Kicking off the summer always means a very busy weekend, but Malta is not waiting even one more week to roll out events galore.This weekend sees an endless list of events perfect for lovers of art, music, alcohol and general debauchery, and it’s difficult to keep track of what’s on when and where.
To help get you started, though, here are 10 events happening around the Maltese Islands this weekend.
Friday 15th June
1. Żurrieq is getting a music festival with over 35 DJs and artists
For the next three days, Alchemy Festival is taking over the ridiculously scenic Warehouse Club in Żurrieq, bringing five international artists and over 30 local names on three different stages.
Expect everything from psy trance and techno to fire jugglers and LED shows with dancers.
This month, local girl band Cryptic Street made the news when they returned to their practice garage to find that most of their equipment (numbering over €5,000) had been stolen. Now, seven Maltese bands and artists have teamed together to organise a one-night music festival in aid of Cryptic Street.
3. The exhibition opening of one of Malta’s most promising young graphic designers
We’ve already made our love for Zack Ritchie very clear.
The young artist’s vibrant work has been featured all over the island, and it’s his latest Pajjiż-tal-Mickey-Mouse inspired Disney-Maltese iconography hybrid pieces that have really left an impact on the population.
Now, Ritchie will be hosting Malta’s Got Some Character, exhibiting his work at Valletta’s Iniala5. The exhibition will include limited edition acrylic artworks which go perfectly with any modern house, bar, restaurant, or really anywhere with a Maltese flair.
4. An EP launch perfect for Malta’s rockers
Local rock fans will instantly recognise Kenneth Calleja, the voice behind many a Rockestra performances. Now, Calleja is set to release his EP Living In A Song this Friday.
Beyond his new songs, Calleja will also be performing some all-time favourite rock classics. The night will also feature acoustic duo Kersten Graham and Wayne Camilleri, along with Rock DJ Steve Urpani.
Malta’s first ever tap take over is coming to Ryan’s Pub this Friday.
Expect at a mix of exclusive beers on tap, experimental only-in-keg beers, and an intensive list of bottled craft beers promising something for everyone.
Saturday 16th June
6. A Maltese time machine lands in Mellieħa
Magna Żmien is collaborating with Solar Cinema and Mellieha Local Council to bring locals what its calling The Magnificent Memories Machine. The night promises to be just that, showcasing local memories through film and photography.
The night will also feature light designs by the mighty Late Interactive and a sound installation by local alt musician Timothy Garrett… not to mention a showing of the beloved Solar Cinema itself!
7. A legendary club turns 20 years old
If you love techno or have heard a true clubbing phase in Malta, then you know full well the power of Liquid (or you might still refer to it as Vibes).
This weekend, Liquid is celebrating 20 years of pumping beats, dark tracks and endless nights (yes, it really has been there since 1998!). To make sure this momentous day is remembered in style, the club is bringing back some of the local scene’s best artists all under one roof.
8. One of Malta’s biggest bands returns for a very intimate performance
Beangrowers. If you’ve spent more than five minutes following the Maltese music scene, then you know exactly who they are.
Returning for a performance at Sliema’s Hole In The Wall, this time with an intimate twist; the audience will listen to the band via wireless headphones. This performance is limited to 60 people, so either reserve your headphones by sending an email to [email protected] or make sure to get down there early.
9. The ‘Gods of Doom’ descend upon Aria
If you’re looking for a more intense Saturday, doom metal legends Candlemass are gearing up for their performance at Aria Complex (right next door to Liquid).
The night will also feature Maltese giants Forsaken, who will be opening the night at around 9pm.
Sunday 17th June
10. A weekly summer clubbing event kicks off
For many Maltese people, summer doesn’t really start until promoters begin hosting weekly parties at their latest haunt.
Local agency Panthera will be kicking off their weekly bashes this Sunday at Marrakech (Gianpula), for what’s quickly shaping up to be a great excuse to party on a Sunday.