Barcelona is a city brimming with music that spans genres. Concert halls, bars, and big clubs invite all kinds of acts to their stages, from freshly pressed indie bands to globally famous international superstars. To make sure you don't miss any of your favourites, including major festivals, check here for our top picks for the best live music and concerts in Barcelona.
Live music and concert highlights in Barcelona
Robert Forster, who, together with the late Grant McLennan, formed part of the legendary band from Brisbane, The Go-Betweens, is back in town to present his latest album, 'Inferno' (2019). This is Forster's third solo effort following the death of McLennan, to whom he dedicated his celebrated and captivating autobiographical book 'Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens'.
English pop star Charli XCX, who first played Barcelona as Katy Perry's opening act in 2015 and who came back this year to perform at Primaver Sound, is here again starring in her very own show for the first time in Barcelona. She presents 'Charli' (2019), her anticipated third album, which is sure to wow fans with a new and interesting batch of PCmusic, synth pop and pop punk.
Nearly a decade after their last live performance in Barcelona the near personal project of Ezra Koenig, Vampire Weekend, is back in town to present their much-anticipated fourth album, 'Father of the Bride' (2019). This fourth record, published six long years after their previous effort, 'Modern Vampires of the City' (2013), has been well-received by fans and critics.
Everyone's talking about this Michigan quartet 'strongly inspired' by Led Zeppelin who sell out venues wherever they go and who enjoyed amazing success with their debut LP, 'Anthem of the Peaceful Army' (2018) and earned several Grammy nominations, winning one for their EP 'From the Fires' (2018). Greta Van Fleet are brothers Josh, Jake and Sam Kiszka and Danny Wagner, and together they play a mix of irresistible hard rock and blues.
Razzmatazz plays host to British band Hot Chip as they present their brilliant seventh album, 'A Bath Full of Ecstasy' (2019). Alexis Taylor, Joe Godard, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle and Felix Martin have been making us dance non-stop for nearly two decades, and the list of electronic pop hits they've produced is long: 'Ready for the Floor', 'Over and Over', Boy from School', 'One Life Stand', and so many more. For this new album they've come up with more fantastic songs to regale us with, such as 'Melody of Love', the band's new instant classic.
Following massive success at Sónar 2019, several tours of the United States, Asia and Europe, and millions of fans hitting Play on digital platforms, Bad Gyal returns to Curtcircuit with her new show, Bad Gyal Soundsystem, to show everyone who the queen of dancehall is in Catalonia. At just 22 years old, Bad Gyal managed to heat up dance floors around the world with hits like ‘Fiebre’, ‘Jacaranda’, ‘Candela’, ‘Santa Maria’ and ‘Hookah’.
Rosalía has become a global star in record time, winning a pair of Latin Grammys and another couple of MTV Video Music Awards, and having collaborated with great Latin stars like J Balvin and Ozuna, electronic kings like James Blake, and making her film debut with none other than Pedro Almodóvar with a small role in 'Pain and Glory'. You've seen her fusion of flamenco, R&B and electronic rhythms at Barcelona's big festivals Sónar and Primavera Sound, where this year she presented her album 'El mal querer' (2018). Now you can see the end of the tour of the same album in Palau Sant Jordi, a massive space that might be too small to hold the power of such an international phenomenon.
Bryan Adams has been a rock star ('Summer of '69', 'Run to You') and a singer of sappy love ballads ('Everything I Do [I Do It For You]', 'Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?'), and more. Fans of the Canadian musician with a 40-plus-year career and over 65 million albums sold to date get the chance to see him live as his tour for his 14th album, 'Shine a Light' (2019), brings him to Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi.
Bon Iver has released one of the most anticipated albums of this summer: 'i,i' (2019) is the fourth album of Justin Vernon's most celebrated project, which exploded onto the independent music scene more than a decade ago with the magnificent 'For Emma, Forever Ago' (2007). That debut was an album that broke moulds with the use of echo and voice treatment, but Vernon no longer records alone in a cabin isolated from the world as he did then. His sound has become sophisticated over time, on albums like 'Bon Iver, Bon Iver' (2011) and '22, A Million' (2016). Although his work with vocal expression – with all kinds of filters and electronic effects – remains paramount in his music, Bon Iver has increasingly become a live band, which is reflected more than ever in the sound of 'i,i'.
California musician Grant-Lee Phillips, who was the lead singer of the Grant Lee Buffalo trio, later went solo, experimenting with electronic sounds and country-rock, until he found his most personal and intimate style. He plays Cruïlla de Tardor to present his last album, 'Widdershins' (2018).
They've been to Barcelona several times before, in intimate venues and huge festivals such as Primavera Sound, but never before have they performed outside the festival setting in a space as large as Palau Sant Jordi. This marks a new milestone for Australian singer/songwriter Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds (Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos, George Vjestica and Toby Dammit), who aim to fill Sant Jordi with all the emotion and sadness they've created with 'Ghostseen' (2019), their 17th album, which seems to be, after 'Skeleton Tree' (2016), a very personal album for Cave following the death of his teenage son Arthur, in 2015.
Sir Elton John, one of the most acclaimed artists in all of pop history, announced he was retiring from performing live more than a year ago. We weren't sure if it was really true because he's still going strong and could carry on for years to come if he wanted to. But just in case he means business, pay attention to this: John's 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour includes two consecutive dates in Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi. From his debut in 1969, John has sold millions of albums, and you won't want to miss the chance to hear him performing huge hits that have thrived over 50 years of the artist's career.
The Best of Barcelona's Nightlife
Nightlife in Barcelona is as wild as you want it to be, and you can find a club night, session or party every night of the week in Barcelona's best clubs. Whether it's a weekly club night you find you can't skip, a monthly session you keep marked in your calendar, or a party that pops up every so often that you plan your holidays around, they're on this list.