strongest line-ups of live music in all of Spain and beyond!”
The summer line-up promises tribute acts, rock and pop, Northern soul, and with the overwhelming success of last years Summer Nights program, we¨re confident that the Plaza´s management team will be bringing awesome live music and entertainment to midweek´s throughout the summer.
Events at Villamartin Plaza are always well subscribed, and booking for any of this year´s events is strongly recommended. Find out about Villamartin Plaza´s summer schedule by visiting the official website.
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|17||AID THE COSTAS
DOCTOR & THE MEDICS
|27||Hot Chocolate´s Greg Bannis|
|28||The Jersey Boys Experience|
|03||Dan Davy / Bee Rumble|
|04||PAUL DA VINCI´S EXPLOSION TOUR
THE FOUNDATION´S FT ALAN WARNER
|10||Brian Mundell as Neil Diamond|
|18||PETE DONEGAN & HIS BAND|
|23||UEFA Euro 2020|
|25||JOHN ROSSALL´S THE GLITTER BAND|
|30||UEFA Euro 2020|
|01||David John Williams|
|02||MANFRED MANN´S MIKE D´ABO & HIS BAND|
|07||UEFA Euro 2020|
|08||UEFA Euro 2020|
|14||Al Joel / Dave McLeod|
|16||GES ROGERS UNION GAP|
|21||Brendan Carr as George Michael|
|23||ROB FALSINI AND FRIENDS|
|28||Something Else / Ireland|
|29||Best of British|
|04||De Polis, Police Tribute|
|05||Scott Dee as Engelbert Humperdinck|
|06||Brit Pop Band|
|11||Austin Slack and Band|
|13||BON GIOVI, BON JOVI TRIBUTE|
|20||Smooth Operator UK|
|26||DJ Dean Alexander|
|02||Paul James Allen / Tiny Lou|
|03||FLEETWOOD BAC, FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE|
|10||ANDY ABRAHAM & STEVE BROOKSTEIN|
|15||The Cages Unplugged|
|16||Melissa Fanning / Nigel Burchill|
|17||THE THREE DEGREES & THEIR FABULOUS BAND|
|22||Alan Scott / Dan Davy|
|24||LES MCKEOWN’S BAY CITY ROLLERS|
Editorial note: This page was first published 28th February 2019 and updated on 20th February 2020 with information for the current summer music season.