Summer has officially started in the beautiful city of Barcelona, which means the temperatures are rising and more and more visitors are arriving each week. When you feel like a break from the beach and La Rambla, there are several options for enjoying some music in Barcelona. Not only does Barcelona play host to several huge international artists for festivals and concerts, it also has a thriving live music scene of its own.
Music in the Parks
Running from June until the end of August, Music in the Parks is a great way to experience some of the musical culture has to offer – for free! These events are held in green spaces all around the city, and are a perfect way to enjoy warm summer nights in Barcelona. There is also something for everyone, as the variety of shows includes classical orchestral performances, songs from musicals, and jazz. Check out their next shows here! http://lameva.barcelona.cat/en/what-to-do-in-bcn/parks-and-gardens/music-in-the-parks
Blues nights at Poble Espanyol
Every Thursday at a beautiful open-air venue overlooking the city, a jazz concert takes place. With a different act every week, this is a great way to experience the best of Spain’s jazz scene. Your ticket also includes access to the grounds of Poble Espanyol – a recreation of an Iberian village. It’s perfect if you want to arrive early as there are also restaurants and bars to relax in before the show, as well as artisanal shops to visit.
Adult ticket price 11,20€ online https://www.poble-espanyol.com/en/blues-nights-2017/
Palau de la Música
This is a beautiful concert hall that is over 100 years old, which hosts several music events over the summer. Not only do they host amazing concerts, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, so you have another reason to visit it! The range of concerts on offer varies from Flamenco, to opera, to full orchestral performances. There is even an option to have a guided tour of the building before the show! Prices start from about 30€ per ticket.
Brunch in the Park
Every Sunday in summer the Jardins de Joan Brossa open up for this special music event – Brunch in the Park. Featuring artists from both Spain and further afield, this event features the best electronic music that Barcelona has to offer in an idyllic outdoor space. There are food stalls, tables to sit at when you’re not dancing. There is also a separate area for children. The music goes on until 10pm, and you can get your tickets online – prices start from 11€ in advance.
Festa Major de Gracia
This August from the 15th-21st the beautiful, vibrant neighbourhood of Gracia welcomes the whole of Barcelona to its streets. The residents decorate their doors and balconies for a few days of free entertainment and concerts. It’s also very popular amongst the locals as the 15th of August is a public holiday! It’s a 20 minute walk from the city centre and there will be something different to see each day!
Festa Major de Mercé
Another amazing neighbourhood festival! This one takes place September 22nd-25th (although the festivities tend to last a whole week!), and is the largest street festival in Barcelona. It is traditionally the festival to honour the patron saint of Barcelona, and it attracted over two million people each year. Be sure not to miss the famous drumming and street parades, and live music and dance events all over the city. Also, each year the festival is paired with another city in the world, and this year it’s Reykjavik- so you can check out the talent that is coming out of Iceland. This really is a must-see event in Barcelona!
Whether you are a budding jazz musician, or just enjoy watching others play, Jazzsí music club has something on offer for you every day of the week. On Tuesdays and Sundays you can bring along your own instrument and get involved with their rock and blues jam session, or if sitting back and just enjoying some improvisation is more your style, you can go on Wednesdays to see performances by the students. Thursday nights are all about the Cuban rhythms, with some of the best Latin musicians you can find, offering an ‘explosion’ of music. On Friday and Saturday nights they have flamenco performances from local musicians, which is an easy way to tick a flamenco show of your bucket list.
Ticket prices start from 4€, and your first drink is included in the price!
Taking place on 11th-12th August, DGTL Festival brings the best of international house and techno acts to the picturesque seaside location of Parc del Forum this summer. With big names such as B Traits, Eats Everything, and Audiolux on the line up, this is set to be an incredible event.
Tickets from €73 for the 2 day festival