Lost and Found Festival Malta 2016
If you’ve ever wanted to simply get lost in an exotic destination, you couldn’t find a better place to do it than Malta. And the ideal time to do it is during the Annie Mac Presents: Lost and Found festival.
Lost and Found Malta was born just a year ago, but was such an outstanding success that it looks set to become a long-standing annual event. This year the festival will be hosted from March 31st to April 3rd. The addition of an extra day means more music, more parties, and more fun!
About the Lost and Found Festival
Lost and Found is hosted by the always first class Irish DJ, Annie Mac. If you’re a fan of her show on BBC1, you already know you’re going to love partying with her in Malta.
The lineup will also include many other awesome DJs, including Joris Voorn, Dusky, Julio Bashmore, Steve Lawler, Stormzy, Maya Jane Coles, Seth Troxler, and many more. In fact there will be over 50 artists on location with the sole mission of entertaining you!
As was the case last year, the festivities are split between different venues, but now it’s an even more extravagant event. In fact with four days to take it all in, you don’t even have to make the difficult choice of where you will get your party on.
To start, there are pool parties at the Qawra Palace, San Antonio Hotel, and Café Del Mar on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, plus outdoor parties every night at Numero Uno – Lost & Found’s Official Festival Site.
Except on Thursday, there are two boat parties every day. These are three hour events with a choice of:
- 12pm – 3pm
- 4pm – 7pm
What’s the deal with Thursday? Well, there’s a boat party on Thursday as well, but it’s a little more exclusive. Unless you’re somehow important or lucky, you’re probably not getting into that one. There is also a six hour “castle rave” held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1pm to 7pm in a real authentic castle. So essentially wherever you happen to be during the festival, there will be something exciting happening near you, and because your ticket gives you access to everything, you can party your heart out at every location.
About the Music
The kind of music you can expect to find at the Lost and Found festival is the same you can listen to on the Annie Mac show on BBC Radio 1, so the easiest way to give yourself a taste is to tune in to her show. Of course it is the very same music you can absorb at any of about a million clubs throughout the UK and the rest of Europe.
If it’s cool, if it sounds good, you can be pretty much certain you will find it at the Lost and Found festival in Malta this year. I can say that with confidence, because last year was totally awesome, and this year it’s going to be even better than that. Just more of everything means you get more choices, more fun, and more experiences. You get to do it all with a fantastic soundtrack in the background, the most amazing sights right before your eyes, and in one of the world’s premier tourist destinations.
Malta is a small island country in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily, and about half way between the Italian mainland and Libya. The country is actually composed of three inhabited islands, named Gozo, Comino, and Malta, plus a large number of smaller uninhabited islands.
English is widely spoken (amazingly the per capita rate of English speakers in Malta is 8% higher than that of the United States), and the infrastructure is thoroughly modern with excellent transport options, telecommunications, and Internet. As you can probably guess from it’s ideal location, it is a beautiful island with fantastic weather and amazing scenery.
Malta is notable for having some of the most well-preserved evidences of prehistoric civilization, with artifacts dating back to at least 5200 BC, although unfortunately the arrival of the first humans on Malta was not entirely a positive thing as it led to the extinction of many unique species including dwarf elephants and dwarf hippos.
With so much to see and explore, it’s worth extending your stay in Malta beyond the closing date of the Lost and Found festival (also because the airport lines will be shorter!).
Even when the Lost and Found festival is not around, Malta is famous for being one of the most awesome venues for clubbing, with plenty of free music events to attend almost everywhere in Malta, especially in Paceville.
There are also many other music styles you can check out if you find you’re a bit over partying for a while. Plus there are hundreds of top class restaurants and wine bars to visit and enjoy, serving all kinds of regional specialities and international cuisines.
For a more culturally rich experience, you may want to visit the Manoel Theatre, or catch one of the local band shows which usually also involve fireworks and sometimes sideshow attractions. You can also test your mettle in one of the casinos, or just relax with a movie or a dinner show. There’s plenty of choices, and no chance of getting bored.
Activities & Day Trips
If you’re spending a little longer in Malta, you may want to explore your way around a little more. There’s plenty of activities you can choose from. As you would certainly expect, scuba diving and snorkeling are very popular activities for tourists and locals alike. The Mediterranean Sea is still teeming with life, and you can witness some of nature’s truly most beautiful miracles in the temperate waters.
From diving the depths, you could also take to the air with a scenic flight around the islands. There are plenty of tour companies close to the airport that will take you in your choice of aircraft, although naturally there’s a fairly steep cost involved.
One of the weirder trips you could take is a visit to Popeye Village, which was created as the film set for the Popeye movie, starring Robin Williams. There are some very interesting structures, and all the characters from the film wander around in character and will maybe even come up and have a chat with you! It’s kind of fun and not an expensive way to fill in time.
If all the non-stop partying of the Lost and Found festival has left you feeling a little drained, why not rest and recover with an indulgent spa visit? There are plenty of options around St Julian’s, perhaps the best of which is the Siam Wellness Centre. The menu includes various styles of massage, reflexology, manicures, pedicures, and beauty treatments.
The Myoka Lotus Spa features a huge pool housed inside a truly magnificent building. Words simply can’t do justice to the beauty of this place, and if you visit, you are in for an incredibly relaxing time—just the thing you need to recharge your batteries before heading back to Paceville for more of that irresistible nightlife and music.
The cave site of Ghar Dalam on the south-eastern end of Malta Island makes an excellent addition to your tour itinerary because it’s more than just a cave. It’s also a major archaeological site, and hosts a museum with prehistoric artifacts and skeletal remains of the extinct animals. There are also fantastic temple ruins at Mnajdra and Ggantija to explore.
Every day at Fort St Elmo (Valletta) from 11am to 11:45am you can watch the In Guardia Parade, a solemn re-enactment of a military inspection ceremony that traditionally took place at the fort during more ancient times. The parade is held in full costume, which of course means plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. You can witness cannon and musket firing, marching, and even sword fights. Not bad for an event that only lasts 45 minutes! The fort itself is also beautiful and very photogenic. Visiting this site really feels like you’ve been dropped directly onto the set of a Three Musketeers movie.
You could also visit Fort Rinella at Kalkara, where there is a re-enactment of the British colonial era, and you can see the world’s largest cannon on display. There are many other beautiful buildings in Kalkara to visit as well, including the church, which sits almost right on the edge of the bay, which was lovingly restored with it’s authentic look after being completely destroyed by bombing during World War 2.
They say getting there is half the fun, but that may be only partly true in this particular case. Many airlines fly to Malta from the UK, including Air Malta, British Airways, RyanAir, EasyJet, and many others. For the best value fares, it is worth checking out Bravofly UK, which lets you find the lowest priced fares across all of the many carriers that fly between the UK and Malta, including ones that are often ignored by other similar sites. This gives you more options and flexibility when looking for cheap flights to Malta.