Earth Garden returns with a bang: Malta’s record-breaking camping festival is here

 - Events - Apr 25 SHARE ON:

Following a record weekend attendance of over 40,000 people in 2022, Malta’s original Alternative Festival, Earth Garden will make its triumphant return to Ta Qali Picnic area from the 2nd to the 4th of June 2023.

Once again, the festival promises to deliver a unique blend of World Music, Art, and Culture that celebrates diversity and brings people of all ages and nationalities together.

Earth Garden has established a reputation for being a melting pot of various genres, including World Music, Reggae, Ska, Hip Hop, Alternative Rock, Techno, House, Trance and Psychedelic. With five different stages and the biggest line up to date, festival-goers will have a chance to experience the best fusion of live music from around the world.

As if that is not enough, this year Earth Garden will showcase a brand new Electronic Sphere Stage which is a first in Malta, alongside choreographed lights, taking on an ultra-modern look which is sure to be a showstopper!

Of course, Earth Garden isn’t just about Music and Entertainment. The festival is also about promoting Self-Care, Sustainability, and Wellbeing. A newly relocated and dedicated healing area will host a range of workshops, talks, meditation, and yoga classes throughout the day. There’s a total of 35+ slots in the programme just for the healing fields which will allow festival-goers to take a break from the excitement and focus on their mental and physical health in a peaceful and nurturing environment.

In addition to the Music and Healing areas, Earth Garden will feature two Food courts that offer a diverse selection of foods, from some of the top restaurants on the island with plenty of options to satisfy any craving.

Following last year’s feedback, Earth Garden will be adopting some changes to satisfy the requests and elevate the bar experience. In fact, this year’s edition will include a different bar operator, a cash point, themed bars and various incentives which will be surely welcomed.

The Ethnic Market, known for its vibrant colours which reflect the cultural heritage of different parts of the world, is always a must-visit attraction during the festival, offering a wide range of unique and visually stunning handcrafted items. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through, interact with the vendors, and discover the perfect souvenir to remember their Earth Garden experience for years to come. Whether you are looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery or a beautiful piece of artwork, the Ethnic Market is the perfect place to find it.

Being local pioneers in Festival Camping with 15 years experience, Earth Garden’s renowned camping atmosphere is like no other. With a variety of options to choose from, including general camping and a tent rental service, festival-goers can immerse themselves fully in the Festival Experience. Considering the limited space available to ensure comfort and tickets selling fast, getting your tickets now is recommended.

Furthermore, for the first time ever, this year’s edition will introduce an all-new Glamping area which will include bell tents with luxury linens, complimentary breakfast and all that’s needed for a comfortable and relaxing stay. Whilst the Ultimate glamping tickets are sold out, the limited Premium Glamping tickets are now available for purchase.

The Day Tickets, which are the last batch of tickets to be released, are now also available alongside all other ticket types from www.showshappening.com. Check out the full detailed program to help you choose which day to come along. But be warned, with such a fun packed program it’s a difficult to choose! There’s definitely something for everyone.

This year’s Earth Garden promises to be the largest production to date.

To find out more, visit the festival’s new website, which features ticket options and details on all services available, map and all FAQ info required. https://www.earthgarden.com.mt/

Don’t miss out on the perfect way to kickstart your summer with Earth Garden! Proud to be different and happy to join the fun!


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Maltese producer Mr. M signs with same publisher as Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell & more

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Maltese producer Mr. M signs with same publisher as Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell & more

In a major step forward for the local DJ & producer, Miguel Magri, also known as Mr. M, has officially signed to major publishing company Cloud 9 Holland Music Publishing, home to major artists like Hardwell, Fedde Le Grand, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin Van Buuren and many more.


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Magri reportedly closed the deal recently and has some major releases lined up in the coming months. The local producer, who is already signed with renowned publishing companies like Roton and Sony & EMI, expressed his enthusiasm in joining Cloud 9, who have always been on his radar due to their strong placing in Europe.

With a string of releases and some work behind the scenes as a ghostwriter and ghost producer, Mr. M will also be involved in a number of songwriting camps in the next few months.


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French fries may have links to anxiety & depression, study suggests

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French fries may have links to anxiety & depression, study suggests

We might not be swearing off French fries anytime soon, even in the face of a new study claiming a link found between the comfort greasy food to link.

A research team in Hangzhou, China, found that frequent consumption of fried foods, including fried potatoes, was linked with a 12% higher risk of anxiety and 7% higher risk of depression than in those who do not consume the starchy goodies.

The link was even more pronounced among young men and younger consumers, and opened a link to reducing fried foods not just for physical health reasons but also mentally attributed ones. 

Still, experts who study nutrition say that the results are preliminary and it is not necessarily clear whether the fried foods were driving mental health issues or whether people experiencing the mental health issues were turning towards fried foods.

The study evaluated 140,728 people over 11.3 years. Excluding participants diagnosed with depression within the first two years, a total of 8,294 cases of anxiety and 12,735 cases of depression were found in those who consumed fried food. 

Specifically, fried potatoes were found to have a 2% increase link in risk of depression over fried white meat. The study also found that participants consuming more than one serving of fried food regularly were more likely to be younger men. 


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Youth protesting for Jean Paul Sofia escorted away by police

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Youth protesting for Jean Paul Sofia escorted away by police

A youth hanging a banner outside Parliament reading ‘Justice for Jean Paul Sofia’ was escorted away after an individual filed a report claiming that he was wearing a balaclava and acting suspicious. 

The youth, donning a red hoodie, hung a banner outside Malta’s parliament to call for justice for the death of his late friend, Jean Paul Sofia, who died after the Corradino building he was protesting in collapsed.

Times of Malta revealed that the youth was taken away for further interrogations, but it was clarified that he was not in fact wearing a balaclava. 

A police spokesperson also told Times of Malta that the man fled the scene when he saw police officers approaching him. He was released after it was established that nothing sinister was taking place. 

The incident spurred reactions from various figures, including PN MP Eve Borg Bonello. 

The youngest MP to hold a seat in Parliament expressed absolute solidarity with the youth, going on to say that ‘we arrest innocent people protesting peacefully, just like what is done in North Korea.’

Jerome Caruana Cilia also issued a statement, asking how many people will a public inquiry bother. 

‘Ironically, despite those who are allegedly guilty not yet being arrested and taken to court, the person who hung a banner for justice for Jean Paul was arrested immediately over a false report.’

Meanwhile, Alex Borg also commented, saying that the police were reacting over an order and that there is no need to attack the officials. 

‘One should ask where the order came from. The speed with which the order was given to interrogate and escort the protesting youth lies in stark contrast with the dragging of feet when it comes to revealing the cause of death of (Jean Paul).’


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