If you’re in Malta during the month of July and are stuck on what to do, you definitely don’t need to worry. This month won’t just have cool events happening on a weekly basis, but will see big events going down very regularly. With anything from outdoor film screenings to huge dance music festivals, here’s your guide to what’s quickly looking like one of the most eventful months in Malta this year.
5th July: Live music on Wednesdays are back
The Roof Top at Gianpula is the perfect place to be to sip a cocktail on a weekday with sunset in the background, so adding live music to that already heavenly mix was a no-brainer. The Rooftop Live Sessions are back this summer, with opening night duties being given to experimental jazz outfit The PlaKard Project .
5th – 7th July: A music festival in the South featuring big local and international names
Anyone who’s a fan of the local artists that dominate the Maltese airwaves knows about the Beland Music Festival , a three-day do in Żejtun which always manages to book the most famous mainstream acts on the island. This year promises to be no exception, with Malta’s very own superstar Ira Losco making a return to the live stage alongside other local sweethearts like Relikc and The Travellers (who have both just released new music videos ahead of their debut album releases).
The festival will also be featuring famous international acts such as 80s supergroup Alphaville , who will be performing on Wednesday the 5th.
6th July: A teen festival to celebrate the end of exams
Two stages. 13 DJs. CO2 shows. Pyrotechnic effects. Ben Camille. Valentina Rossi. J-Joy. New York Best pizza. An Ice Watch stand. UV make-up.
All the perfect ingredients for an end of exams teen festival, going down at Aria Complex.
6th July: A special live performance by one of Malta’s biggest bands (literally)
Malta’s very own Big Band Brothers (directed by Daniel Cauchi) will be taking the stage at this year’s International Arts Festival in Valletta’s Pjazza San Ġorġ, for a special collaboration with dandDLab architecture design laboratory. The whole thing promises to be “a fusion of big band with electro swing through Malta’s characterful sounds”, so if that sounds like something you’d be into, do not miss out.
6th, 13th and 21st: Outdoor cinema screeningsin the capital
The much-loved Triq Cinemoon Festival is back for another year this summer, and while the launch party was on the 29th of June, there are three screenings lined up for July.
7th – 9th July: A Wine Festival? Yes.
Marsovin’s Summer Wine Festival is back for another successful edition, and with over 30 wines and a long list of bands performing over the weekend (including chart-topping Airport Impressions), this should be amazing. The only question is; will you manage to cross off all the stages of attending the wine festival?
7th – 9th July: An electronic music festival on a beach in Gozo
Sunscape has become more than just a music festival, with the organisers also offering an opportunity to learn and be inspired, “a haven for us to enjoy the outdoors, make new friends and transform ourselves”. The fourth edition is set to be more of that. Besides Headliners such as Tube & Berger, Ott, General Levy & Radikal Guru, this year it’s all about choosing your adventure with 12 new areas to explore including a new performing arts stage and an enigmatic Fun House in the shape of a maze.
9th July: The return of one of Malta’s biggest alternative sweethearts
Alternative band Brodu stole the hearts of many with the release of their hauntingly beautiful Iċ-Ċimiterju three years ago, and now, it’s time for their second album. The five-piece will be releasing their second LP Tfejt at Valletta’s Saint James Cavalier on a Sunday with shows at 5.30pm and 8.30pm, and their latest offerings sound just as cute (and awesome).
11th – 16th July: A cabaret musical which was actually written by a former Maltese Prime Minister
Yes, you read that right. Ex-Prime Minister and author Alfred Sant has written a theatrical cabaret, Balzunetta Towers, telling the story of ‘Strait Street’s naughtier sister’ and is geared up to be one hell of a show.
14th – 23rd July: A Shakespearean comedy at San Anton Gardens
A performance of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew will be going down in the beautiful San Anton Gardens this month, following a tradition which has been going for more than half a century. And considering MADC’s last performance of the comedy was 12 years ago, it’ll be interesting to see what hilarious reinterpretations the play gets this time round.
15th July: A metal festival with a decade-long history
July sees the return of the Xtreme Metal Assault Festival (or XMA as it’s more commonly known among local metal-heads), and this year will be bringing some of the best local and foreign acts all under one roof. Oh yeah, and that roof is a place called The Warehouse. Go hard or go home.
20th – 22nd July: The Malta Jazz Festival hitting the streets of Valletta
Now in its 26th edition, the Malta Jazz Festival is one of the longest running and highly-acclaimed festivals organized by the Malta Arts Council. Previous acts include showstoppers like Snarky Puppy, Mike Stern and Bill Evans, and the festival is set to yet again give a touch of jazzy class to Valletta this July.
21st July: A fabulous album launch by a local funk band
Relikc have been around for a decade now, topping local charts and playing at most Maltese festivals. Now, they’re all set to launch their debut album The Code Of Antics at a fabulous event. Think Madliena Lodge, food by the delicious KuYa, and a VIP area with free-flowing drinks.
They recently released an incredibly cute music video for the first single from their album, and it’s been getting rave reviews.
21st – 23rd July: A three-day long gay festival
FESTA is coming this July, and it looks fabulous AF. Building on the great success of their Friday gay bash nights, Lollipop are teaming up with Beatbears and S2S Events to organize the first ever gay party festival in Malta.
From Tigullio to Gianpula (and a cheeky boat party), this is going to be an epic, three-day LGBT+ festival. Oh and yeah, Maltese icon Mary Rose Mallia is performing.
25th, 26th, 27th July: A hilarious concert all about the Maltese language
“You’ve been asking us for a concert for quite some time now. And we’ve heard you.”
Maltese-language pros Kelma Kelma will be returning with their hilarious Kelma Kelma, Nota Nota series with a politically-charged Jekk Ittuna n-Number 1, and judging by their previous releases, it’s all set to be hilarious.
27th – 30th July: An artsy short film festival in a hauntingly beautiful cemetery
The Kinemastik International Short Film Festival is one of the oldest and most adored in Malta, and it’s coming back for a 13th edition. This year, it will be held over four days in the eerily peaceful Garden of Rest of Cemetery in Valletta. The festival will end with the eight edition of Little Rock People, the Children’s Film festival.
28th July: The kick-off of a whole week of beer and live music
One of the biggest annual appointments in summer for most Maltese people is the Farsons Beer Festival, and yes, it’s a beer extravaganza. Add to that a very long list of local (and international) artists over two stages and a bonanza of food stalls ranging from sushi to pizza, and you’ve got yourself a winner every single time.
The festival will go on till the 6th of August, and a full lineup will be released soon.
29th July: Closing the month off in style with one of the world’s biggest dance music festivals landing in Malta
Aria People broke the local internet a couple of months ago when they announced that Unite With Tomorrowland is coming to Malta this July, and we’re finally here!
A satellite connection will be set up from Belgium to different locations, but live DJs will also be performing on the for 12 hors of music on a record-breaking “monster stage”. Erm, yes, yes please.