Aerosmith: Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour

Aerosmith Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour on Sunday 27 at Palau Sant Jordi 

The Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, is hosting a spectacular music event: Aerosmith will be playing a live concert on 27-06-2010!

Aerosmith was one of the more popular hard rock bands back in the 70s. The band from Boston developed a prototype for power ballads, and their ability to pull this off while retaining the rock and roll sound made them extremely popular.

Last time Aerosmith hit Barcelona was 11 years ago, so the Palau Sant Jordi is going to be totally crowded as the 18.000 on sale are about to be sold out. You are not going to miss the chance to see them live, are you? Grab your tickets here!
  • When: Sunday, June 27 from 8.45 pm (Aerosmith + The Cribs)
  • Where: Palau Sant Jordi [map]
  • Price: from €53.5

Revetlla de Sant Joan 2010

Sant Joan Midsummer's eve at Barcelona
Nit de Sant Joan: Barcelona on fire from the Park Güell

Tomorrow night Barcelona will celebrate the Feast of Sant Joan (St. John' s or Midsummer's Eve) and welcome in the summer. It is the shortest night of the year, shrouded in magic, symbols and legends. Sant Joan is a night to discover.

Sant Joan is the night of the summer solstice, when the sun reaches its highest point, after which it begins to wane. The Feast of Sant Joan venerates the king of stars as a symbol of fertility and richness, with bonfires being lit to give it the strength it is losing.

For the past 50 years or so in Catalonia, the flama del Canigó (Canigó flame - an emblematic mountain in the Pyrenees) has been part of the celebration. From the top of this mountain, the flames spread throughout the region as fires are lit in each community. The flame has contributed to a new vision of the celebration and signifies Catalan unity and identity.

Catalan people eat coca and drink cava to celebrate the shortest night of the year. Do you want to know more about this typical food and about what is going on in the city for the festival? Then check the council website (in english!) for all the info (including coca recipes!). Be careful with the fireworks that are going to be all around that night!

Romancero Gitano

Special Concert, Tuesday, July 20 at 9.00 pm 

Romancero Gitano by Federico García Lorca (text) & Castelnuevo Tedesco (composer) will be performed by Alen Garagic (Guitar) and the APZ Tone Tomsic Choir

The choir APZ Tone Tomsi University of Ljubljana (Grand Prix of Europe 2008) is considered one of the best of Europe. "Romancero Gitano for guitar and choir" by the cornposer Castelnuovo Tedesco is based on the famous text by Lorca. The work reflects the sorrows of the Spanish gypsies and their struggle against the oppression.

  • When: Tuesday, July 20 @ 9.00 pm
  • Where: St Anna's Church, Santa Anna 29[map]
  • How much: 20€ (at the door)
More info on Alen Garagic and the Art of Spanish Guitar Festival in this blog.

The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax

Watch it live from Bulgary in High Definition and Digital Sound 

For one night only, metalheads around the world can experience history: On Tuesday, June 22, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax perform on one stage together, and through the wonders of satellite technology, you can be part of this historic concert event, broadcast exclusively to select movie theatres around the world live from the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. Beyond the limited European festival dates, there are no additional tour dates planned for this extraordinary line-up.

This piece of music history will be on tomorrow night in four cinemas in Barcelona, starting at 7.00 pm:

Ben Harper at Cruïlla Barcelona Summer Festival

Cruïlla Barcelona 2010 summer festival 
  • When: July 16-17 @ 5.00 pm
  • Where: Parc del Fòrum [map]
  • Price: 2 day tickets: €71-€75
              Day tickets: €40-€43 

For its 3rd year Cruïlla Barcelona becomes a two day summer music festival by moving to July instead of September.

2010 sees yet another great line-up of quality bands, including Ben Harper, Love of Lesbian and many more perform on three stages, featuring a wide range of music genres.

Advance 2 day tickets € 71. 1 day tickets € 40

Full Line-up

  • Friday, July 16
    Ben Harper & Relentless7
    Love of Lesbian
    The Wailers
    Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
    Xavier Rudd
    Albert Pla y Los Sujetadores
    Roger Mas
    Vinicio Capossela
    Jon Allen
    The Pinker Tones
    La Kinky Beat
    Maria Coma
    Maria Rodés
    Pony Bravo
    Los Seis Días
    Taima Tesao
    The Oldians
  • Saturday, July 17
    Muchachito Bombo Infierno
    Alpha Blondy
    Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves
    Charlie Winston
    Kase.O & The Jazz Magnetism
    Ebony Bones
    Daara J Family
    Rupa & The April Fishes
    At Versaris & Asstrio
    Dj Woody
    Hocus Pocus
    Los Barrankillos
    Balkatalan Experience
    Dúmbala Canalla

Flamenco a Nou Barris

Flamenco a Nou Barris

After the Festival Flamenco Ciutat Vella last month, beginning July 1 the district of Nou Barris holds the Flamenco a Nou Barris festival. The three night sessions will combine cante and baile starting at 9.30 pm.

The festival provides a chance to enjoy the Antonio Canales' show Mano a mano once more.

Full programme as follows
  • Thursday, July 1:
    - Antonio Reyes (cante) & Manuel Herrera (guitar)
    - Antonio Canales & Amador Rojas "Mano a mano"
  • Friday, July 2:- Cañizares (guitar) "Origen flamenco"
    - Juana la del Pipa, Dolores Agujetas & La Macanita "Mujerez" show
  • Saturday, July 3:- Manuel Jiménez El Bartolo "20 años pa ti"
    - Israel Galván "La edad de oro", featuring Alfredo Lagos (guitar) & David Lagos (cante)
  • Download the programme here (spanish only)
  • When: July 1-3 at 9.30 pm
  • Where: Pati de la Seu del Districte, Plaça Major de Nou Barris 1 [map]
  • Price: 16.50€ per day. Tickets on sale here

Sonar 2010 International Festival

Sonar 2010 BarcelonaSonar 2010 International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art

Sónar is an annual three-day music festival held in Barcelona, Spain. It is described officially as a festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art. The festival runs in diferent places and venues for three days and nights in June, from Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 (well, until Sunday morning, that is).

Sonar’s diverse artistic offer splits between the Sonar by Day activities (in the CCCB and MACBA venues) and Sonar by Night (Fira Gran Via M2 L’Hospitalet), together with some simultaneous gigs like the performances at L’Auditori2010 will be the seventeenth edition of the Sónar festival.

At the last festival edition, more than 75,000 people enjoyed the fine selection of an artistic programme which combines the electronica headliners together with hundreds of emerging artists and DJ’s representing the most updated music and new media trends within electronic culture

Pictured above some of the artist featured this year (Roxy Music, LCD Soundsistem and The Chemical Brothers)

Tickets and all the info about the festival at

Free flamenco show every monday

Flamenco show Barcelona
Free flamenco show every monday

There are lots of chances you've already seen a flamenco show in Barcelona as there are many places and venues devoted to this typical spanish art.

But what about enjoying a free flamenco show before partying at one of the most spectacular and trendy clubs located in the uptown area in Barcelona? People from all over the world go to OSHUM to dance, drink and socialize.
  • When: Every Monday. From 10.30 pm to 12.00 pm
  • Where: OSHUM Club, Av. Doctor Marañon 17 [map]

Bodega 1800, wine and tapas

Tapas: Cabrales con cava and Bacalao con tomate y olivada

This bodega is located in the 1800 Passage, in Carmen Street, in the neighbourhood of the Raval, next to Boqueria Market and the Ramblas.

Bodega 1800 opened in 1952 as a cellar, where you could buy and taste wines, sparkling wines and canned food. Nowadays it's a cosy small wooden winery with barrels used as tables and a great place to go for a glass of wine (or three!) and enjoy some of the best tapas in the city. The cheesy one pictured above is one of my favourites.

The tapas at the Bodega 1800 consists of 4 small topped bread slices (montaditos) from a wide selection of vegetables, seafood, meat and cheese. Each tapa cost 3.50€. Glass of wine or cava at 2.50€.

Bodega 1800
Carme 31 [map]
No smoking area Smoking area
Both smoking and non-smoking areas
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