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Barcelona’s Music Festivals

Written by Paula

If you are a music fan, you will love visiting Barcelona! There are a variety of festivals all year round that cater to every musical taste. It doesn’t matter if you prefer Rock of Jazz, or Trance of Pop, there are plenty musical events that happen in the city year after year, and that never disappoint. Intrigued? Then keep reading all about Barcelona’s music festivals.

Round About Midnight

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Round About Midnight is an annual musical event that started in May of 2013, which aims to evoke the old cabaret and nightclubs’ glamor, where artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington would sing after midnight.

The event receives important names in music every single year, like Jane Monheit, Avishai Cohen, Dhafer Youssef, the Blues Brothers and Dianne Reeves,  in emblematic locations like Teatre Coliseum.

Round About Midnight usually takes place in the month of May.

Primavera Sound

Having had its first edition in 2001, Primavera Sound is an annual music festival that takes place in June at Parc del Fòrum, in the Sant Martí district. The festival presents concerts by world famous artists, having already received named like Pixies, Neil Young, Portishead, Nine Inch Nails, The White Stropes, The Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Lu Reed, Iggy & The Stooges and much more.

This year, Primavera Sound will take place from the 31st of May to the 4th of June.

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Sónar            

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With 22 years of existence, Sónar is a unique festival that has traveled all around the world. Each year, the festival presents exciting performances by established artists and emerging talent in electronic music. The festival is celebrated for three days, gathering Advanced Music and a Technology and Creativity Congress.

Some of the many bands and artists to have stepped Sónar’s stage include The Chemical Brothers, Skrillex, Duran Duran, Jamie XX, Jamie Jones, Cashmere Cat, The 2 Bears, and LCC.

Sónar takes place in the month of June, usually at Fira Barcelona Montjuïc, by Plaza Espanya, which hosts Sónar by Day, and at Fira Barcelona Gran Via, at L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, which hosts Sónar by Night.

This year, Sónar will take place from the 15th to the 17th of June.

Musica als parks

Each year during the summer, Barcelona’s parks are filled with music with the festival Musica als Parcs. This event showcases the work of young jazz and classical music artists, who play outdoors without any type of amplification system,  in some of the most beautiful natural sites of Barcelona.

There are no specific dates for the beginning of the festival available yet but it usually takes place between June and August.

Festival Jardins de Pedralbes

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Also known as Festival de Musica de Barcelona, Festival Jardins de Pedralbes was created in 2013 with the objective of uniting music, nature, and history. The festival has since become one of the most important musical events in the city, bringing to Barcelona legends of the musical world, such as Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang, The Pet Shop Boys, Paul Anka and much more.

This year the festival will take place from the 5th of June to the 15th of July, at Palau Reial de Pedralbes’ gardens.

Cruilla

The Cruilla music festival started in Mataro in the year 2005 as a cycle of concerts. Later, in 2008, the festival moved to Barcelona, growing exponentially. Today Cruilla is considered one of the most important music festivals in Barcelona, lasting 3 days and receiving more than 40.000 people.

In past editions, the festival has received names like Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Iggy & The Stooges, Cypress Hill, 2manydjs, Suede, Rufus Wainwright, Cat Power, Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dog, Morcheeba, Band of Horses and Macklemore.

This year, Cruilla will take place from the 7th to the 9th of July at Parc del Fòrum.

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DGTL

The original DGTL was created in Amsterdam, becoming renowned for its line-up, art, and sustainability program. Innovative stage designs, international art installations, and sustainable innovation are guaranteed in each edition of the festival, which takes place in August.

DGTL will take place on August 11th and 12th at Parc del Fòrum.

Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona

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Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona is an event that happens during the fall, presenting famous jazz artists from around the world, like Diana Krall, Becca Stevens Band, Angue Jazz Quartet, Buika, Maria Schneider Orchestra, among others.

The Voll-Damm Festival will start in October, with shows in various venues across the city.

Barcelona truly is a lively city, with lots to offer to music fans. If you are planning on paying a visit to the city, we advise you to wait until the summer starts, which is when the music festival season starts in full force. Spend some time online browsing each festival’s website so that you can learn about this year’s lineup and choose which is the one or ones you are going to buy tickets to. If you’re coming from abroad, choosing the festival with enough time in advance will help you save money on airfare, allowing your to buy your plane tickets before the price goes way up.

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