Lost & Found Festival has taken Malta by storm since it arrived on the island in 2015. 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? Along with Annie Mac, the biggest names in Lost and Found’s history of line-ups include the likes of Armand Van Helden, Jamie Jones, and J.E.S.U.S, which is a collab between Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Seth Troxler and Skream. B Traits, Waze & Odyssey and Redlight are also among the artists that have played at the festival. Lost and Found takes place at the beginning of May each year – keep an eye out for tickets on their website.
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 are always iconic – in the past, Jess Glynne, Wiz Khalifa and Martin Garrix have taken to the stage – so you can be sure future line-ups will follow suit. 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 Phoenicia Malta 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 in Gozo. 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. Expect a mix of international dance, techno and house DJs. Top headliners in the past have been Congo Natty feat Congo Dubz, Stanton Warriors and Maxxi Soundsystem. Keep an eye on the Sunscape Festival’s website ready for when the next artists are announced and tickets are released.
Where to stay:
The Paradise Bay Resort Hotel’s surrounded by water on all aide, so everything from the pools to the restaurant come with sweeping sea views. It’s on Malta’s northern tip, with views across to Gozo, where Sunscape Festival is hosted. Ferries run regularly from Cirkewwa, a five-minute walk away.
The Paradise Bay Resort Hotel's surrounded by water on all sides, so everything from the pools to the restaurant come with sweeping sea views.
The Phoenicia Malta has harbour views and is just five minutes’ walk from the main hub of bars and restaurants.
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.
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