The Cruïlla festival is one of the biggies on the summer music festival circuit in Barcelona, and its eighth edition is on from July 7 to 8 in the Parc del Fòrum with its usual eclectic line-up with artists from a variety of backgrounds and styles.
Musicians and bands on the bill include Jamiroquai, who presents his new album in this, his only concert this year in Spain; Pet Shop Boys, with their album 'Super' (2016); and live shows from The Prodigy, Two Door Cinema Club, Die Antwoord, Ryan Adams, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul (a Steven Van Zandt project), Ani DiFranco, Residente (half of Calle 13), pioneer of electro-swing Parov Stelar (don't worry if you don't recognise his name, you'll know his hits), French artist Jain (author of the hit 'Come'), and AronChupa (of 'I'm an Albatraoz' fame).
Catalan and Spanish artists taking to the stages include Txarango, Exquirla (the new project that brings together flamenco singer Niño de Elche and instrumental rock group Toundra), Enric Montefusco, La Raíz, Dorian, Nicola Cruz, El Petit de Cal Eril, Pau Vallvé, Carlos Sadness, Neuman, and Oques Grasses, among others.
Other confirmed acts are The Lumineers, that band out of Denver that's well-known on the new Americana scene, with their second album, 'Celopatra' (2016); Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, who've been one of the biggest bands in Spanish rock for the last 25 years; Youssou N'Dour, a key figure in African music; German artist Patrice, creator of Sweggae, with his new album 'Life's Blood' (2016); and MC Kase.O, who's back at Cruïlla with his latest efford, 'El Círculo'.
A bonus you get at Cruïlla, too, is that concerts are longer than at other festivals you might have been to, with 90 minutes for headliners and 60 minutes for other artists and groups.