What's on in Barcelona
Formula 1 comes to car-crazy Barcelona (or just outside Barcelona, at any rate) with the motorcyle GP taking place at the same venue June 12—14.
The Primavera Sound is one of Barcelona's top annual music festivals.
The 2015 line-up includes, among many others, Antony and the Johnsons, Belle & Sebastian, The Black Keys, Christina Rosenvinge, Einstürzende Neubauten, Fucked Up (sic), Interpol (the band), James Blake, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog (also the band of that name), OMD (remember them?!), Patti Smith & Band (for the 40th anniversary of Horses), the tUnE-yArDs (sic), Twerps, Toni Amos, Underworld and a long etcetera, not all of whom, we confess, we'd actually ever heard of.
Only €185 (unless you got one of the first 1,000 tickets that went on sale).
- Info: English, Spanish, Catalan
June 18—20, 2015
The 21st edition of Barcelona's Advanced Music and Multimedia Art SONAR festival takes place in June, with this year's big attraction being...
Er, we're struggling with that one, I'm afraid. We guess that if you are really into this sort of stuff then, um, er… great! Nice talking to you… (Cripes, what was that guy on about…?!)
At €175 for a full SonarPass (and that was last year, with the discount for pre-event online purchase), it's not one of Barcelona's cheaper events. If you'd like an official Sonar bag and express access, that'll be €200 (€240 on the day).
- We liked: ...er, the MNAC?
Among other concerts coming up, we have Roxette (Sant Jordi Club, May 14); Nick Cave (Auditori Fòrum, May 21); Katie Melua (Liceu, May 23); the Primavera Sound Festival (Parc del Fòrum, May 27-30); AC/DC (Estadi Olímpic May 29); Maroon 5, (Palau Sant Jordi, June 14); Ariana Grande (Palau Sant Jordi, June 16); Sónar Festival (June 18-20); KISS (Palau Sant Jordi, June 21); Mark Knopfler (Poble Espanyol, July 31); Fito & Fitipaldis (Palau Sant Jordi, September 19); U2 (Palau Sant Jordi, October 5 and 6).
There's also the Festival de Pedralbes (June 8-July 9), in the lovely gardens of the Palau Reial, with people like Pet Shop Boys (June 8); Ana Belén and Víctor Manuel (June 14); Spandau Ballet (June 20); Bob Dylan (July 4).
And, finally, celebrating its seventh anniversary this summer, we have the Cruïlla Barcelona festival (July 10-12), with conterts by Damian Marley, Of Monsters and Men, Capital Cities, Asaf Avidan & Band, The Cat Empire, Caravan Palace and O Rappa.
Last time we looked, some of the above were already sold out (unless you think a €423 VIP seat for Robbie Williams is a bargain!)
For what is on in the way of classical music, opera and the like, see what's on at the Palau de la Musica and the Liceu Opera House (two places well worth visiting for their architecture, even if you are not that keen on that sort of music). Tickets for these can be obtained from ServiCaixa (see below)
Classical music is also on at the Auditori, home to Barcelona's Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC). Tickets for this can be obtained from Telentrada (see below).
ServiCaixa is one of best sources of tickets for concerts and other events in Barcelona, being run by La Caixa, the city's major bank. Tickets can be bought online or at cashpoints throughout the city.
Telentrada is the online ticket service from rival bank Caixa de Catalunya.
Tickets for many concerts can also be purchased at FNAC.
For football fans, one of the big attractions of Barcelona is its world famous club, Barça [website], with a visit to its stadium (preferably to actually see a game) high on your to-do list.
The two games left for Barça this season are kind of big ones -- and could lead to the Treble, with the League already won.
First we have the Cup Final, which is at the Nou Camp (how the hell did they get away with that one ?!!!) -- Barça vs Athletic Bilbao (May 30, kick-off 21.30). Bilbao finished 39 points behind Barça, so don't put any money on an upset!
And then there's the Champions Final, in Berlin, Juventus vs Barça (June 6, kick-off 20.45), with only Italians putting any money on an upset there.
TimeOut Barcelona had an article recently on 15 Barcelona bars with big screens (content in Catalan), which might be handy -- but get there real early for these two games!
A visit to the Barça museum includes a look inside the stadium itself, one the world's biggest.
Espanyol [website], Barcelona's "other" first division side play in a new stadium out in Cornellà (to get there, take the FGC train line from Plaza Espanya and get off at either Cornellà-Riera or Almeda).
For utterly one-eyed reporting, see our Newspapers page.
See also our Barcelona Sports page.
For non-football fans, it's frankly hard to understand quite what all the fuss is about.