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Festivals in Barcelona

Primavera Sound, the end of May

One of Barcelona's hottest music events of the summer, Primavera Sound is a three-day music party bash that usually falls on the last week of May. The main stage of the festival is Parc del FГІrum, which is taken over by the best-known names in indie, rock and electronic music for these three days. Due to its spiking popularity, the Primavera Sound festival expands every year and does not shy away from adding more intimate club concerts into its program. To the sheer joy of the public, some free concerts in the central part of Barcelona are now also part of the fun.

Here are some examples of Primavera Sound programming in previous years:

Primavera Sound 2014

Primavera Sound 2013

Primavera Sound 2012

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SГіnar, 2nd or 3rd week of June

Sónar is a three-day festival of music and advanced multimedia arts, the biggest in Europe and one of the most popular of its kind in electronic music. Without a doubt, Sónar is the most well-known festival of Barcelona that attracts hundreds of thousands visitors annually. During the day Sónar focuses on exhibitions and installations in Montjuïc and in the museum of contemporary arts of Barcelona (MACBA), and at night it shifts to the periphery of the city, the district of L'Hospitalet, and its clubs and bars. The area is well-serviced by the public transit system of Barcelona. There are day passes, night passes and all-inclusive passes to Sónar events – due to its popularity it is wise to book well in advance.

Sonar lineup in 2014

Sonar lineup in 2013

Sonar lineup in 2012

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    Festa de la MГєsica, 21st of June

    Every year on the 21st of June, during the summer solstice (the longest day of the year), numerous squares, parks, civic centers, museums of Barcelona are converted into music stages. All concerts held in the city are free, and all music genres are represented – from house to folk music, from buskers to grand orchestras. A few concerts, although not as many, take place a day or two prior to the Music Day, so there is always something to every music taste.

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    Festa Major de GrГ cia, mid-August

    Once upon a time a local event in the small town of GrГ cia, today Festa Major de GrГ cia is an exuberant celebration of life's pleasures with all the festive attributes: music, dancing, colourfully decorated floats, streets turned into magical scenery, noisy fireworks and firecrackers, parades of devils and giants, human pyramids on squares and much more. The festival is a week-long celebration and a must-see event if you are in Barcelona in mid-August.

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    BAM, the end of September

    The alternative music festival BAM (Barcelona AcciГі Musical) takes place in Barcelona in September, typically at the end of the month, and attracts music lovers with its free concerts in gorgeous open-air venues of Ciutat Vella and Parc del FГІrum. BAM books a wide variety of young and talented artists, homegrown and international likewise, who play a wide variety of genres: the usual rock, indie and post-punk bands alternate with folk, jazz, electronica and even pop bands.

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    La MercГЁ Festival, the end of September

    Barcelona's biggest festival, Festes de la MercГЁ, begins a few days before September 24 and goes on for a few more days after. The 24th of September is the day of celebration of Our Lady of Mercy (La Mare de DГ©u de la MercГЁ), Barcelona's second most important patron saint (along with Saint George). The parading of her portrait along the city streets, from the MercГЁ church all the way to the harbour, is an important part of the festival. September 24 is a public holiday and it serves as a good excuse for week-long festivities that culminate in traditional eye-popping fireworks at the waterfront.

    The majority of unique festive elements of Catalan-style celebrations can be encountered at the MercГЁ: you will see demons with sparklers chasing bystanders on the streets; human castles made out of athletic young and not so young people reaching high; traditional gegants (giants) stomping along in colourful processions; locals joining hands and getting ready to dance the sardana, a popular Catalan circle-dance. All over Barcelona there are open-air concerts, cycling races, activities for children, and family-oriented events going on. On September 24th many museums and galleries offer free admission to all.

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