In just its third year, the Vida festival has already become a must on the summer festival calendar for anyone who loves live music and natural surroundings. You won't find long queues or big crowds, but you will find stages in cosy spaces like forests, seaside lighthouses, and even on a fishing boat (where past festival-goers got to see Father John Misty, Lana del Rey and The War on Drugs). The main space is on the land of La Masia d'en Cabanyes, an old farmhouse ('masia') on the outskirts of Vilanova i la Geltrú, and this year there are a total of five stages.
The 2016 line-up includes the return of Neil Hannon and his chamber pop band The Divine Comedy, who've got a new album out in 2016, six years after the previous release, 'Bang Goes the Knighthood' (2010). Also back are Crispian Mills and his Kula Shaker, kings of mid-'90s psychedelic pop that had everyone dancing with hits like 'Tattva', 'Hey Dude', 'Govinda' and 'Hush', and who are also out with a new album this year; the Americana of Wilco, the group led by Jeff Tweedy, who released their surprise album 'Star Wars' in 2015; Australian outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra, whose third album 'Multi-Love' (2015) is full of funk, contagious beats and happiness; the crazy electronic of Nic Offer and his !!! (Chk Chk Chk); Belgians 2ManyDJs; Norwegian project Lindstrøm; Irish folk pop band Villagers, fronted by Conor O'Brien, who came out with one of the best albums of 2015 with their 'Darling Arigthmetic'; and also from Belgium, Balthazar.
Music from Catalonia and the rest of Spain is represented by bands like Manel, Kiko Veneno, Triángulo de amor bizarro, Delorean, Doble Pletina, Niño de Elche, The New Raemon, Nacho Umbert, Joe Crepúsculo, Delorean and Za!, among others