By Humphrey Carter

PALMA City Council finally unveiled its completed and confirmed line up for next weekend's Sant Sebastia night of live music and it could not be better for fans of chart topping British 80s music.

The two headline acts next Saturday night (January 19) are Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and the hugely popular post-punk Echo and the Bunnymen.
ELO was one of the biggest selling bands by the mid 70s and from 1972 to 1986 the Birmingham group accumulated more combined UK and US top 40 hit singles than any other band in the world with 46.

Their Palma concert will be staged just days before a remaster of their greatest hits is released.
While Echo and Bunnymen did not enjoy such massive global success, the Liverpool band topped the UK charts in 1983 with “The Cutter”, and their album Porcupine reached number two that same year. “Rescue” “Bring on the Dancing Horses” and “The Killing Moon” were also huge hits for the band.
Earth, Wind and Fire had been due to have been added to the final Sant Sebastia line-up yesterday but the city council decided that the band was far too expensive.

So, this year, Palma's Saint's day is going to have a real 80s' feel to it - so, if you still have them hidden away, get your flares out.
For those looking for something a bit different, there will be live music of all types across the city centre next Saturday.
Jazz, blues, flamenco, Majorcan folk dance, African, rock, punk, Catalan and mainstream pop music are all included in the line-up of live acts that will be staged in Palma's main squares.

The live music starts at 7pm and will continue into the early hours, as all of Palma turns out for the huge festival.
For those not accustomed to San Sebastia, it is not all about live music.
It is also a gigantic b-b-q night with ten gallon drums which have been converted into giant charcoal grills placed all over the city centre so people can cook their own food as they enjoy the atmosphere.

This year there has been quite a lot of controversy over the new city council's approach to Sant Sebastia.
Only a few weeks ago, there were numerous complaints about the lack of any exciting big acts this year but Councillor for Culture, Eberhard Grosske, has a new vision for the fiesta which he will not be able to realise until next year.

His idea is for the line-up to feature a host of local and independent, unknown bands but with one massive live group headlining the event.
This year, he says, he has had neither the time nor the money to organise such an event.


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