The great Paul Weller brings his mod elegance to Barcelona for the Pedralbes festival. The singer, guitarist and songwriter is synonymous with quality since he was a mod icon in the post-punk and New Wave era with the trio The Jam, and the king of blue-eyed soul with The Style Council. Weller presents his new solo album, 'Saturns Pattern' (2015), the 12th in his long and fruitful career.
When you talk about Chic and Nile Rodgers, you're talking about the most emblematic group in the history of disco music. Their first albums formed the foundations of a classic sound, in which their songs are still as fresh and impactful as when they were first released. Huge dance-floor hit 'Le Freak' came from their second album, 'C'est Chic' (1978), and 'Risque' (1979) brought us the rhythm bomb of 'Good Times'. Nile Rodgers has collaborated with and produced half the industry, and now he's living it up all over again after working with Daft Punk, making 'Get Lucky' a worldwide hit. After getting the band back together, Rodgers and Chic returned to stages, including at the Sónar festival, and now at Pedralbes.
The Minnesota genius is back in town five years after his last appearance. One of the most influential singer-songwriters in the history of popular music, creator of classics that have impacted several generations, is, at age 74, still in top form, as evidenced by his latest (and 36th) album, 'Shadows in the Night' (2015), which features versions of ballads popularised by Frank Sinatra. He's also got the 2014-released 'The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete' out, which is a compilation of previously unreleased recordings Dylan made with The Band in 1967.
Chicago-born Anastacia, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, fashion designer and philanthropist, has managed to mix pop, rock, soul, R&B and disco to reach diverse audiences. Her sixth studio album is 'Resurrection' (2014), a word that refers to her own life, as the LP was released after she beat breast cancer for the second time and had a double mastectomy. Her health problems, which began when she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 13, haven't prevented Anastacia from having a successful career that didn't kick off until she was 30-something, with the release of her first album 'Not That Kind' (2000), a worldwide success thanks to the single 'I'm Outta Love'.
Australian brother-and-sister act Angus & Julia Stone are back in town with their emotional and epic folk-pop songs and their self-titled third album that was released in 2014 after the each tried their hand at solo projects. Whoever said there's strength in numbers was right in this case.
Lebanese-British singer-songwriter Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr., aka Mika, became an international star with his first album, 'Life in Cartoon Motion' (2007). His brilliant pop had the shine of glam rock. The single 'Grace Kelly' helped him enjoy a resounding success that was again validated by 'Lollipop', landing somewhere between bubblegum pop and swing. Now he's back with a bang to close out this year's Pedralbes festival and to present his new and fourth album 'No Place in Heaven' (2015), featuring the single 'Talk About You'.