The Parc del Fórum is the scene for yet another music festival in town: the sixth edition of Cruïlla Barcelona. 'Cruïlla' is Catalan for 'crossing', and this two-day festival is just that: it does away with labels, doesn't group together only one genre of music, but has something for everyone, making it one of the top events of the summer.
The first day sees big names in pop taking the stage, such as American singer-songwriter Cat Power (7.30pm), who is finally performing songs from her latest album, 'Sun' (2012) live, which she was scheduled to do in the winter 2012 Primavera Club before cancelling tour dates; the Britpop idols Suede (11.15pm), with frontman Bret Anderson, who are back with a new album, 'Bloodsport' (2013) following their greatest hits tour; Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright (8.45pm), who's back in town with 'Out of the Game' (2012); English singer-songwriter James Morrisson (10pm) with his audience-pleasing soul-pop; and veteran musician and activist Billy Bragg (7.30pm), a key figure in punk and British rock since the 1970s.
Another political activist taking the stage at Cruïlla, in this case from the other side of the Atlantic, is Wyclef Jean (12.45am), former member of the Fugees performing for the first time in Barcelona with his Refugee Camp. And the beat goes on with: Ernest Ranglin (7.30pm), one of the godfathers of Jamaican music; Buraka Som Sistema (3.30am), one of the driving forces behind the kuduro sound with a real rhythmic blend; and the intense rock of Toundra (11.30pm) from Madrid.
Friday's line-up is rounded out by the psychedelic folk of El Petit de Cal Eril (6.30pm); Barcelona's own Standstill (12.45am), presenting their new show Cenit, in which they promote their album 'Dentro de la luz' (2013); the sweet pop sounds of Quart Primera (6.30pm); electronica band The Suicide of Western Culture (2.15am); Danish band Whomadewho (2.15am) blending rock, disco, house and funk; and two popular Catalan singers, Pau Vallvé (8.45pm) and Joan Colomo (2.15am); and newcomer Ramón Mirabet (11.30pm).