The Cruïlla Barcelona festival is in its seventh edition this year, and is fast becoming one of Barcelona's don't-miss summer festivals. With an eclectic mix of styles and origins as far as the groups who perform ar concerned, the festival fills the Parc del Fòrum with three days of music and fun.
Scottish indie hit-makers Franz Ferdinand and the legendary and inclassifiable American duo Sparks, made up of brothers Ron and Russell Mael, will be at Cruïlla, but not as separate acts. They've joined forces to become FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks), an unpredictable formation led by the vocals of Alex Kapranos and Russell Mael. You'll also enjoy the musical stylings of English pianist Jamie Cullum, king of jazz pop for the masses, who will be presenting tunes from his latest album, 'Interlude' (2014), full of covers of jazz and blues standards.
Later acts confirmed include an exclusive performance in Spain by Kendrick Lamar with the exceptional 'To Pimp a Butterfly'; the first time in Barcelona for former Fugees vocalist Lauryn Hill; soul man Aloe Blacc; and performing for the first time in Spain, star of British R&B Emeli Sandé.
Other acts confirmed: Milky Chance, with their hit 'Stolen Dance', CocoRosie, Dub Inc., Vintage People, Osibisa, Zuco 103, Archive, Kiril Djaikovsky feat. Tk Wonder, Diana Fuentes, Birth Of Joy, as well as a good respresentation of Catalan and Spanish talent with Els Catarres, Ferran Palau, Furguson, El Puchero del Hortelano, Guadalupe Plata, Los Granadians, Coriolà, Miquel Serra, The Gramophone Allstars, Anna Roig i L'ombra de ton chien, Línia Maginot and Los Retrovisores.
Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, son of the late great Bob Marley, will perform for the first time in Barcelona; Of Monsters and Men, who will present their new album, also make their debut in Barcelona; Capital Cities, the hot duo of Ryan Merchant and Sebú Simonian, authors of the hit 'Safe and Sound'; Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan, who comes to town with a band to present 'Gold Shadow'; the party in a band that is The Cat Empire; the electro-swing of French band Caravan Palace, who will also be making their Barcelona debut; and O Rappa, a group that fills stadiums in Brazil, with their latest album, 'Nunca teme fim'.
Rounding out the line-up are Californians Vintage Trouble, a four-piece band led by charismatic vocalist Ty Taylor, and their primitive soul that sounds like you're listening to vinyl on a jukebox; Le Peuple de l'Herbe, one of the top groups on the French indie scene, breaking barriers with influences from African rhythms, hip hop, film scores and rock; and Australian the multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd and his own brand of folk pop; instrumental rock from Madrid's Toundra will shake the Fòrum, as they present their fourth album, 'IV' (2015); Mi Capitán, a band from Barcelona led by Gonçal Planas and one of the pop rock revelations of the year; the eclectic Carlos Sadness, who will present his 'La idea salvaje'; and the completely inclassifiable but unmissable Seward, also from Barcelona, who are releasing pieces of their album 'Second Two: Chapter Home' monthly on Foehn Records.