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Music, Mercè, please: let’s get the party started!

[ 22.09.17 ]

 Symphony music, rock, pop, rumba… All these sounds and more have a place on the soundtrack to Barcelona’s Festa Major. This year, the programme includes concerts on a variety of stages, including some new venues, such as Parc Central de Nou Barris.

The Moll de la Fusta dock, which was also occupied by Barcelona Acció Musical (BAM) last year, returns once more as the venue for a programme of events mainly grouped into themed nights. For instance, the line-up on Friday, September 22 includes shows by Los Retrovisores and Brighton 64, as well as a concert by the composer and guitarist Amadeu Casas in an evening devoted to Barcelona’s links to mod culture. The next day, Saturday, September 23, Muchacho y Los Sobrinos, Ai Ai Ai and Los Manolos will bring rumba to the stage. Finally, on Sunday, September 24, Piero Pesce & Questioni Meridionali Folk, the Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra and Yacine & The Oriental Groove will present a truly Mediterranean celebration.

Several special concerts will also be devoted to the aforementioned rumba. These include a performance by Petitet and his symphonic rumba in Avinguda de la Catedral and the show Rumberos, pugin a l’escenari!, a show featuring Yumitus, Sabor de Gràcia, Gertrudis and others, on Bogatell beach.

Also in Avinguda de la Catedral, Barcelona Jazz All Stars, introduced by the journalist Òscar Dalmau, will present the members of a dream team of jazz musicians from the Catalan capital, including the likes of Raynald Colom, Giulia Valle, Carme Mezquida and Joan Chamorro and Andrea Motis, to name but a few. On the same stage, audiences are invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Tradicionàrius Festival at a performance by a legendary Italian folk group, Bella Ciao. Next, Rosalía & Raül Refree will perform tracks from their slow-cooked album Los Ángeles.

Meanwhile, on the Fòrum stage, artists like La Vida Bohème, Family Atlántica and so on will bring Latin American sounds to the masses, and the alt rock of Amparo Sánchez, aka Amparanoia, will also ring out.

This year, the programme at Bogatell beach is extended to two days. On Saturday, September 23, it will be the turn of Els Manel, Txarango and Búhos while, the following day, day Joan Miquel Oliver, Mishima and Sopa de Cabra will give us a night to remember.

Finally, a new venue makes its bow at La Mercè this year. This is Plaça Major de Nou Barris, where music-lovers can enjoy concerts by the Barcelona Municipal Band, the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra with the Icelandic mezzosoprano Gudrún Ólafsdóttir, the orchestra and choirs of the Gran Teatre del Liceu and an evening devoted to Vozes, a project that promotes social integration through music.