What's on in Barcelona
June 2-4 2016
The Primavera Sound is one of Barcelona's top annual music festivals.
The 2016 line-up includes, among many others, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Sigur Rós and Brian Wilson and a long etcetera, not all of whom, we confess, we'd actually ever heard of.
In 2015 it would have cost you €185 (unless you got one of the first 1,000 tickets that went on sale).
We're kind of potty about motorcycling here in Spain (it helps that we win just about everything going). Barcelona has its own GP, out at Montmeló.
As for how to get there, helicopter would be nice and convenient, but you could also go on train with everyone else who wasn't crazy enough to go by car.
- Info: English, Spanish, Catalan
June 16—18, 2016
The 22nd 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?
Barcelona goes wild on St Joan, drinking cava, the local sparkling wine, consuming a frankly rather boring coca de St Joan, a dry cake with candied fruit of various kinds on top, blasting off the annual budget of a small developing nation in fireworks and partying on the beach till dawn and the Guardia Urbana come along.
The fireworks are something else. You remember Apocalypse Now? Walking the streets on the night of the 23rd is about like that. Wild!
More about Sant Joan on the official BCN site.
June 28-July 10
The "most important LGBT pride festival in the Mediterranean", apparently (though here in Barcelona we don't tend to be modest about any event we put on!)
Concerts coming up in Barcelona include Amaral (Sant Jordi Club, June 11); Neil Young (Poble Espanyol, June 20); Rihanna (Palau Sant Jordi., July 21); Estopa (Palau Sant Jordi, October 15); Justin Bieber (Palau Sant Jordi, November 22) and The Cure (Palau Sant Jordi, November 26).
There are also the Primavera Sound (June 2—4) and the Sonar (June 16—18) festivals, both of which TimeOut included in its World's top 50 music festivals.
Among other summer festivals, we have the Cruïlla Barcelona festival (July 8-10), with conterts by Damien Rice, Bunbury, Love of Lesbian, Zoo, Ana Tijoux...)
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.
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).
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.