The Time Out stage at Cruïlla

Billy Bragg, Rokia Traoré... We reveal the surprises you'll find on our stage at the festival

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At Time Out Barcelona we're proud to give our name to a stage where top names Rokia Traoré and Billy Bragg will perform, and with a slight personality swap. Both presenting their new albums at Cruïlla, the Malian singer will perform her first political song, while British Bragg will leave behind his usual songs of protest in favor of something a bit more intimate.

And the Time Out stage continues to get more and more attractive. On Friday it will play host to Ernest Ranglin, the last to be added to the festival line-up in place of Toots & The Maytals. This virtuoso guitar defined the sound of Jamaican ska, and can be heard on the Millie Small classic 'My Boy Lollipop' (1964), the first-ever hit of the genre.

After Billy Bragg, Standstill take us to the Zenith ('Cenit', in Catalan, the name of their new show) with their spectacular show featuring their latest album 'Dentro de la luz'. The stage will be full of visual effects in which the Barcelona quintet appropriates Christian iconography to generate a collective catharsis.

On Saturday Belgian newcomer Selah Sue kicks things off on the stage with her cocktail of R&B with a splash of Reggae. And after the Rokia Traoré concert, which promises to be more energetic than ever, New Orleans sensation Trombone Shorty will perform. With plenty of albums under his belt, trombonist and trumpeter Troy Andrews leads the Orleans Avenue band, with an explosive live act somewhere between jazz, funk, R&B and rock. A perfect concert to bring the night to a close.

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