10 August 2017
A festival for the early risers, little ones and grown-ups, night crawlers or those who seek a relaxing holiday, without leaving aside the fun, either with family or friends. Beach, culture, reflection, music, art, social and environmental commitment, dance, gastronomy, relax, learning, experience, coexistence. Rototom Sunsplash hoists this Saturday the flag of its 24th edition, until next 19th August. It will wave in the wind for eight days orientated towards Africa, which will inspire both its musical and extra-musical programmes. A comprehensive agenda distributed during 19 uninterrupted hours and designed for each and everyone. The Celebrating Africa edition begins to roll as it is meant to be, that is a celebration to enjoy day and night.
The concerts venue will open its activity at noon every day, becoming a ‘small town’ inhabited by people from all over the world: 95 countries will be represented at the festival. 45% of those who have already purchased their 8-day tickets for the Rototom Sunsplash (which maintains last year’s pre-sale figures) is national public. They are followed by French (19%) and English (8%). Italians and Germans add up, respectively, to a 7%, while 5% of the attendees are Swiss, joined by those from Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden. The rest of the international representation is divided between Sierra Leone, Puerto Rico, Peru, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Malaysia, Korea, India, China, Azerbaijan, Mexico, New Caledonia, Japan, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands, Mozambique, Russia or the United States, among others.
Lying ahead, festivalgoers will have a daily programme of 14 extra-musical areas in which having a break until sunset marks the transition to the night and eminently musical side of the festival, in which we will see artists such as Shaggy, with his fun assured show, The Specials in their first visit to the Rototom and only concert in Spain, The Wailers, Senegalese Youssou N’DOUR, or Seun Kuti (Nigeria) with his Felabration in tribute to his father Fela, creator of the afrobeat.