The Bonfires of San Juan in Alicante, which coincide with the summer solstice on the 24th of June, are without doubt the best known of all the festivities that are held in this town. Internationally famous, not for nothing have they been declared a "Festival of International Tourist Interest", and each year they attract thousands of people from every corner of the world.
Low Festival in Benidorm
One of the summer's most eagerly anticipated festivals is held in Benidorm in the last week of July. It brings together some of the most renowned, modern groups on the national and international stage: Placebo, Massive Attack, Love of Lesbian, Two Door Cinema Club and Fangoria are some of the acts to have graced the festival's stages.
The Low Festival began in Benidorm in 2008 and has maintained the spirit and quality of a festival born with the values of sustainability with the aim of reaching all types of fans with its innovative "low cost" idea.
A line up which brings together the best bands and DJs with facilities which have become very popular with festival goers: multiple areas dedicated to open air music, two large VIP areas one with an Olympic sized swimming pool, green areas and chill out zones, international cuisine with vegetarian options, gluten free beers and non-alcoholic beers in recyclable glass, an unprecedented eco-friendly festival attracting a large number of music loving tourists.
The festival even has its own currency in the form of Tokens, which can be redeemed inside the festival grounds and are valid for the duration of the festival. The festival ground also boasts bicycle hire, another example of its commitment to sustainability.
The Low Festival is so popular in fact that next year's dates have already been set. If you enjoy the latest trends in national and international music, get a pen and paper now and make a note of the 26, 27 and 28 July 2019, you've got a date with the Low Festival and groups such as Los enemigos, Supersubmarina and Corizones among many other bands still to confirm.
The 2012 Low Cost Festival (as it was known then) was awarded a star from the prestigious international body Industry Green for its innovative and effective sustainability measures. This is international recognition of the festival's eco principles, with its sustainability policies and positive interaction with the environment. The Festival also boasts a Certificado Vivo in recognition of its role as a pioneer in sustainability in cultural events in Spain.
The month of October is when Calpe holds an event that people have been looking forward to all year: bands of music, the raising of standards in the Castle, the offering, the disembarkation or the great Parade are the highlights of the traditional Moors and Christians festivities in honour of the "Santísimo Cristo del Sudor" (the Most Holy Christ of Sweat).
The second fortnight of August is when Alicante becomes the undisputed world capital of electronic music.