New music festival planned by twin councils

The restored old Zurgena Railway Station Credit: Zurgena Railway Museum

Speaking to the radio station Cadena SER Levante, representatives of the Arboleas and Zurgena Councils announced that they were in the early stages of planning a music festival.

They realize that this is potentially an expensive and somewhat complicated undertaking but believe that if the two towns act together then they would be able to create a small event in the first year.

Small August event

As Arboleas celebrates its annual Fiesta on August 15 and Zurgena on August 31 its seems the obvious choice to host the festival at some time in between those two dates and they have chosen as a venue the old Zurgena Railway Station.

The idea is not to overreach themselves in the first year but to try to obtain some well-known names that are affordable and aim to sell tickets to no more than 4,000 people.

Working this way, their risk is reduced and by starting relatively modestly they will be able to learn a great deal which will then allow them to expand in the following years.

Both councils are anxious to offer something meaningful and exciting for younger residents who often have to travel to the capital or even Murcia if they want to see popular musicians and if this festival can be created then it will also see new work opportunities for residents.

Rotating annually

The idea is that the festival would rotate and if in Zurgena this year then it would move to Arboleas next year.

This is an imaginative concept shared by these two councils, although it will have to grow considerably to match the 160,000 plus visitors to the long running Dreambeach electronic music Festival planned for the first week in August this year which will be held in Retamar – El Toyo.

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