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6 must-visit festivals and events in Malta

Malta is fast becoming known as an island ideal for the energetic festival lover. Despite being a bit of a newcomer to the clubbing scene there are already a few key annual events that all festival lovers need to put on their bucket list. Ranging from house music right through to jazz tunes, there’s a festival happening in Malta that is sure to get your ears-ringing and feet-moving.

Annie Mac’s Lost & Found

This annual music festival has become one of the most renowned on the island. Featuring all-night raves, pool parties, boat parties and castle raves (!) this festival will take place between the 13th and 16th of April in different locations across the island before its main event right in the heart of Malta, Numero Uno.


Groovefest is a mash-up of open air stages and pool side parties topped off with a line-up that hand-picks the best electronic music acts. The line-up for this year is yet to be announced, but last’s year’s roaster included the likes of Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, Art Department and Matthias Tanzmann.

Isle of MTV

The chart topping American DJ duo The Chainsmokers have already been announced as the headline act of this June-time festival. This is a free open-air concert that usually attract 500,000 music lovers from across Europe, and past acts have included Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Jess Glynne and Whiz Khalifa.

Glitch Festival

A festival created for fans of house-and-techno, past line-ups have included Ben Klock, Len Faki, Carl Craig, Midland, Fatima Yamaha, Kink, Dave Clarke, Virginia, Gesaffelstein and Tom Trago. This year Glitch will be taking place between 7th and 8th of September and will boast multiple locations.

Malta International Jazz Festival

The Malta International Jazz Festival is one of the longest running and highly-acclaimed festivals in Malta. Now under the creative control of Sandro Zerafa, the festival aims to merge the traditional sounds that jazz was built on with a contemporary edge. It takes place in July every year and includes a line-up of top international and Maltese artists.

Baroque Festival

This cultural event takes place in January every year and is firmly established in the baroque scene. 2018’s festival has not yet been announced, but the acclaimed line-up ensemble typically performs in 24 different events across 9 different venues in Valletta.


Morag Lee

Morag is the resident blog writer at Barrhead Travel. Can usually be found exploring a cruise ship or on a city break.