I’ve been talking to these guys since 2017, and I was so excited to see the return of Cyprus Rocks Festival. So, for the third year in Cyprus Iron Stallion Promotions are presenting a week-long Classic Rock Festival, 5 Nights of world-renowned tribute rock bands, who are planning to rock your socks off, because now they all know they’ll be able to come back and do it again next year, and hopefully every year !!!
Ultimate Rock Holiday
Iron Stallion Promotions is Mario Ramjhun, coming out of Southampton, England … The mission is to provide the Ultimate Rock Holiday for their clients, combining stunning visual locations in the sun, with sea and sand and a live music festival boasting some of the best tribute bands in the world.
Not being a one-man job, Mario has engaged an amazing team to put the event together, lead by the awesome Drew Andreou of Savino Rock Bar and Savino Live fame, who is the Event and PR Manager for Iron Stallion Promotions and one of my friends for many years, Graham Carmichael of GC Event Services, who oversees and puts together the whole event using local services from across the island. Both highly respected in their fields, Mario couldn’t have asked for a better team working alongside him …
It’s All Sorted!
I loved the idea from the minute I heard about it, and have spoken in depth to the guys, and let me just say, they’ve crossed all the T’s and dotted all the I’s, they’ve done all their research, visited all the right places and consolidated contracts with companies providing accommodation and security, ‘Drew’ sorting out all transportation to the events and OdioVibE in Nicosia providing and stunning light show and how many watts of power on that main stage? on the gorgeous Trinity Beach, in Pernera area of Protaras, hahaha this year I think they’re gonna hear it in Lebanon!!!
Starting the week off on Thursday 3rd, it’s the Welcome Party at the stunning venue Aeyialos Beach Bar & Restaurant … opening the week’s festivities will be our hosts’ very own band, Stone Free and the amazing Thin Lizzy Experience. Sponsored by Sarah and the team from Island Homes Estate Agents.
Starts Rocking on the Main Stage on Friday 4th October at the stunning Trinity Beach, at Ayia Triada, in Penara, where you’ll experience the awesome Love Hunter, a tribute to Whitesnake, warming up the event and renowned to be a little outrageous of course! Then Aerosmith Rocks UK, need I say more??? … Finishing the evening off will be the awesome main act The Bohemians, a tribute to Queen, now that’s some lineup to start the weekend off!!
Saturday 5th October
It’s the heavier one … on the Main Stage again, with the sand between your toes on Trinity Beach … Motorheadache are gonna warm us up! … and trust me they will !!! … Then Mentalica will drive us crazy, heating it up again, so that the spectacular Sack Sabbath can close the night with their unique blend of heavy and classic rock!!!… and who knows where the after party will be? … Probably Koursaros Rock Club or Knight’s Bar and Restaurant, both nearby, in Pernera …
Sunday 6th October
Making it a long weekend 😉 … Warming us up for the third night at Trinity Beach Main Stage, will be the brilliant Too Petty, a tribute to Tom Petty … Then the incredible Alter Eagles keeping the night going, leading up to the amazing headline act for the evening, The Floyd Effect, I can’t wait to catch the light show for this one …
Cyprus Rocks Pool Party
So, today it’s chill time … not!!! … opening at 2 pm, an afternoon of BBQ & live music, hosted at an awesome venue, I call ‘My little paradise in Penera’, Blue Spice Restaurant and Pool Bar. Opening the afternoon, a local band blues band from Nicosia, The Great Flood … then also from Nicosia, Fuse will get you ready to explode … Headlining the Blue Spice Pool Party will be Jimi Andersons Legends of AOR, playing all the favourite rock classics from Foreigner, Journey and many more … it’s an all-star jam and btw, this one’s gonna be intimate, I think!
I Don’t Like Monday’s
The Late Session … This “VIP ONLY” event is for the travelling Rock fans that have booked to travel from abroad through www.cyprusrocks.co.uk and sorry to say it’s always a full house, even I’m struggling to get on the guest list myself!!! … Local Rock pub, Koursaros Music Bar are the host’s for this one, it’s intimate and promises to be one of the highlights of the week, opening the evening will be a local band, The Max Aliosi Trio … The evening finishes off with musicians from all the bands having an evening of pure jam till the early hours … Trust me this is just awesome!!! … I’m sure they could squeeze me in somehow??
Cyprus Rocks Farewell Party
Closing out the week, Cyprus Rocks Festival goes back to Aeyialos Beach Bar and Restaurant, where the party started, to be entertained by The Small Fakers, a tribute to one of my fav bands, Rod Stewart and the Small Faces … followed by the amazing voices and melodies of Fleetwood Bac to close the ultimate Rock Festival, CYPRUS ROCKS ’19 for this year.
I really hope the local market also gives this festival the support it deserves. Tickets for the main stage events are available, the opening and closing parties are almost sold out but check their website for more details. To check the full schedule, how to get tickets, find places to stay, get bio’s and video’s of the acts, meet the 12 top tributes, who btw are known worldwide, get in touch with the promoters, in fact anything to do with the event check out their website through our links. oh, and keep an eye open for more video’s, competitions and updates from their Facebook Page.
To get to Trinity Beach for the main stage events, head to the big roundabout in Kapparis, near Ocean Aquarium, take the exit towards the sea, bear right at the fork, take the second turning left towards the fishing shelter, there is plenty of off-street parking available… see the map below… For Aeyialos Beach Bar, Kousaros Rock Bar and Blue Spice Restaurant & Bar click here …
This Week is Really Gonna Rock this Rock!!!