Lost & Found Festival has only been going for a couple of years, but it’s already taken Malta by storm. It’s the brainchild of top DJ and producer Annie Mac and lines up four days of partying. Lost & Found’s bagged its own festival site, which is tucked away in an exclusive corner of the island. It comes with a trio of stages, a nightclub and a hatful of ‘secret areas’ for you to try and sneak your way into. As well as this, the festival also breaks off into mini-fests across Malta. This means that, once the big opening party has kicked off the event in style, you can dance the night – or day – away at castle raves, boat parties and pool parties. So, who can you expect to see headlining for 2017? Along with Annie Mac, the biggest names are Armand Van Helden, Jamie Jones, and DJ supergroup J.E.S.U.S, which is a collab between Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Seth Troxler and Skream. Other artists on the bill include B Traits, Waze & Odyssey and Redlight. Tickets for the 2017 edition of Lost & Found – which will be held from the 13th to the 16th April – are out now.
Where to stay:
The Valentina Hotel’s sleek rooftop pool and martini bar make it the perfect place to wind down after – or warm up before – the Lost & Found Festival.
Unlike Lost & Found, which is in a tucked-away, secret location, the Isle of MTV Festival is right in the thick of things in a square in Floriana. A huge stage is set up at one end of Il-Fosos Square next to the Church of St Publius, which is just stumbling distance from the city’s hub of pubs, cocktail bars and music venues. The artists performing at the 2017 edition are yet to be revealed but, last year, the three big acts were Jess Glynne, Wiz Khalifa and Steve Aoki – so you can be sure 2017 will follow suit with just as decent a line-up. It’s just a one-night thing, but there’s a week’s worth of parties leading up to the main event. We’re talking al fresco club nights headlined by chart-topping DJs and sunset cocktails on the beach.
Where to stay:
Bed down at the Hotel Phoenicia and you’ll be less than five minutes’ walk from where the Isle of MTV Festival is held. The hotel itself is a fancy affair, with a swanky restaurant and a harbour-view pool.
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The location for Sunscape Festival is Ramla Bay, which is right on the very northern tip of the island of Malta. Fitting for this secluded spot, the festival is designed to strike a balance between both partying and chilling out. As well as DJ sets and cocktail bars, there are yoga sessions and massage therapists on hand to pamper you. Watersports, beach volleyball, art exhibitions, painting workshops and motivational talks are also on the agenda. So it’s a real all-rounder. As for the music, the line-up caters to more of a niche audience than Lost & Found and Isle of MTV. In 2016, Congo Natty feat Congo Dubz, Stanton Warriors and Maxxi Soundsystem were the three top headliners. Keep an eye on the Sunscape Festival’s website ready for when the 2017 artists are announced and tickets are released.
Where to stay:
Just like the Sunscape Festival, the Be Hotel combines partying and relaxing. It’s in a central location, five minutes’ walk from the local nightlife. Plus, there’s a rooftop pool with beach views, and a spa where you can book in for treatments.
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Author: Sarah Robinson
City bases don’t get more stylish than this – the Valentina Hotel comes with a rooftop pool, almost 100 luxurious rooms, and a martini bar.
The The Phoenicia Malta has harbour views and is just five minutes’ walk from the main hub of bars and restaurants.
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