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Pedralbes Festival 2016: Music at the Palace Gardens

Written by Miguel

From June 11 to July 16, the beautiful Pedralbes palace gardens in Barcelona will be the stage for a series of concerts with bands from all genres and from all over the world. From the classics to some exciting newcomers, there is a lot to choose from if you’re into listening to great live music surrounded by nature’s favourite colour, green. Here are some of the highlights:

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The Cranberries (June 11)

Led by Dolores O´Riordan, the emblematic Irish band comes to Barcelona to kick-off the festival in the best of ways. Authors of several timeless classics, they are the proof that well-crafted, memorable songs have an appeal that attracts people from all generations and backgrounds.

Milky Chance (June 15)

Milky Change is a german folktronic duo formed by Clemens Rehbein (singer and multi-instrumentalist) and Philipp Dausch (the man in charge of the beats). They make unique music where acoustic guitars and electronic production co-exist in perfect harmony. Definitely worth checking out.

James Morrison (June 17)

The modern troubadour is set to enchant Barcelona with his soulful pop and his soft, yet raspy voice. Currently touring to promote his 2015 record “Higher than Here”, we’re sure the scenery will only enhance his delicate melodies.

Paolo Conte (June 28)

If you don’t know this European icon yet, here’s your chance. The man who some have called “the Italian Tom Waits” brings his own unique mix of soul and jazz to Barcelona.

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Tom Jones (June 29)

What can one say about Tom Jones? The living legend is still going strong and has recently released new album “Long Lost Suitcase”. It’s not unusual for his shows to be a lot of fun, so we definitely advise you to go.

Patti Smith (July 7)

An artist like no other, a pioneer who influenced modern-day rockers like PJ Harvey and many others. Patti Smith is turning 70 and there’s no slowing her down. She comes to Pedralbes Festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her seminal record “Horses”.

Joan Baez (July 10)

Another icon who still has a lot to give, her fantastic body of work gives her a repertoire like no other artist. Whether with soulful numbers or protest songs, her voice can always find a way to deeply move you.

José González (July 12)

With only 3 albums in 13 years, his career mirrors the mysticism that emanates from his quasi-weird folk music. Psychedelic and somber, delicate and engaging, José González is a guitar-wielding hypnotist who never has any trouble founding volunteers in the audience. Will you be one of them?

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Jardins Palau Reial Pedralbes, Av. Diagonal, 686.

Every concert in the Pedralbes Festival takes place at the palace gardens, so it’s the perfect venue to plan a great day out with friends and loved ones. Enjoy the scenery, enjoy the music and, above all, continue exploring all that Barcelona has to offer!

About the author


Miguel is a freelance writer and copywriter who believes that words can really take you places - so hop on his words and dare to discover the wonders of Barcelona with him.

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