The Lost and Found Festival is one of the hottest electronic music festivals in Europe. It’s held on the stunning Mediterranean island of Malta, which is famous for its ancient and medieval landmarks. It also has one of the sunniest climates on the continent, receiving over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, over twice that of London.
About the Lost and Found Festival
Taking place in May, the Lost and Found Festival was founded by Annie Mac, a famous Irish dance DJ and TV presenter, in 2015. During a visit to the island, she decided to create new party venues around Malta’s Saint Paul’s bay, a gorgeous natural bay just a 30-minute journey from Malta International Airport. Since 2015, she has successfully curated and designed every venue, along with other leading UK and Malta-based promoters Sound Channel, Fresh Events, Metropolis, Drop the Mustard, The Warehouse Project, and Lights Out.
The festival has been so successful, in fact, that Mac said one of her fans even gave her a black sequinned cape with ‘RAVING’ embroidered on it as a thank-you gift!
The opening party of the Lost and Found Festival
The event begins with a spectacular opening party on the first evening, where some of the biggest names on the line up will give you one of the best nights of your life.
The legendary boat party
The Lost and Found Festival also includes an amazing boat party, where you’ll dance to your favourite acts above the emerald waters of the Mediterranean Sea. What could be a better setting for one of the continent’s greatest parties?
Usually sold out well in advance, the Castle Raves is a roaring rave party set in an ancient castle. Past acts have included the Bronx duo Martinez Brothers, San Francisco DJ Justin Martin, and English electronic music duo Disclosure.
For the ultimate party experience, you’re heading for the sun, sea and sand… Join Annie Mac for the first ever beach party and dance underneath the Maltese sunshine.
Other things to do in Malta
If you have some free time before or after the Lost and Found Festival, then don’t miss everything else Malta has to offer. Explore the rest of St Paul’s Bay, where you can visit the beautiful Golden Sands Beach. Looking for the island’s incredible nightlife? You’ll find a wide mix of bars and clubs in Paceville near St. Julians. The liveliest time is at the height of summer from June to August.
Other sights in Malta
If you’re interested in history, explore the beautiful Megalithic Temples, 16th century St John’s Cathedral, or the ancient ruins of the Haġar Qim. Alternatively, spend time at the Mdina Old City in Pjazza San Publiju, Mdina, which is over 4,000 years old and is noted for its impressive medieval and baroque landmarks. This is also one of the filming locations of the Game of Thrones, and fans of the series will recognise it as the setting of Littlefinger’s brothel. Other Game of Thrones filming locations nearby include Malta’s sister island Gozo, and San Anton Palace, also the home of the Maltese President.
Best place to stay
The best area to stay in is the St Paul’s Bay and Bugibba area, which is only a five to ten-minute walk from Cafe del Mar, where the Lost and Found Festival shuttle bus will pick you up and drop you off. Many hotels in the area have large outdoor swimming pools and offer easy access to the beach and local restaurants and bars. Here, you can enjoy some delicious Maltese cuisine, which has Mediterranean, North African and even English influences.
Public transport in Malta
Because Malta is small, measuring no more than 28km at its widest point, it’s very easy to get around the island by public transport. The main bus company is Malta Public Transport, which has a fleet of over 380 buses. These will take you all over the island, from the airport to historic Valletta, Bugibba, the vibrant holiday resort of St. Julians and other destinations.