You'll hardly be bored this November if you dive into the world of Cruïlla.
This major music festival takes place during the summer but keeps the energy going throughout the year with various activities. Two initiatives, a concert series and a comedy monologue festival, coincide in Barcelona this November.
To start with, from November 2 to 5, Cruïlla Comèdia, the first edition of a stand-up comedy festival, brings together some of the best stand-up comedians from Barcelona and beyond. It will take place at Casino l'Aliança and the Centre Moral i Cultural del Poblenou, with microphones ready at local venues in the neighbourhood such as Balius Bar, Trikini, and Cata by Catacroquet.
Esteemed comedians and headliners of the festival's specials are taking part. These include Marc Sarrats (Alta Flipamenta) with Godai Garcia as the opening act, and a Roast of Joel Díaz, in which various artists will mercilessly make fun of the comedian from Santa Coloma de Gramenet, who will later get his revenge. There's also L’hora d’Oye Sherman, featuring a comedian with the same name known for the sophistication of her monologues. Finally, Òscar Andreu will present "Crida als ocells de colors llampants," an hour-long monologue (his first) that addresses the current situation in Catalan.
Rounds during which three comedians take the stage to deliver the best jokes in the form of monologues for about twenty minutes, along with a series of open mic sessions at various venues in the evenings, complete the festival's lineup.
Prefer music? Then you should closely follow the program of Cruïlla Tardor (from November 4 to December 1), a concert series organised by the festival in the coming weeks. Pay attention, as they host concerts such as those of Niña Polaca (on November 2) or Ciudad Jara (on November 10; both at Sala Apolo). You can also catch Pinpilinpussies (with Vecinos, on November 17 at Sala Wolf), Al·lèrgiques al Pol·len (on November 24, also at Sala Wolf), or Joan Miquel Oliver (pictured), who will perform on November 25 at Razzmatazz, presenting the album "Electronic Devices," the same day that Fatoumata Diawara performs at Paral·lel 62.
Among the potential sold-out shows, you have 31FAM, who remains one of the most popular urban music bands (on November 25, at Sant Jordi Club), and Nena Daconte, who closes Cruïlla Tardor on December 1 at Sala Wolf.