Security at this year’s Isle of MTV has been stepped up because of the general security situation around the world, according to tourism minister Edward Zammit Lewis.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s concert, the minister said: “While safety has always been a priority, of course we are part of Europe and the
Mediterranean, and what happens in other countries is of great concern”.

Organisers have announced a list of prohibited items for the concert at the Floriana Granaries – including glass bottles, pointed instruments, drones, fireworks, flagpoles, laser pointers and professional recording equipment – as well as specific entry points to, with searches carried out on entry.

Meanwhile, Russell Samuel, VP Creative & Planning Services for organisers Viacom said the beauty of Malta and the strong relationship with the local authorities had helped to establish Isle of MTV as one of the company’s “longest running tentpole events anywhere in the world”.

He added that this year’s event would deliver the same great product music lovers have enjoyed over the last 10 years while also innovating with live streaming of the concert on the MTV website, and integration with social media including Snapchat.

Isle of MTV Malta takes place tomorrow from 6pm, with gates opening at 3pm. The free live music concert will feature British singer-songwriter and Grammy award winner Jess Glynne, rapper Wiz Khalifa, UK electronic group Clean Bandit and electro-house superstar DJ Steve Aoki, who will be closing the concert.

Wiz Khalifa Controversy

Dr Zammit Lewis also responded to controversy around Wiz Khalifa, who since has arrival has shared several photos of himself smoking what appeared to be cannabis at various locations around Malta.

The issue was widely discussed on social media, with some criticising the musician’s behaviour and others pointing to a perceived double standard were he not to be investigated.

Asked about the issue, Dr Zammit Lewis said: “These artists often have their own style. We welcome Wiz Khalifa to Malta. This is a free country, but there are local laws and we expect all visitors to adhere to those laws”.

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