Jess Glynne is set to wow audiences at the annual Isle of MTV festival in one of Europe’s most gay friendly countries this summer after being the first act to be announced.
Jess, who enjoys heavy rotation on the UK’s number one gay radio station Gaydio, will be singing her hits Rather Be and My Love in Malta for the 10th Annual Isle Of MTV and will be joined by a host of other acts, which have yet to be announced.
A relative newcomer, Jess, has become one of the most successful female artists in the UK with five of her singles hitting the number 1 spot. She and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are the only two British women to have achieved the feat.
Jess Glynne commented: “I am super excited to be coming to Malta for the 10th anniversary of Isle of MTV. Can’t wait to celebrate with you all”
50,000 people are expected to descend on Malta for the free MTV festival. The Island is just a short 3-hour flight from the UK and has in the past hosted a whole range of celebs in the past including Jessie J, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and even Rylan Clark’s bestie icon Nicole Scherzinger.
The number of visitors under the age of 24 to Malta since the start of the Isle Of MTV event nine years ago has risen 120% and now accounts for 20% of all tourists, according to MaltaToday.com
For many festivalgoers the Isle of MTV is their first introduction to the Island and its smaller neighbouring Island Gozo. Coupled with the fine weather and English as an official language, Malta cements itself as one of the go to holiday destinations in Europe.
LGBT rights in Malta have been majorly ramped up in the last decade. Gay and lesbian travellers can expect to have their marriages recognized and it also has strong anti-discrimination laws.
In 2015, according to the ILGA, Malta came third overall out of 49 in Europe’s best places to live for LGBTs scoring 79% on their scale. Substantive legislative and constitutional progress meant the country raised its place as Europe’s third most LGBT friendly locations an astonishing 8 places.