VALLETA, Malta – Last week, MTV in partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority returned to the island to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Isle of MTV Malta. Valletta’s Il-Fosos Square was once again ignited by knockout performances from Wiz Khalifa, Jess Glynne and Clean Bandit, in addition to a killer closing set from Electro-House heavyweight Steve Aoki.
Kicking off the party was local band Airport Impressions who had the tens of thousands of fans moving to their unique blend of Rock and House music.
UK collective Clean Bandit hit the sun lit stage next with a series of their global bangers from hit album New Eyes. Tracks included Rather Be and Real Love, which had the crowd singing along lyric for lyric.
Just as the sun began to set Jess Glynne ’s incomparable vocal broke the crowd’s screams. Dressed in a black satin coordinate she sang out the killer hook of Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself. Flanked by her two backing vocalists and band, her visually stunning set included tracks Ain’t Got Far to Go and Hold My Hand. Her passionate tribute “I Feel For You” to the late, great Prince, brought her set to an emotional close.
Wiz Khalifa wowed fans with his legendary performance of laid back vibes and heavy bass lines. Opening with global hit Black and Yellow – the crowd bounced from the start to finish of his set, which included hip hop anthem We Dem Boyz. Ending with 2011 smash Young, Wild & Free, Wiz left having found 50,000 new recruits for his Taylor Gang.
“This is what 50,000 people looks like” – Steve Aoki.
It was left to super-producer and DJ STEVE AOKI to bring the show to its killer close. Spinning tracks from Back 2 U to Can’t Go Home in the pyro and flame lit sky, Steve wanted everyone to join the party, snapchatting from stage and pulling an unsuspecting fan from the crowd to join him in his booth. In a sweet and satisfying conclusion to the mighty tenth anniversary celebration, Steve literally served the icing on TEN cakes to the adoring fans with his epic cake throw.
For the first time ever, fans around the world were be able to experience the entire Isle of MTV show LIVE on isleofmtv.com and interact with the stream by posting to social with #IsleofMTV. A partnership with social messaging app Snapchat, made Isle of MTV a globally view able Snapchat Live Story. In addition, MTV’s Snapchat Discover channel featured a wide range of content from behind the scenes footage to performance clips. Fans were also able to enjoy and interact with the show via Facebook Live links from the event, streaming a host of backstage and fan content.
A 60-minute Isle of MTV Malta Special will be broadcast across 20 MTV channels internationally beginning 1 August.
The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta built by the proud Knights of St. John is one of the UNESCO sights and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta’s patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire’s most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do. For more information on Malta, visit visitmalta.com.
Now in its tenth year, the Isle of MTV franchise has seen past performers such as Jason Derulo, OMI, Martin Garrix, Nicole Sherzinger, Jessie J, Will.i.am, Rita Ora, Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg, Far East Movement, David Guetta, Kid Rock, Kelis, The Scissor Sisters, Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Nelly Furtado, Maroon 5, The Chemical Brothers, Enrique Iglesias, N*E*R*D, Shaggy, Garbage, Jazzy Jeff, Gorillaz, OneRepublic and Morcheeba rock the Isle of MTV stage.
Previous Isle of MTV main event locations have included Torre de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal (2002), Ile du Gaou, Six-Fours Les Plages, France (2003), Tossa De Mar, Costa Brava, Spain (2004), Piazza dell Unita’ d’Italia, Trieste, Italy (2005). @IsleofMTV @VIMN_PR