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Marbs is the Only Way

Well Christmas has come and gone and it’s time to set our minds on the coming Summer, Giles Brown reminds us of the Summer just gone, will 2012 be better still?

The town had it all – world famous rap artists, Hollywood stars, Las Vegas legends,  superstar Djs, plus the usual smattering of goodtime girls and bad boys smashing it at huge beach parties. And summer 2011 was the year that The Only Way Is Essex cast (TOWIE) hit town in a big way!

The TOWIE crew made sure that over summer Marbella was the top news story for the British Press. Basing themselves at the Sisu Boutique Hotel, Joey Essex,  Sam Faiers, Jessica Wright, Lucy Mecklenburgh, James ‘Arg’ Argent, Lydia Bright and Mark Wright  were soon snapped at Buddha Beach and Ocean Club, before hitting Newscafe in Puerto Banus to let their hair down, where they also bumped into Kerry Katona who just happened to be in town. Kerry was filming for her reality show and was soon popping up at most of the TOWIE events, accompanied by Mel B’s sister Danielle Brown.

TOWIE hosted parties at Sisu Boutique Hotel, TIBU, Sintillate and Karbon Klub and they were out in force for Lovejuice at Buddha Beach  – easily some of the best beach parties of the summer, where we spotted Kerry and Danielle again as well as Callum Best, Wayne Lineker and Jack Tweed.

Sintillate Champagne Spray Parties  at Ocean Club were once again hugely popular attracting the TOWIE crowd as well Katie Price and boyfriend Leandro Penna, who were in Marbella twice over the summer, while ex hubby Peter Andre popped up briefly for a concert at Marbella’s temporary venue on the beach. The concert promotors bizzarely only let one publication in to cover the event so we are unable to confirm or deny reports that there were less than 500 people, but we were allowed to cover every other concert on the coast where truely big names attracted thousands, including Jamiroquai in Malaga, Jamie Cullum in Fuengirola Castle, Soul II Soul at Buddha Beach, Tom Jones, Earth Wind and Fire at the Puente Romano  – both excellent and a stunning Queen tribute show supported by Ruth Lorenzo that rocked the beach well into the night!

Once again the superstar Djs were out in force. Bob Sinclar played Olivia Valere’s club, while Pete Tong, Roger Sanchez, David Guetta , Martin Solveg and Axwell also packed them out on memorable nights in Marbella. Sintillate went one better than their hugely successful 2010 season by bringing over some of the UK’s best know and up and coming Djs including DJ EZ, Rich Stone, Urban Soldier, Chad Tyson, Sam Young and Dan Healy. Once again the Sintillate parties at TIBU. Ocean Club and Nikki Beach were hugely successful, with plenty of celebs making sure to drop in.  And this summer also saw some superstar rappers in town. 50 Cent put in an appearance at Funky Buddha – another club to enjoy a great season – but perhaps the most memorable was Flo Rida. “The Club Can’t Handle” me star wowed the crowd at the Club by Dreamer’s and told me “It was amazing man! I shut it down. Great hospitality and a lot of energy. I feed off the crowd so I had a great time last night. Marbella is very very beautiful. Ever since I landed it’s been amazing. The club vibe is definitely crazy here, it’s just beautiful”

It got even better the following night when Flo Rida joined David Guetta on stage at CW by Dreamer’s, literally being held head high on the stage by the security crew! Flo Rida wasn’t the only superstar rapper in Marbella this summer, as Tinie Tempah played the final gig of the summer season at CW by Dreamer’s.

Meanwhile a little further down the coast Karbon Klub put Fuengirola back on the clubbing map with top Spanish DJ Wally Lopez, Brandon Block and the TOWIE Crowd all holding great nights.

The party crowd at Tribeca 12 must also get a special mention – after the wild nights that were the Wallem Brothers at Bad Barbie, I will never be able to look at the doll of the same name in the same way again!

If that wasn’t enough excitement for the paparazzi in August Marbella was also the setting for the Starlite Gala, the high profile charity event. Antonio Banderas and Eva Longoria were the hosts for the event, and other celebs included LA- Marbella socialite Maria Bravo and Melanie Griffith. Eva was snapped in Marbella with boyfriend Eduardo Cruz (brother of Penelope), and others included Enrique Iglesias, Jermaine Jackson, Liz Hurley and Nicole Scherzinger.

After yet another exhausting season, all I can say  is – see you all in summer 2012!

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Summer 2011 was the season that Marbella went supernova!

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