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THOUSANDS OF REVELLERS FROM OVERSEAS HEADING TO MALTA

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Copia-di-65-migrantiInternational music festivals drawing thousands of revellers from overseas are heading to Malta this summer, as the country opens its doors to mass events while others across Europe close theirs.

Outlets selling tickets for the events point to “canny” organisers and promoters turning to the island that “currently boasts the fewest active coronavirus cases in the EU”, riding on “a quarantine-free air bridge with the UK”, meaning tourists flying in from Britain will not be required to self-isolate on their return.

The Tourism Ministry was asked to confirm Malta Tourism Authority funding for these festivals, and to what tune, but no answer was received by the time of writing.

Among the events due to land in Malta is the world-renowned BPM Festival.

Traditionally held in Portugal, the electronic music festival was cancelled this year until the “gem of the Mediterranean” stepped in to “save summer 2020”, according to its promoters. It is now set to welcome thousands of partygoers for a three-day music event in early September to be held at open-air club Uno.

Another festival, Escape 2 The Island, is promoting itself to UK revellers as offering the “the biggest names in grime, drill and UK hip-hop”.

The decision to bring the large-scale festivals to Malta comes as many other EU countries have cancelled this year’s festival season, and contrasts with decisions made by local festivals to call off their 2020 events.

Malta was “taking a major gamble” by stepping in with events that are estimated to attract tens of thousands of revellers from countries where the virus is alive and kicking, and where they are not even allowed to have their own small party, they maintained.

The Malta Entertainment Industry and Arts Association said on Tuesday that it wanted all mass events targeting foreigners called off, saying local players should not be penalised for mass events advertised to revellers travelling to Malta from high-risk countries.

Nevertheless, the Mediterranean clubbing scene seems to be converging on the island, with venues including Uno, Gianpula Village, Café del Mar and the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre hosting five unrivalled, large-scale festivals from the end of August to mid-September.

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