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Vida Festival 2016 in Barcelona: Music that makes you feel alive

Written by Miguel

Don’t just sit there watching life pass you by! Put a beat on it. A little bass groove. Some guitars, perhaps ? Acoustic at first, to get you started. Vida Festival (Vilanova I La Geltrú International Festival) promises to bring more life (“vida” in spanish) to your summer with its 2016 edition. Taking place near Barcelona from June 30 to July 3, it brings you music and other arts in a beautiful venue near the beach.


Vida Festival 2016 will feature a carefully selected line-up, with the organizers greatly valuing the “authenticity of each artist’s proposal” – after all, it’s a festival about life. It looks for artists (not only in music but also in other featured arts such as illustration or handcrafts) whose work is true to life. You won’t find any artificial made-for-radio acts in here.

It’s an extensive line-up with a lot of great bands, so you should check it out in full. These are just some of the headliners that we highly recommend you don’t miss:

Wilco (July 1) – The quintessential American band comes to Vida Festival to present their new album “Star Wars”. Led by Jeff Tweedy, they were branded by the press as “alternative folk”, but in fact they just make really good music. And you should totally listen to them.

!!! (July 2) Pronounced as “chk chk chk”, the originality of their name perfectly mirrors the novelty of their sound. Hard to google but easy on the ears, this dance-punk band from California has been around since the late 90’s and never stopped sounding fresh.

The Divine Comedy (July 2) – With new album “Foreverland” coming in September, you can expect a lot of new songs from Neil Hannon, one of the best songwriters of his generation. A chamber pop act with a sharp lyrical edge, this cult band from Northern Ireland just doesn’t know how to write a bad song.


Vida Festival 2016 will take place at La Masia d’en Cabanyes in Vilanova I La Geltrú. It’s very easy to get to the venue by train, bus or car, so don’t worry about that – the festival’s official website has a guide with all you need to know in order to get there from Barcelona or elsewhere in the world.

The concerts will take place in several different stages around the venue – all of them inspiring, all of them surrounded by nature. Listen to great music, check out emerging designers and craftsmen in the Vida Market and have a tasty bite in the picnic area. Take a break from the busy world and enjoy life among the trees! See you there?

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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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