Ermal Meta and Rita Ora

Ermal Meta and Rita Ora

British-Albanian pop star Rita Ora and emerging Albanian star, Italy-based Ermal Meta, will be rocking Tirana’s central Skenderbeg square this weekend in two separate concerts that mark the opening of summer events in Albania’s capital city.

The first to perform in Tirana’s reconstructed central square will be Ermal Meta, an Albania-born, Italy raised singer-songwriter who in 2018 won Italy’s Sanremo music festival and successfully represented Italy at the Eurovision song contest to finish fifth. The 37-year old will perform on Friday, June 1 in a concert that also features local Albanian singers.

The atmosphere will become hotter on Sunday, June 3 when internationally renowned Rita Ora takes to the stage. The Kosovo-Albanian singer also previously performed in Tirana in 2012 when Albanian celebrated its 100th independence anniversary and was also one of the Albanian performers at a concert at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City in Sept. 2016 when the world famous nun of Albanian origin was declared a Saint.

“So excited to be going to Tirana, the ever changing capital of Albania, for a great show on June 3rd in the amazing Skanderbeg Sq. Can’t wait to party with you all – Tirana Rocks,” Ora has written.

The concerts come at a time when Tirana has made it to the top ten European hotspots for 2018 in Lonely Planet’s travel guide on a list topped by Italy and Spain but also featuring Kosovo, the continent’s youngest country, as a surprise destination to discover.

“Tirana will showcase a series of events this summer, at least two to three each week. Of course, being landlocked, Tirana is not the country’s main destination, but yet is the starting point to many international tourists,” Tirana’s deputy Mayor Arbjan Mazniku has said.