Cruïlla Festival stakes its reputation on value for money – early tickets for 2016 went on sale in 2015 at just €45, more than a bargain for three nights of music. This year Cruïlla is on from July 8 to 10 in the Parc del Fòrum, and is one of Bacelona's top summer music festivals, with its programme full of prejudice-free eclectic music. Confirmed acts for this year demonstrate that. Headliners Alabama Shakes from the USA are disciples of Janis Joplin who bring back a classic soul and blues style, and have won the support of rock biggies including Jack White. Also on the line-up is one of the great singer-songwriters of our times, Irish musican Damien Rice, and you'll also be treated to Ana Tijoux, a new and strong voice out of Chile, who will blow away stereotypes and push the limits of hip hop.
Cruïlla also brings unexpected musical meetings, such as the coming together of Basque musician Fermin Muguruza and the New Orleans Basque Orkestra, which link the musical traditions of Euskadi and New Orleans in an unprecedented fusion of sounds playing Muguruza's repertoire.
Spanish musicians are well represented also, with big names such as Enrique Bunbury (from Aragon), who brings his electric live show full of hits including songs from his former band Héroes del Silencio; the epic sounds of Madrid's Vetusta Morla; Catalans Love of Lesbian, presenting their new album, 'El poeta Halley' (2016); 091, a legendary group from Granada who are back together to share the best of their collection of songs; and Zoo, a revelation of Valencian and Catalan music.
Cruïlla is also the world's first cashless festival, allowing attendees to pay for everything from food to merchandising using a PayPal account linked to a smart wristband.