This month's concert highlights in Barcelona
Acclaimed as one of the best-ever guitarists, Mark Knopfler, who has sold more than 120 million albums between his work with Dire Straits and his solo career, starts his world tour in Barcelona to present his ninth solo album, 'Down the Road Wherever' (2018).
Mumford & Sons are back in Barcelona six years after their last visit. Since then their popularity has only grown, so they're out to fill up the Palau Sant Jordi this time around. The band got their start in West London in 2007 by multi-instrumentalists Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane playing what was then called the new wave of English folk. In 2009 they released their first album, 'Sigh no More', which helped them make a name for themselves on the world pop scene. They're back with several Grammys on their shelves to present their fourth album, 'Delta' (2018).
Celebrating both their 30th anniversary as a group and the release of their latest album, 'Extrapolaciones y dos preguntas' (2019), which features versions of some of their favourite songs of their own as well as covers of other artists' work, the electro pop duo of Alaska and Nacho Canut (known together as Fangoria) take the stage at Sant Jordi Club. Don't miss the opening acts: Ms Nina, King Jedet and Nancys Rubias.
Popular Australian band Sticky Fingers bring their pop-reggae to Apolo's La  hall to present their fourth and latest album, 'Yours to Keep' (2019).
Plus... Upcoming concerts in Barcelona
A little over a year after they sold out at Palau Sant Jordi, the legendary California hard rock band Metallica, led by founding members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, along with Hammett and Roberto Trujillo, are back in Barcelona as part of their Worldwired Tour 2019 – this time at the Olympic Stadium on Montjuïc. If you're lucky enough to get tickets, you'll also get a free MP3 download of the concert, mixed and mastered by the team behind the band's latest effort, 'Hardwired... to Self-Destruct' (2016).
America's biggest boy band, Backstreet Boys, whose big hits include 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)', 'I Want It That Way' and 'As Long as You Love Me', are back in Barcelona with their original line-up of Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ Mclean and Kevin Richardson to present their first album in six years, 'DNA' (2019). This concert is part of their DNA World Tour, which you can see in Palau Sant Jordi, one of the biggest venues the Boys have played in the last 18 years. They're far from their days as boys, with their ages now ranging from 38 to 47, but if you were a teenage fan of boy bands in the '90s, you're no spring chicken either and you won't want to miss these men doing their thing live.
The wildly popular Primavera Sound festival has announced the artists who will take to the stages in its 2019 edition, which will be held at the Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona from Friday, May 30 to Saturday, June 1. This year, half of the artists on the line-up are women, bringing more equality and just as much brilliance to the festival. Rosalía, Solange, Cardi B, Janelle Monáe, Erikah Badu and Robyn are tops among the list of women performing. Key players who hit it big in the '90s feature as usual, including Jarvis Cocker, Suede, Stereolab, Nas, Neneh Cherry, Róisín Murphy, Primal Scream, Guided by Voices, Built to Spill, Stephen Malkmus and Liz Phair, and also make room for new sensations of urban music and contemporary pop. The eclectic line-up spans EBM to alternative rock, plus avant-garde pop, club pop, urban soul, a load of reggaeton artists and big names in the world of electronic music.
The popular German industrial hard rock band that is Rammstein comes to Cornellà in their only stop in all of Spain this year. The concert is part of their first stadium tour, after having played festivals and smaller venues in recent years, and following their last European tour in 2013. Fans have waited nearly ten years since the release of 'Liebe Ist Für Alle Da' in 2009 for a new Rammstein album, which is as of yet untitled and due this spring.
English musician Ed Sheeran is a worldwide pop icon. His latest LP, '÷' (2017), has sold more than 12 million copies around the globe, conquering the American market as well, which isn't always easy for British artists. After filling the Palau Sant Jordi in 2017, the famous redhead heads to the Olympic Stadium when he stops in Barcelona during his current tour.
Alejandro Sanz, who over the years has become one of the most respected singers and songwriters on the Spanish pop scene, is back in town with #LaGira, the name he's given to his latest tour made specially for stadium concerts. He presents his forthcoming 12th album, which features the single 'No tengo nada', showing off his characteristic flamenco-tinged pop that's been so successful for the Madrid-born artist.
You know Eddie Vedder as the frontman of classic grunge band Pearl Jam, who were just back in Barcelona in 2018 after a ten-year absence from our stages. And now he's back on his own at the Palau Sant Jordi with a set list that includes his own songs (though he hasn't released a solo album since 2011's 'Ukelele Songs'), Pearl Jam songs, and covers of tunes by different artists.
The favourite summer festival of Barcelona locals, Cruïlla, proudly waves the flag of eclecticism, and this year puts on its tenth edition from July 4 to 6 at the Parc del Fòrum with a line-up filled with performances of all types of trends and musical styles. A good example is found in big names like Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue, who's one of the headliners on Saturday. Saturday is also when two big local bands play: Love of Lesbian and Dorian. Rock is the star of the day on Friday the 5th, with bands like the UK's Bastille, and the return of Scottish outfit Garbage. Keep an eye out for Oxford Foals, Vetusta Morla, and Xoel López. Other confirmed names include Gang of Youths from Australia, France's Zaz, and DJ Amable, as well as a day dedicated to urban sounds and young audiences.
British group The Charlatans are the headliners for the 2019 edition of the Vida music festival, which takes place in natural surrounds in nearby Vilanova i la Geltrú. You'll also get to see veteran band Madness, who have been mixing pop, punk and ska in their eternal hits for some 40 years. Also among the first confirmed are house-pop from Londoners Hot Chip; magic folk with hints of Balkan sounds from Beirut; a new, sharper and more powerful sound from American artist Sharon Van Etten, presenting her new album; punk-pop from American band Superchunk; Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado, bringing alternative rock from Argentina; folk songs from Australians Stella Donnelly and Didirri; pop singer-songwriter Joan Colomo from right here in Catalonia; and elegant electronica from Catalan artist Carla.
The Sónar festival of arts, design, and electronic and advanced music, which won the Time Out Barcelona Award for 2018, fills up the summer in the city once again with top-notch artists such as American rapper A$AP Rocky and London grime producer and MC Skepta, as well as emerging stars like Ross From Friends, Octavian, Murlo, Bad Gyal and DJ Andy C. Other big draws to this 26th edition are British band Disclosure and Germany's Paul Kalkbrenner. As usual, the audiovisual shows are also a big attraction, like the ones from Actress, Deena Abdelwahed, and Lotic. As for the DJ sessions, watch out for Dixon, Floating Points, Maya Jane Coles, Amelie Lens, Artwork, and Blawan & Dax J. You'll also be able to check out live shows from Nicola Cruz, K Á R Y Y N, Mans O, pianist Bruce Brubaker, FKJ, Slikback, Hibotep, Catnapp, Cecilio G, Brat Star and De Valentina. Sónar 2019 is on from Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20, this year a month later than usual.