Read on for our guide to the week's coolest events and most interesting venues. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events, nightlife, and whatever else Barcelona manages to think up before our next Hot List is published on Monday.
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are back in Barcelona for a concert to commemorate the 30th anniversary of 'The Joshua Tree' (1987), the Irish band's fifth album, which features hits such as 'With or Without You', 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' and 'Where the Streets Have No Name', which they'll present in its entirety. No 1 in the UK, Ireland and the USA (the first group to do it), the album sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and made the band superstars. Produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, the album's iconic art is a work by photographer and film-maker Anton Corbijn, who had just started making a name for himself at the time. Opening for U2 during the European part of the tour – so you'll get to see them in Barcelona – are Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
The Gran Teatre del Liceu is back at bringing opera to different spaces around Catalonia, the rest of the Iberian Peninsula, and new audiences with 'Liceu a la fresca'. After the success of previous screenings such as 'La Traviata' and 'La Bohème', this outdoor cinema version of opera is back with 'Il Trovatore', with a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano and Emanuele Bardare which is on at the Liceu currently. You can see the transmissions in various spaces around Barcelona: the Sant Martí civic centre, the Arc de Triomf, Plaça Savador Seguí and at the Sede del Distrito de Nou Barris.
A top representative of Latin American culture, Panamanian artist Rubén Blades, whose career has already spanned 50 years, stops in Barcelona on his farewell tour, 'Caminando, Adiós y Gracias', to bring a bit of salsa to the city. Blades takes the stage with Roberto Delgado & Orquestra, a band from Panama that's been with him for the last eight years and that's played some of the most prestigious venues in Latin America, the USA and Europe. Along with them, Blades recorded 'Son de Panamá', which was awarded the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album and the 2015 Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album.
On Saturday July 22, you can check out the 9th Meeting of the Sant Jaume de Barcelona Giants in Plaça de la Mercè and throughout the streets of the Barri Gòtic. Starting from 5.30pm, the giants are on display in Plaça de la Mercè, and at 6pm they start their parade through the Gothic Quarter. At 7.30pm they'll be ready to head back home, but first a little party with dancing, again in Plaça de la Mercè, and featuring the participating groups and your hosts, the Gegants de Sant Jaume.
Brooklyn-born artist Talib Kweli is a leader on the current rap scene. He knows how to satisfy a wide audience with his beats without sacrificing his social and political message. Kweli is in Barcelona during the Grec Festival to present his latest album, 'Fuck the Money' (2016).
For the first time, Barcelona plays host to the Extreme Sailing Series, considered the Formula 1 of sailing races. From July 20 to 23 the Mediterranean off the Barcelona coast is the setting for this competition that, in its 11th edition, crosses the waters of eight countries and three continents over ten months. For four days Barcelona is filled with free activities related to sailing open to everyone, and you can see the race from the city beaches. The show in the water features the hydro-foiling Flying Phantom Series, which compete every morning as part of the 2017 championships for the first time this year. The Village is where the public gets in for free, and you'll find it next to the W Hotel in Plaça Rosa dels Vents, and the course will be the same as the IMOCA 60 used when setting off for the Barcelona World Race. Spectators can follow all the action in the water from the Village or from the beach at Sant Sebastián, both with no entry fee.
Phyllida Lloyd. UK, 2008. VOSE. 108'.
Another sing-along session at Poble Espanyol, where you can join in with the on-screen songs (subtitles with the lyrics are provided) in a kind of large-scale karaoke event, and no one will look askance at you. 'Mamma Mia!' was, memorably, a mega-success on its release in 2008, with its Abba songs and trampolining Meryl Streep.
This coproduction from Sergi Ots and the companies Estampades and Impàs is based on a book with the same name by Anna Llenas. It's a show about resilience and the capacity to overcome adversity in which we will realize that the emptiness we sometimes feel inside us is part of us and makes us special and unique. The dance performance without words uses a poetic language of its own to show a world as intimate and intangible as that of emotions.
'Painting with Sound' is a talk organised by Harbour.Space University in collaboration with OneCoWork, and given by Joshua Davis, a visionary pioneer in the world of Interactive Design. Davis is known for creating visual installations through programming, mainly for events and concerts. He has participated in such large-scale projects such as stage design for Pharrel Williams and Taylor Swift at Super Bowl concerts. This lecture will dive into Davis’s work based on creating visual patterns with basic coding; using processing software to generate images, interactions and animations; creating interactive visual installations reacting to sound; and experimentation with new techniques.