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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

Borja Duñó
Jan Fleischer
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Borja Duñó
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Jan Fleischer
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Friendly warning! We're working hard to be accurate. But these are unusual times, so please check that events are still happening. 

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

  • Music
  • Pop
  • 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.

Bad Religion + Suicidal Tendencies + Millencolin + Blowfuse + The Vandals
  • Music
  • Punk and metal
  • 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).

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  • Music
  • 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.

Marc Anthony
  • Music
  • Pop
  • 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.

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  • Music
  • Dance and electronic
  • Sants - Montjuïc

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). 

  • Music
  • Punk and metal
  • 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.

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Elton John
  • Music
  • Pop
  • 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.

The Best of Barcelona's Nightlife

  • Nightlife
  • Alternative 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.

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