The Stars Come Out in Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

The weather, the music, the luxury and the sport, Monte Carlo this time of the year is purely sublime. The Sporting Summer Festival is being held through July to late August and absolutely captures the spirit and style of the principality of Monaco.

The event traces its roots back to 1974 and has always brought together some of the world’s biggest stars, and it does so with style. Men know that jackets are required events. For the gala reception, tuxedos are obligatory. This year, Monte Carlo Sporting Summer organisers tried to create a programme that embraced new sounds, styles and trends in global music and performances. In past years, acts ranged from Rihanna to Rod Stewart, all the way to legend Josephine Baker in the festival’s first year.

Two of the biggest voices in the world opened up the festival earlier this month. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga offered a spell-binding concert. Also playing earlier this month were mega artists Lenny Kravitz and Santana. Attending artists have all agreed that one of the reasons they enjoy playing the festival is because the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco is the ideal setting because they put the artists in direct contact with the fans.

But the musical star power doesn’t end there. George Benson will appear on stage on 20 July. British stars Simple Minds will perform on 30 July. And, in between, musical legend Sting will entertain the crowds in Monte Carlo on 25 July.

An independent sovereign state, Monaco is located between the foot of the Southern Alps and the Mediterranean. It borders several French villages La Turbie, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, and Cap d'Ail et Beausoleil. A holiday playground for the rich and famous, the city is also a popular launching point or end point for river cruises throughout Europe.

To diversify the festival programme, organisers have added comedians for the first time in 2015. Gad Elmaleh kept audiences laughing in the beginning of the month and Florence Foresti will entertain the crowds for two remarkable performances in August.

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