Music lovers should look no further than Barcelona for this year’s festival fix. Home to several fantastic music festivals throughout spring and summer, Barcelona is a destination not to be missed. Add a brilliant beach scene, amazing shopping opportunities and a lively nightlife and that makes Barcelona one of the coolest summer destinations you could choose – it beats a muddy field in the UK, that’s for sure! Check out the line ups for these famous Barca festivals and pick you favourite:
This advanced music and new media art festival is hosted all over the world before ending up in Barcelona for one huge event on the 12th, 13th and 14th of June that is not to be missed. Uniting upcoming artists with those who’ve been in the game for years, it showcases the link between creativity and technology, keeping its finger firmly on the pulse of the electronic music scene. With big names such as Rudimental, Massive Attack and many more, if you’re a fan of electronic music Sonar is a must visit.
This one is a real mix of music genres and ideal for those who have a broad taste in music. From pop and hip hop, indie and jazz to metal and folk, you’re guaranteed to find something that’s right up your street at Primavera Sound. With a focus on independent music and acting as a showcase for emerging acts, this festival contains some real gems, both Spanish and international. Held this year between the 29th and 31st of May at the Parc del Forum leisure site, it’s a massive event with over 100,000 attendees each year. Electric atmosphere guaranteed!
Barcelona Festival of Song
Fans of classical music will love the Barcelona Festival of Song. Celebrating Latin American and Iberian vocal repertoire, it brings together the best singers from around the world and you’ll hear singers in Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan. This year it’s the 10th Anniversary of the festival and not only is it showcasing new acts, but it’s also bringing back favourite singers from previous years too. Taking place between the 26th of June and the 5th of July this year, it’s a great festival to visit if you prefer a little sophistication in your music scene.
Barcelona is an amazing city to visit during the yearly musical festivals that take place here, and it doesn’t have to be an expensive experience. Book yourself into our great value Barcelona hotel and head to the city to experience first hand what a buzzing and vibrant place it is. Take advantage of cheap flights and accommodation so you can really splurge on your festival tickets, ensuring you get to see the artists you really want to see.
While in Barcelona make sure you take a tour of this stunning metropolitan city and enjoy the beachfront, which really comes into its own in the summer months. The city streets are practically art galleries, thanks to Gaudi’s weird and wonderful statues and buildings, and the harbour area is not to be missed. Sports fans should make sure you combine your festival trip with a visit to Barcelona FC’s stadium, home to some pretty impressive trophies from their glory days and, of course, the 1992 Olympic stadium. If you want to continue the musical theme of your trip, make sure you include a visit to one of the city’s many music bars or perhaps take in a flamenco show – or even take a salsa class and enjoy a bit of Latin rhythm yourself!
Forget UK festivals and jet off somewhere sunny for your music live fix this year – wellies not required!