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About The Ex-Military Prison, Corradino

The Corradino naval and military prison, located on Corradino Hill in Paola was constructed in 1866, originally to house naval prisoners. It was transferred to the army in 1870 and since then has been known as the Corradino Military Prison. On many common maps (inc. Google Maps), it is sometimes referred to as “Sergeant’s Mess”.

The prison is set to a cruciform plan; originally it was however designed as a two-wing block perpendicular to the administration block. It is similar in design to London’s Pentonville prison, constructed by Sir Charles Barry with the main difference being the plan of the structure and the use of limestone as compared to the use of brick in Britain.

This historical place will be transformed into the festival grounds with and open-air stage area, camping area with indoor showers, an open-air beer garden as well as the prison cells themselves will be converted to merch. shops by the participating bands.

Getting There

By Bus

The closest bus station is Wills Bus Station in Paola. The bus station approximately 5mins away from the venue by walk. For your convenience, this is a direct link to google maps with the directions to arrive at the venue from Wills Bus Station. If you’re coming by bus, the easiest way is to go to Valletta (Capital City) and get the bus from there. Valletta is the main bus terminus in Malta and all buses start and end there.

The bus fare is around €1.50 per trip and can be purchased directly from the bus driver. It might be more cost effective to purchase day, or weekly unlimited tickets.

If you’re not camping at the festival, and are exclusively using buses to travel at night, please note the latest bus times. For more information you can visit the official website of the public transport on www.publictransport.com.mt

By Taxi

Sometimes, taxis are more convenient to travel, especially if you have a camping equipment. Taxis can stop you right in front of the gate of the venue. Since the venue is a historical place, all taxi drivers know where the Ex-Military Prison in Corradino, Paola is.

The average fare is approximately €20, depending of course where you’re coming from. Usually the taxi driver can give an indication of the price when you book. All licensed taxi companies use taxi-meters to determine the final price.

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