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Music Festivals outside Barcelona I: Valencia Beach Festival 2016

Written by Miguel

By now, you should be well-aware that Barcelona is an awesome city with a lot of things to do. If you’re staying there, though, why don’t you also take the opportunity to visit other cool parts of Spain? In this multi-part series, we bring to your attention the best music festivals outside Barcelona

Do you like music? Do you like the beach? We might have just the program for you. This June, on the weekend of 24 to 26, take a musical ride down the coast as Valencia celebrates Music Week with the Valencia Beach Festival, an event dedicated to quality alternative music. With a great line-up and a beautiful open-air stage at the Royal Marina, it’s the perfect mini-vacation for music fans from anywhere in the world.

Photo credit: lord_yomismo via / CC BY-NC-ND

Photo credit: lord_yomismo via / CC BY-NC-ND


Valencia is a coastal city about 350 km away from Barcelona. The third largest city in Spain, it is a strong tourist attraction due to its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and rich gastronomy – you might have heard of its famous Paella. Its vibrant and modern urban environment and its proximity to the sea make it the perfect destination for music lovers looking to have a great time.


Valencia Beach Festival offers a diverse and eclectic line-up that seeks to bring you the best in contemporary alternative music. Listed below are some of the names that caught our eye, but remember to check the full schedule to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Opening night – The festival opens officially on the night June 23 with a party hosted by Samyroad. Dancing is cool, but dancing at a beach festival is even cooler, so make sure to secure your invitation.

Buzzcocks (Friday, June 24) – A British punk-rock band with a 40-year career, this Bolton quarter is still firing up the crowds everywhere they go. The original formation might have gone through a lot of transformations, but their music is still loyal to guiding the principles of honest rock & roll. If you’ve never seen them, don’t miss them – you might just fall in love.

Modelo de Respuesta Polar (Friday, June 24) – This up-and-coming Valencia band is looking to steal the spotlight in its hometown. One of the most promising names in the current Spanish indie scene, they will share the stage with the Buzzcocks at the Valencia Beach Festival and are sure to grab the opportunity to reach an international audience.

Red Buffalo (Saturday, June 25) – Another hometown band, Red Buffalo have a slightly rougher sound than Modelo, with a solid rhythmic section that paves the way for sharp guitars. With English lyrics sang by a skilled and raspy voice, they have everything to be the next big thing in the European indie rock scene.

Photo credit: mcalamelli via / CC BY-SA

Photo credit: mcalamelli via / CC BY-SA

James Taylor Quartet (Sunday, June 26) – The James Taylor Quartet is a jazz funk band known the world over for their impressive live performances. With an extense discography, the four musicians represent a unique sum of skill and creativity that makes for a truly singular experience. If you’re a fan of the genre, you don’t want to miss this.

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If you’re worried about how to get from Barcelona to Valencia, don’t be – we got you covered. All you need to do now is buy your tickets for Valencia Beach Festival 2016. There you go. You’re ready to go have fun. Just don’t forget about us alright? Make sure come back here afterward and tell us all about it!

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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