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GMF2016: A musical celebration to enjoy

The Vamps on the main stage.

GMF2016 rocked from day to night. There was something for everyone and the crowds moved from stage to stage supporting all the acts. As the day turned to night the Victoria Stadium with its many stages slowly filled... the party had well and truly started for the two day music celebration with its great variety of genres. (Additional reporting and pics: Cristina Cavilla, Eyleen Sheil and Johnny Bugeja)

Nathan Sykes the first international act of the day - like all other acts - delivered some great performances, interacting with the crowd who sang along with their songs.

Nathan Sykes told the Chronicle he had "loved the crowd".

Everyone no doubt will have their own best personal moments and will have undoubtedly have added some more acts to their personal favourites.

It was indeed a family atmosphere and even if the crowds seemed less than last year they partied the day away and ready to party more as American R n B star Ne-yo brought to the stage his class act.


But there were many more. Rosario on the Gibtelecom Stage was a sure winner with the crowd as was Paul Young and KT Tunstall before her.

The well known Spanish singer spoke in English to the crowd as she came on stage with her powerful performance "I am very happy to sing all my songs... vamos Gibraltar, hello, goodnight" and proceeded to get the crowd dancing to her string of hits.

On the main stage The Vamps were a firm favourite with the young crowd. Everyone too enjoyed the sounds of Foxes, All Saints and Travis.


Travis told the Chronicle they performed each show like it was their last and they weren't wrong. As they sang they message was clear - they too were having a good time and Fran Healy said "this is new to us to rock beneath the Rock. It's beautiful here in Gibraltar."


Paul Young 

Paul Young who was last here in 1986 for the Ark Royal show was glad to be back. He presented all his old hits including 'Wherever I lay my hat, that's my home and it's Gibraltar tonight".


All Saints 

Many of the acts gave mention to the good time they were having on the Rock, and All Saint (just recently back together) told their fans "this is the icing on the cake" as they sang along to all their old and new numbers.

The local bands also brought with them there support and measured up to the rest as they always do with some fantastic deliveries on every stage.

Frontiers were first on - they got the party started - Simon Dumas said it was a great pleasure and privilege to be back.They performed at the festival as Frontiers for the first time with songs from their recent EP Harbour Lights.

Dead City Radio were the first on the Gibtelecom stage.

There was much on offer yesterday as there will be again today with the Circus and Comedy Stages - which attracted their own crowd. The Acoustic Stage and the Seaside Stage and and the poetry section and then there was the after hours dance hours with the Seaside Dub Stage and Dance Stages.

As for today there is  a whole lot more on offer - Heather Small, Europe, Bryan Ferry, Jess Glynne and the Stereophonics, and then all the local bands.

One thing is for certain if you support GMF2016 you will not be disappointed.


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