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Written by David

Are you tired of classic karaoke bars? Are you looking for a different show? Is your voice not really good but you’ve got attitude? Don’t worry, there’s a place for you, and it’s called Anti-Karaoke.

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The show

antikaraoke3Anti-Karaoke is a classic in Barcelona’s alternative parties scene. With its nearly 10 years of existence and a loyal group of fans and supporters, the show is more a rock concert than a classic karaoke show. Hosted by the charismatic Rachel Arieff, that also performs during the show, in Anti-Karaoke you will be able to choose from a very long list of classic and modern rock, pop, metal, heavy, punk, old school rap, and alternative songs. You won’t find the cheesy pop songs (and they’re proud of it) and you can have a look at the catalogue on their Facebook page and even make requests. They’re all high quality versions, not poor MIDI renditions.

Another peculiar thing that makes the show different is that you won’t find the videos with the lyrics, like in traditional karaoke bars. You may read the lyrics from a photocopy in a music stand, but your focus should be on the audience, who will be devoted to you (no matter how you sing), which makes the whole show more like a real concert. There’s also some costumes and accessories, like wigs, glasses, hats…in case you want to accessorize your performance.

Related aricle: An irreverent rock show in the Anti-karaoke with Rachel Arieff

The host

antikaraoke2One of the main attractions of the show, besides the performers, is the host: Rachel Arieff. She introduces the songs and usually performs several times during the show. She describes herself as  comedian, cabaret artist, flamenco student, and creator and mistress of ceremonies of Anti-Karaoke. She’s crazy, funny and the engine and spirit of the show. Rachel is currently hosting another show Flamencoguiri perdía, a combination of comedy, cabaret and her first efforts with flamenco music. As she phrases it: flamenco filtered through the warped mind of an American stand-up comic. Or rather, a new form of flamenco altogether: flamenguiri.

Where and when? The Anti-karaoke show takes place in Barcelona every Thursday from 10 pm to 1 am at Sidecar Factory Club (on Fridays for the summer months).

How much? 8€ with drink included

Sidecar Factory Club

Plaça Reial 7

Metro stop: Liceu (L3 – Green line)

Remember that ShBarcelona offers rentals in Ciutat Vella, close to Plaça Reial and other interesting areas in Barcelona.

About the author


David is an English teacher and a part-time writer.

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