Muse Wow the Crowd at Spain’s Mallorca Live Festival: Concert Review

While Ibiza has long been a music mecca for international tourists eager to meet big-name DJs at a club, Spain’s other, larger Balearic island, Mallorca, is hoping to become a live music magnet for rock music fans through its growing summer festival, Mallorca Live and another new event called Andalucía Big Festival, debuting this fall and boasting names like Rage Against the Machine and Glass Animals on the bill.

Mallorca Live, which took place in the island’s British holidaymaker-friendly resort of Magaluf last weekend, upped its game in 2022 with three days of rock, Latin, rap, pop and electro acts including the Spanish rapper/singer C. Tangana on Friday night through Sunday night headlining Muse, who closed the event with a rousing set that delighted the mostly local crowd, although this year saw the largest number of international guests traveling to Mallorca Live than in previous years, organizers say. (Mallorca Live is now in its fifth year as an annual event, with the festival having been on pause for the past two years due to the coronavirus.)

As Spain hosts larger music events, like Madrid’s Mad Cool festival taking place next month, Mallorca Live offered guests a similar experience, with expertly executed sound and logistics, and a stage big enough to host bands as big as Muse who took their stage in epic fashion on Sunday night in front of a large crowd (between 25,000 and 30,000 attended each night of Mallorca Live, organizers claim).

With their new glam-rock-inspired “Will of the People,” Muse (yes, that’s singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy, pictured wearing a mask above) opened their foot on the proverbial gas pedal on Sunday night, racing through popular catalog hits like ” Psycho”, “Madness”, “Pressure” and more. The trio, who just last week put tickets on sale for a small North American trek this October, have been as tense as fans expected as they continue to build anticipation for their forthcoming album, Will of the People, which will be released August 26th via Warner Records.

Muse ended their roughly hour-long set with an encore consisting of new track “Kill or Be Killed,” which the band debuted at Germany’s Rock am Ring festival earlier this month, followed by a raucous rendition of “Knights of Cydonia.”

Between Mallorca Live and this fall’s Andalucía Big Festival, Mallorca could soon be known as a live music destination to rival Ibiza’s appeal for EDM fans from around the world, even America (United Airlines recently announced one Direct flight to Palma de Mallorca started this month (three times weekly route from Newark). It’s certainly a few steps up from the German schlager stars playing for pensioners, which may have been Mallorca’s main draw for international music fans in previous decades. Muse Wow the Crowd at Spain’s Mallorca Live Festival: Concert Review

Charles Jones

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