Monday 27th September 2021 – XÀBIA AL DÍA with Mike Smith
The adapted edition of the Montgorock Xàbia music festival has been considered a resounding success, despite the attempts of the weather to dampen spirits on the first day. Having been cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the 8th edition of the popular event returned in 2021 with an adapted version in which all the necessary measures were in force and complied with as much as possible.
The arena, located next to the Canal de la Fontana in the Arenal, was divided into two large areas in front of the stage, one with chairs claimed on a first-come, first-served basis and a second area just behind with tables and chairs. Both areas had dedicated cleaning teams which worked on disinfecting the furniture continuously during the two-day event. And, although festival goers were able to move freely throughout the arena, the wearing of a mask was mandatory and smoking was not permitted in any area.
On Friday, the ‘montgorockers’ were able to enjoy performances from The Niftys, Carmen Boza, Sexy Zebras, Depedro and The Backseats. On Saturday, with the weather behaving, the music was provided by Hermano Salvaje, Rufus T. Firefly, Niña Coyote Eta Chico Tornado, Ariel Rot and Los Zigarros.
Undoubtedly, the most anticipated set was that of the legendary Ariel Rot who knows how to dazzle the public and the renowned guitarist played a duet with Ovidi from the group Los Zigarros. But over the two evenings, all acts met expectations, particularly Nina Coyote Eta Choco Tornado whose music forced the audience to try and contain the urge to dance, rather unsuccessfully in many cases.