What's on in Barcelona
Coming up we have, among others, January SUM 41 (Razzmatazz, January 17); The Dandy Warhols (Sala Apolo, February 11); Isabel Pantoja (Palau Sant Jordi, February 18); Korn (Sant Jordi Club, March 18); Sting (Sant Jordi Club, March 21); Placebo (Sala Razzmatazz, April 27); Rick Astley (Teatre Barts, April 29); The Jesus and Mary Chain (Razzmatazz, April 29); Van Morrison at the Primavera Sound Festival (June 3); U2 (Estadi Olímpic, July 18); plus a date, as yet unconfirmed, for the Rolling Stones.
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.
There are just two chances to see Barça in action at home in January: the return leg of the Barça vs Athletic Bilbao tie in the Copa (January 11); and then the Barça vs Las Palmas game in La Liga (January 14).
The next home game in the Champions isn't until the Barça vs PSG game (March 8)
TimeOut Barcelona had an article recently on 15 Barcelona bars with big screens (content in Catalan) which you might find handy if you find you're not going to spend that kind of money on 90 minutes watching 22 blokes boot a bit of synthetic leather about.
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).
Coming up for Espanyol, the game against Depor is the first game in the New Year (January 6), after which we have Espanyol vs Granada (January 21); and Espanyol vs Sevilla (January 29).
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.