Summer Daze Festival held its first ever edition this year, boasting a stacked lineup spanning two days in two different yet equally picturesque locations. Held in Malta surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the festival attracted a huge volume of attendees, no doubt owing to its all-star lineup consisting of a number of high-profile musicians including electronic music’s shining star, Martin Garrix. The festival was created in collaboration with Creamfields, BBC Radio 1‘s dance stage and Visit Malta, three leading brands that need no introduction.
The first day of the festival was situated in Ta’ Qali National Park, a short distance from one of Malta’s most spectacular cities, Mdina, known as the ‘Silent City’. The city itself is at the heart of Malta, with traditional architecture and stunning scenery. It comes as no surprise that the peaceful city has been used as a filming location for films and TV series including HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Kicking off the party in sensational style, upcoming talents warmed up the crowd with a number of huge hits. Mamo, Pillu, Pocci and Tenishia were the first artists to take to the stage, each delivering stellar sets and proving popular with the huge audience. Malta’s own Emma Muscat was next to perform, entertaining the crowd with a world class performance featuring some of her own tracks as well as a number of pop hits. Attendees were also treated to a performance from BBC Radio 1’s own resident Danny Howard, who is known as one of electronic music’s biggest taste-makers in the UK. He delivered a set filled with tech house anthems including ‘Panic Room‘ by Au/Ra and Camelphat and ‘Losing It‘ by Fisher. Leading Maltese DJ J Joy was next up, providing a ferocious set blending electronic with pop hits.
Pop favourite Rita Ora was the penultimate act on day one, performing a number of her most popular hits including ‘Girls‘, ‘Your Song‘, ‘Body On Me‘, ‘I Will Never Let You Down‘ and many more. Her performance also included a touching tribute to Avicii during ‘Lonely Together‘, when the stage screens displayed his name. The British artist no doubt proved exactly why she has remained at the forefront of the music industry for so many years, delivering hit after hit and always performing impeccably.
Closing the first night of the festival, Martin Garrix took to the stage with a burst of energy, kicking off his set in truly spectacular style. The young Dutch star dropped a number of his greatest hits including ‘Ocean‘, ‘Like I Do‘, ‘Together‘, ‘Spotless‘, ‘WIEE‘ and many more. One of the main highlights of his performance occurred when he dropped his recent hit ‘Pizza‘, provoking a huge response from the audience who cheered with delight and danced to the track’s euphoric drop. Closing his set with ‘High On Life‘, Martin Garrix’s performance ended with a dazzling firework display, leaving attendees in awe of the beauty of the moment.
The second day of the festival was held at Café del Mar, a stunning venue by the sea on the North side of the island. The venue regularly plays host to some of the dance music industry’s most illustrious talents, offering a one-off experience with breathtaking views over the ocean. Last month, the venue played host to Dutch future house pioneer Oliver Heldens and in early August, saw a mesmerising performance from Robin Schulz. The venue includes its own infinity pool, adding another dimension to the sheer beauty of the location.
For day two of Summer Daze, Café del Mar played host to a number of stellar artists. Kicking off proceedings was Malta’s own J Joy, who also performed at the first day of the festival. Also performing, Roger Sanchez, Kirsten Knight and Monki all provided their own spectacular sets featuring tracks spanning the electronic music spectrum. Roger Sanchez headlined day two, delighting his audience with a high paced set that had the crowd dancing from start to finish.
Summer Daze Festival made a huge impact on Malta and beyond, highlighting exactly why the island is such an integral part of the music industry and why fans flock there in masses to be a part of some of the world’s most exciting festivals. Summer Daze provided attendees with an unforgettable experience and having kicked off proceedings with such a bang, expectations are certainly high ahead of its return next year. One thing is for certain, the festival will continue make a huge impact for years to come.
Register for tickets to Summer Daze 2019 here.
Photographer: Luke Dyson