Mumford & Sons got their start in West London in 2007 by multi-instrumentalists Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane playing what was then called the new wave of English folk. In 2009 they released their first album, 'Sigh no More', which helped them make a name for themselves on the world pop scene. They're back with several Grammys on their shelves to present their fourth album, 'Delta' (2018).
On the feast day of Sant Jordi (St George), the patron saint of Catalonia, nearly every building bears the red and gold Catalan flag, while bakeries sell Sant Jordi bread streaked with red 'sobrassada' sausage pâté. Red roses decorate buidings and the city’s many statues and paintings of George in all his dragon-slaying glory. Men traditionally give women a rose tied to an ear of wheat, and women reciprocate with a book; this is also ‘the Day of the Book’. It accounts for an amazing 10 percent of Catalonia’s annual book sales, and street stalls and bookshops give good discounts.
As has become tradition, on Sant Jordi's Day (April 23), between 10am and 6pm, Barcelona's City Hall (Ajuntament) opens its doors to the general public. You can enter for free via C/Ciutat (the Gothic façade of the building).
This month, BIG welcomes Trent Pancy from Yes Finland and the Finland International Improv Festival. Triple Double features two acts: in Act I, a trio of Jeremie and Noah from BIG along with Trent performing Broken Chain, where they play dozens of characters, all linked to the others; in Act II, Trent performs a duo with each of the BIG players. There's never been a BIG show quite like this, and they're performing two back to back on Friday and Saturday. Don't miss it!
Barcelona's Passejada amb Barret (Stroll with a Hat) is a cultural event that invites everyone who wants to go for, you guessed it, a stroll, while wearing a hat. It's a traditional way to welcome spring and have a bit of fun. Organised by the Hat Association and Barcelona milliners Nina Pawlowsky and Cristina de Prada, the event was inspired by the American concept of the Easter Parade.
Celebrating both their 30th anniversary as a group and the release of their latest album, 'Extrapolaciones y dos preguntas' (2019), which features versions of some of their favourite songs of their own as well as covers of other artists' work, the electro pop duo of Alaska and Nacho Canut (known together as Fangoria) take the stage at Sant Jordi Club. Don't miss the opening acts: Ms Nina, King Jedet and Nancys Rubias.
Once again this year Barcelona is one of the first cities to host the World Press Photo, an exhibition where the winning photographs of the prestigious photojournalism prize are shown. Under the slogan #veureientendre ('see and understand'), the exhibition shows the winning photos from the international competition of the same name, most of which have never before been seen in Catalonia. For 15 years, the exhibition has offered an experience that goes beyond admiring the incredible images.
Calling all slam poets! All lovers of spoken word, poetry slams and poetry in general are invited to this monthly event of PoENtry Slam, where you let words play with emotions. The organisers are looking for people from around the world who want to perform poetry in English. You don't have to be a published poet, or even a poet, but if you like writing and live performance, join in. And as everybody wants to be a critic, you're all invited to participate as judges as well as enjoy the show.
Beer lovers, if you haven't been to the Fàbrica Moritz, get there for a great selection of beers as well as some good food. If you have, and you want to know more and do a bit of a tasting, this outing is for you. The experience includes a guided tour of the inner workings of the Fàbrica and a tasting of five varieties of beer. Discover where they made the first beer in Barcelona and where, more than 160 years later, they're still working at the art of brewing, 365 days a year.
Scientists and artists have plenty in common, including active imaginations and a nearly insatiable curiosity. Both, in some way, also share a common goal, which is to understand the mystery of life. This exhibition is structured as a dialogue among ten projects by artists who have spent time at CERN and nine laboratory research projects that report the history and current affairs of physics and quantum mechanics. At the entrance, a piece that defies the laws of traditional physics invites the public to leave all prejudices outside the room. This is a new way of understanding the world in which chance – which science has denied until recently – has a fundamental role, and simultaneity – that a phenomenon occurs at the same time in two time-spaces – is possible.
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Stand-up Comedy Live & Pumpage Network are hosting legendary Jim Gaffigan's Spanish Tour 2019. Gaffigan is one of the top stand-up comedians in the USA. His comedy is so good he was nominated for a Grammy. He has his own TV show and several Netflix specials. His tickets sell out everywhere – in 2014 he sold out New York's renowned Madison Square Garden – we're incredibly lucky to be getting him on stage in Barcelona. Don't miss out on this one-night-only show!