6 Reasons to Attend Defected Records’ Radiant House Music Festival in Malta

In the radiant heart of the Mediterranean, the team behind Defected Records once again reinforced the brand as a haven for all things house music.

Taking place October 6-8, the second edition of Defected Malta was met with widespread praise as the island welcomed thousands of dance music enthusiasts from across Europe. They transformed the area into an intimate, radiant festival site and gave new meaning to their longstanding mantra, "House Music All Life Long."

As we look back at the event's scintillating 2023 edition, Defected's loyal fan base is already eagerly awaiting its return next year, the dates of which have already been announced.

Here's why you should make your way to the island's sun-soaked shores and immerse yourself in the ineffable universe of Defected Malta.

Defected Malta.

Emma Tranter

Three days, five venues and over 50 DJs

It's tough to describe the splendor of Defected Malta unless you've experienced it yourself. Over three days, five unique venues host the musical mastery of more than 50 top-tier DJs, curating a captivating blend of daytime and nighttime experiences.

The daytime events comprise scenic boat parties, an eye-popping spectacle at Fort Saint Elmo and a relaxed beach club party at Café Del Mar. As the night falls, UNO Nightclub transforms into a festival ground with three incredible stages from Glitterbox, Movement Detroit and Defected All-Stars.

Malta's perfect weather

One of the most enticing aspects of Defected Malta is its impeccable timing. We all know warm weather adds an entirely new dimension to the festival experience.

While most of Europe welcomes autumn with cool temperatures, Malta remains warm with temperatures averaging around 77°F (25°C) in October. At the risk of quoting Miss Congeniality, all you need is a light jacket.

Defected Malta.

Danny Sargent

Budget-friendly pricing

Despite its lavish locale, Defected Malta offers an opulent festival experience without breaking the bank. From drinks to local cuisine and transportation, it all comes at almost half the cost compared to similar party destinations around the Mediterranean.

Defected Malta.

Danny Sargent

Unforgettable daytime experiences

Defected Malta's daytime offerings are a defining feature of the festival, entrancing attendees while showcasing the natural beauty of the Maltese landscape.

The boat parties are as fun as they are relaxing, while the events at the Fort Saint Elmo offer unique experiences at a historic, fortress-like setting. Not to mention DJ sets at the Café Del Mar beach club, which stunts with its Mediterranean elegance.

Scenic Nighttime parties at UNO Nightclub

Defected Malta’s night parties take place at the UNO, a multi-room club that is widely celebrated for its open-air dancefloors. The venue transforms into a breezy house music paradise during the festival.

Defected Malta.

Danny Sargent

The music

House music fans immersed themselves in the festival's typically stellar lineup, which featured over 50 artists gracing its stages. The 2023 lineup included performances from the likes of Adam Port, Danny Howard, Dennis Ferrer, Hannah Wants, Nic Fanciulli, SG Lewis, Sam Divine and many more.

Defected Malta 2023 lineup.

c/o Defected Records

Defected Malta is already gearing up for its 2024 edition, with its tight-knit community aching to return to the Mediterranean to experience the fun all over again. Fans can find out more and purchase GA and VIP tickets here.


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