Ugly silence of high-rise low-tolerance Costa Blanca

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It looks like another live music venue in the sprawl of Torrevieja has been closed.

The Sunrise bar at Orihuela over-looking the Med had become a last-bastion of rock events after three thriving beach bars in the Punta Prima area were closed overnight at the height of summer.

The Sunrise still operates as a bar and restaurant, it’s just the live music which has come to an end.

It appears there had been a complaint – or complaints – about noisy rock and country music day-time gatherings at weekends.

But isn’t Spain recognised as one of the noisiest countries in the world with fiestas and fireworks, Fandangos and feasts going on in to the early hours of the morning at the drop of a metaphorical hat?

The closure of the beach bars and the curtailment  of live music in Orihuela is another massive blow for ex-pats who saw it as a major part of the joy of living in the land of sand, sea and sangria. Recently, another bar and restaurant put an end to ex-pat Spanish classes and keep fit.

For many people, who came to this lovely Spanish enclave with its salt lakes and miles of beaches looking for a new way of life, the loss of outdoor entertainment is a real blow. It is a blow too for locals, many have to work all hours during the tourist season to make enough to survive the winter.

Those who settled by the sea decades ago tell of how things have changed from being a rural farming and fishing community steeped in tradition, ceremony and fiestas. They say that in the last twenty years Torrevieja’s population has grown by 100,000 and for many the charm has started to stutter.

High-rise apartment blocks are being built along the seafront, sometimes even blocking the sun from promenades and beaches.

These charmless paradises for rich people prompted the to compare them to the high-rise travesties British cities like Manchester built in 60s and 70s to put families living on top of each other.

This wasn’t Brutalist architecture … it was just brutal.

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There is a rumour that the mayor of Torrevieja will be holding an open forum soon to discuss the closure of the bars along the front.
One ex-pat said: “If this is correct, a big turnout from us all just might get us back playing on the beach as before. If nothing else, we should get some answers to why it all came to a stop. If you know or hear of anything can you please share it with us all and let’s vote with our feet and voices.”

If you feel strongly about the loss of live music in and round Punta Prima comment at the end of this story … if something similar is happening to you – or if you have thoughts about the concrete-isation of the Costas – tell us here and we will make sure your comments get seen.

Let’s stand up for the country we chose to become a part of, for tradition and beauty, for the sun and the sea, for outdoor living and the music on the beaches …

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