Despite Covid-19, Barcelona is not staying still this summer. We go over the music festivals and other cultural plans that will bring the city to life the next few months.
Many of the scheduled activities for this summer have been modified or delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak as well as all the limitations and regulations to avoid its spreading.
The Primavera Sound and Cruïlla as we know them will take place next year. However, these two music festivals have adapted to the circumstances to keep offering concerts this summer. The Barcelona Beach Festival has been postponed and it will happen in 2021. And even though it won’t offer the full programme until next year, the Sonar festival will have a special edition of Sonar + D for the creative hub of the city, hosted by the CCCB on September 18 and 19.
Luckily, the city never stops and we still have plenty of things to do in Barcelona this summer 2020.
Primavera Sound and its Forum Nights
Nits del Fòrum (nights at the Forum) is a concert series promoted by Primavera Sound that will take place during the summer 2021, offering live performances from June 27 to September 20. Some of the guest artists are Ferran Palau, Christina Rosenvinge, Mujeres, Mishima, Amaia, Yung Beef and Manel, amongst many others.
On concert days, the doors of Parc del Forum will open at 7pm and there will be 5 hours of music, with DJ sessions before and after the concert. Also, the Forum Nights will have a diverse selection of gastronomy and mixology for the visitors.
Tickets can be already purchased in the Primavera Sound website.
Sometimes less is more, at least that’s what the organisers of Cruïlla festival have thought. That’s why they have adapted to the new normality offering all types of shows by local artists during the month of July: music, dance, performing arts and comedy.
Cruïlla XXS won’t take place in just one location, it will have stages in several emblematic spots of Barcelona like Poble Espanyol, the gardens of Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Recinte Modernista of Sant Pau or the famous Camp Nou.
There is a long list of guest artists: from the ground-breaking theatre company La Fura dels Baus to the modern electro-pop of Ladilla Rusa, the comedy of El Soterrani and many renowned Catalan musicians such as Roger Mas, Joan Colomo, Obeses, Sopa de Cabra, Lildami and more.
You can find all the information in the site of Cruïlla Barcelona.
The Grec Festival reinvents itself
Grec is another one of the summer festivals of Barcelona that has been reinvented and this 2020 it will become a proximity festival with new formats. Its director, Francesc Casadesús, explains how “there will be a lot of music as well as special productions with unique collaborations of artists from different disciplines.”
The Grec Festival will start on June 30 with a homage to health and essential workers and it will keep on going until summer of 2021.
This year, the programme will be divided in three: Grec Festival, From Grec to Grec and Open Grec and it will offer tickets with special prices.
Sala Barcelona: music in Montjuïc’s Castle
The Sala Barcelona festival is the new project with which the City Council and the Catalonia Concert Venues Association (Associació de Sales de Concerts de Catalunya – ASACC) want to reactivate live music in the city.
From July 2 to August 30, there will be more tan 60 concerts as part of a programme that includes names as Clara Peya, Hidrogenesse, Da Souza, Niño de Elche or Fundación Tony Manero.
All concerts will be outdoors, at the parade ground of Montjuïc’s Castle, between Thursdays and Sundays.
The Pedralbes Gardens will keep welcoming visitors and offering great music this summer. Even though the Pedralbes Festival won’t be able to celebrate its 8th edition normally this year, they have created Fes Pedralbes, a mix of live music and gastronomy that will take place in the same location until the end of August.
In the programme there are artists as big as Ainhoa Arteta, Van Morrison, Paco Ibáñez and Andrea Motis. You can find all the concerts in the festival’s programme.
If you want to easily find all the cultural activities in the city, remember that you can use the new digital tool Live Barcelona Marketplace, a directory with more than 200 activities.