The program for the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival has just been released and promises to bring big names and unforgettable performances to Monaco from 16 July to 14 August 2021. On the agenda is a tribute to Abba, Jamie Cullum, Stas Mikhailov, Assi El Hallani, Enrique Iglesias, Paolo Conte, Zucchero, Valery Meladze, Sister Sledge and the Gipsy Kings.
Although the ongoing pandemic still means that many big events may yet be postponed, we are tentatively very excited about this year’s Summer Festival. Organized under the aegis of the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the festival has been going on for 45 strong years. This year’s venues are the Salle des Étoiles, the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo and the open air of the Place du Casino Monte-Carlo.
Jamie Cullum: 16 July
The British singer-songwriter, pianist and jazz musician with eight studio albums to his name will be performing in Monaco for a night dedicated to the Monegasque Red Cross. Five years after the release of his first album, he sang in the Bridget Jones’ film soundtrack with a cover of ‘Everlasting Love’. Since 2010, the distinguished artist is also a BBC radio presenter for a popular weekly jazz program.
Tribute to ABBA: 24 July
On a world tour in 2021, the ABBA tribute concert will make a stop at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival for the Fight Aids Monaco evening. “Hands down the best ABBA since ABBA,” according to the official ABBA International Fanclub. The grandiose two-hour show will be tracing the group’s journey, from its beginnings before Eurovision through all its international hits: Waterloo, SOS, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Knowing Me Knowing You, plus a few extra surprises from ABBA’s vast repertoire.
Enrique Iglesias: 6 August
Known as the most fashionable Latin artist of his generation, Enrique Iglesias has toured the world ten times over and released ten hit albums over his astonishing career. With 180 million albums sold, the pop icon has been watched almost 14 billion times on YouTube. After several performances in front of more than 10 million fans, he will be performing a special intimate concert in front of only a handful of people during the Sporting Festival in Monaco.
Gipsy Kings feat. Nicolas Reyes: 13 August
Immortal stars, the Gipsy Kings, have taken the stage for four decades. The group draws their strength from two gypsy families: the Reyes family, originally from Arles, with Nicolas (the voice of the Gipsy Kings and figurehead of the historic group) and the Baliardo family, rooted in Montpellier, with Tonino, the solo guitarist. The band’s sound, a Spanish mix of flamenco, pop and Catalan rumba, has been a huge success in France and around the world
Sister Sledge: 14 August
Formed in 1971, the group was initially made up of four sisters: Deborah, Joan, Kim and Kathy. Their career took off with the hit ‘Mama Never Told Me’ which reached the top 20 in the UK. Their greatest success was ‘We Are Family’ released in 1979, now considered an inspirition for the ‘Uptown Funk’ era.