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Best upcoming live music and concerts in Barcelona

Your guide to the best of who's playing and where to go for the best gigs and concerts in Barcelona

By Borja Duñó and Jan Fleischer
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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

Dua Lipa presentará concierto en streaming para tocar su nuevo disco Future Nostalgia
Foto: Cortesía Warner Records/Hugo Comte

Dua Lipa

Music Pop Palau Sant Jordi, Sants - Montjuïc

Dua Lipa killed it in 2019 with one of the year's undisputed hits, 'Don't Start Now'. This dancefloor smash has got everything that makes a three-minute track irresistible: '80s electropop beats and synthesizers and disco music straight out of the '70s. It's virtually impossible to stand still when you hear it, and that's just a preview of Lipa's second album, 'Future Nostalgia' (2020). Lipa makes her Barcelona debut on the second stop of the album tour, which kicks off in Madrid.

Agnes Obel
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Agnes Obel

Music Pop BARTS (Barcelona Arts on Stage), El Raval

Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel presents her fourth album, 'Myopia' (2020), where she once again brings us into her music world, which takes influences from artists such as Roy Orbison, Erik Satie, PJ Harvey, Claude Debussy and Joni Mitchell, and even from Alfred Hitchcock's cinematography. She's got a wonderful and enveloping yet delicate voice, and skills on the piano, as she's already proven on her debut album, 'Philharmonics' (2010) and follow-ups, 'Aventine' (2013) and 'Citizen of Glass' (2016).

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Bad Religion + Suicidal Tendencies + Millencolin + Blowfuse + The Vandals

Music Punk and metal Poble Espanyol, Sants - Montjuïc

Legends of melodic hardcore, California-born Bad Religion return to Barcelona to celebrate their 40th anniversary. A true icon on the worldwide punk scene, the band are giving us a concert at Poble Espanyol with deluxe opening acts: fellow Californians Suicidal Tendencies and The Vandals, the Sweden's Millencolin, and the Blowfuse from right here in Catalonia. Greg Graffin and company review their long discography, including their latest album, 'Age of Unreason' (2019).

FKA Twigs
Photograph: Matthew Stone

Primavera Sound

Music Parc del Fòrum, Sant Martí

The 20th edition of Primavera Sound moves to 2021, and some of the big names announced at the start of June 2020 for the 2021 edition were already on the bill for 2020, and some are new. Among them are Charli XCX, FKA Twigs, Beck, Iggy Pop, Bad Bunny, Tyler the Creator, Massive Attack, Tame Impala, Gorillaz, The Strokes, Jorja Smith, Koffee, Pavement, Idles, Caribou, Bikini Kill, Chromatics, Dinosaur Jr., Yo La Tengo, Mavis Staples and Jeff Mills. Also taking the stage will be three biggies on the Catalan urban music scene – Bad Gyal, Yung Beef and C. Tanga.

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Marc Anthony

Music Pop RCDE Stadium, Beyond Barcelona

Puerto Rican New Yorker and father of Jennifer Lopez's children, Marc Anthony, brings his Latin rhythm, salsa and charisma to Barcelona to present 'Opus' (2019), his first studio album in six years, and the eighth since 'Otra Nota' (1993) put him on the map as a recording star.

The Chemical Brothers
Photograph: Sónar

Sónar

Music Dance and electronic Multiple venues

The 27th edition of Sónar and the 9th edition of Sónar+D have been moved from 2020 to 2021. As of June 2020, the organisation is working to reschedule as many of the artists and activities as possible that were set for the June 2020 dates into the 2021 dates. As always, the festival happenings are divided between Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, with more than 100 shows, including the new immersive audiovisual show from The Chemical Brothers (confirmed for 2021), in which the British duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons mix their hits with songs from their new album 'No Geography' (2019). 

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IRON MAIDEN
FOTO: JOHN McMURTRIE

Iron Maiden + Within Temptation

Music Punk and metal Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc Lluís Companys (Olympic Stadium), Sants - Montjuïc

Attention heavy metal fans: Iron Maiden are playing just one date in Spain on their current tour, and it's July 25 at Barcelona's Olympic Stadium. The English outfit are on the European leg of their Legacy of the Beast greatest hits world tour that started in 2018. The biggest Iron Maiden concert in Barcelona to date will give you all their biggies – those tunes you've seemingly known forever and that have given birth to modern heavy metal. Get ready for a show full of pyrotechnics and theatrics: giant zombies, fencing combat, air raids and explosions, images from classic Iron Maiden songs onstage and more. The concert is set to be a festival metal that spans generations. It's promoted by Madness Live and Primavera Sound, and it's not the first time the famous festival has banked on heavy metal, but it is the first time they've put on a heavy metal stadium concert. Opening acts won't disappoint either: in Australian band Airbourne you'll hear influences by the likes of Aerosmith and fellow Aussies AC/DC; and out of New Zealand it's Within Temptation with their symphonic and melodic sounds.

Elton John

Music Pop Palau Sant Jordi, Sants - Montjuïc

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.

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Alanis Morissette
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Alanis Morissette + Liz Phair

Music Pop Palau Sant Jordi, Sants - Montjuïc

Alanis Morissette's ninth studio album, 'Such Pretty Forks in the Road', was released in July 2020, though her third LP, 'Jagged Little Pill' (1995), which came out with she was just 21 years old, is the one we'll never forget. And how could we? It was in the American Billboard top 20 for more than a year, and sold over 33 million copies. The globally successful record featured massive hits like 'You Oughta Know', 'Hand in My Pocket', 'Ironic' and 'You Learn', and earned Morissette five Grammys. Opening for her is Liz Phair, another big indie star of the 1990s, whose debut album, 'Exile in Guyville' was released to critical acclaim in 1993.

Bon Iver
Foto: Graham Tolbert & Crystal Quinn

Bon Iver

Music Rock and indie Palau Sant Jordi, Sants - Montjuïc

In 2019, Bon Iver released one of the most anticipated albums of the summer: 'i,i' is the fourth album of Justin Vernon's most celebrated project. 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'. 

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Sala Apolo
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