March 9, 2021

Gran Canaria takes off to the orbit of rock & roll and vintage – La Provincia

Al Dual, the first European musician to receive the Best Rockabilly World Solo Award at the Ameripolitan Music Awards 2108, the Oscars of music, will be one of the main attractions of International Big Bang Vintage Festival which will be held from this Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14 at the San Telmo Park.

"We want it to be the edition of the consolidation of the Festival, which is no longer just music, but a whole proposal of activities for all audiences of the vintage world and which is already in the international calendar of this type of festivals", assured Berta Hidalgo and Javier Viera, from La Brújula Leisure and Culture, promoters of the event.
For its part, Inés Jiménez, Minister of Tourism and Culture of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, said that "this festival has become one of the summer musical and leisure events." The Big Bang Vintage Festival is an excellent opportunity to position Gran Canaria as an open, cosmopolitan and culturally attractive destination that offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy outdoor events throughout the year. "

The presentation ceremony has also had the presence of the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, Aurelio González, as one of the sponsors of the event, and Maria del Carmen Marrero Reyes, Councilor of the Downtown District of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, that also sponsors the Festival, at an event held at the Tourism Board of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and that featured live music from Brave Missy & The Cavaliers and a tasting of Dolci Da Sogno cakes and coffee creations from El Papuan).

Al Dual will be one of the best bets, but not the only one, on the San Telmo stage. The British The Stargazers will present their latest album, Carry on Jiving at the Festival, the first work of the band after 20 years of rock, rhytm and jive. A final work that has been received enthusiastically by critics. More time, 30 years, they are the ones that take on the stages the British band The Jets. The Cotton brothers – Bob, Ray and Tony – play from rockabilly to a cappella doowoop and have taken the stage along with myths such as Sir Cliff Richard, The Police, Boy George, Madness or Led Zeppelin. This time they will do it on the stage of San Telmo.

They will not be the only ones on that stage. Also the British The Picadilly Bulfrogs, with its rockabilly sound, the Cuban-Canary Toto and its Bogaloo, percussionist of Mestisay, with the sound of the mambo of the 50s, bring international character to this new edition, which is completed with bands from the canarian rock scene: The Buccanan, who have met again for the occasion with its surf sound, Los Contratiempos, Brave Missy and the Cavaliers and The Bar Riders.

Also on the dishes there will be Canarian and national contribution: The Pinchadiscos del Pantano (La Palma) and Beboop DJ (Gran Canaria) will become the autochthonous event, completed with Rioja Oscar Stell'o's mixes.
The scenario of the San Telmo park will also have a special master of ceremonies: Rubén Olivares. Vocalist for 13 years of the Catalan band Teddy Boy Double Six, Olivares is an SUV that combines his stay on the stage as a singer, with the interpretation, the radiophonic voice and his plot of writer: his new work, The British Rock and Roll ( 1956-1964) (El Toro Records) will be presented during the Festival.

During the three days of the Festival, in addition to music, you can experience many vintage experiences in the Santa Catalina park. Thus, on Friday, July 12, those who come will be able to pose in the photocall of minute photography or enjoy the exhibition of body painting, by Luisa Sánchez, from the Instituto Canario de Cine, take advantage of the barbershop-hairdresser and make-up of solidarity of La Fabrika, for the benefit of the Adsis Canarias Foundation and participate in the vintage photography contest, the electric bicycle test or the Miss and Mister Big Bang contest at the rhythm of swing. In addition, the burlesque will arrive that same night from the hand of Evita de Vil.

The vintage market will be open from Friday, and will continue on Saturday, July 13. There will be again minute photography, foodtrucks, barbershop and makeup solidarity, and also a children's show by Rafaelillo Clown Cabaret, rockabilly and jiv dance workshop, pin up creation, and a basic comic workshop by Nano Barbero, the creator of the poster festival. Saturday afternoon will host the presentation of The British Rock and Roll (1956-1964) (El Toro Records) and the burlesque show of Chiqui Love. After the closing of the stages, La Guarida del Blues will host the Big Bang Club R & R Party until early morning, with session of DJ Oscar Stello.
Sunday July 14 will be a family day. To the vintage market, the solidary barber shop and the photo contest, multiple workshops will be united: of pintacaras, in charge of Instituto Canario de Cine; of floral headband, by Flores de Arucas; of initiation to the mambo and the conga; an exhibition of hairpieces, mustaches and sideburns; and an exhibition of vehicles of yesteryear by the Classic Automobile Club of the Canary Islands

The Festival will have a program of parallel activities, from July 11 to 20. These parallel activities begin on the same day of July 11 at Castillo de Mata. The fortress of the old city wall will host an exhibition of autographs of movie stars and manuscripts linked to the seventh art, from the private collection of Luis Díaz, as well as a collection of posters of pin-up girls by the collector Miguel Ibáñez. The exhibition will run until July 21, and the opening with DJ Steel'O session (8:30 pm) at Castillo de Mata itself.

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