Top Things to Do This Weekend in Barcelona
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).
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!
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.
The 48th annual April Fair is here! Don't miss this nine-day party that brings all the celebrations, music, dance and food from Seville to Barcelona's Parc del Fórum. It's a festival straight from Andalusia, but with a Catalan twist. You'll have free entry to some 100 tent spaces set up like little houses, where your senses will be wowed by flamenco dress, 'rebujito', fried fish and performances. You'll also have the chance to dance sevillanas and gobble up traditional Andalusian food. Bring the whole family, as there's also plenty to see and do for kids.
Alessandro Parlatore and Marcello Giordan got together in 2011 to form one of the freshest duos in the world of electronic music: Marvin & Guy. They made their debut with 'Let's Get Lost', then in 2015 they released 'Egoísta' with Barcelona label Hivern Discs, and more recently they hit it out of the park with hits like 'Notte' and 'Making Love'. Rounding out the day's line-up are Willow and Golden Bug in the Pati area; Baldo, Nølah, Ylia and Marian Aris in the Club; and Raxon, Shall Ocin and Iva in the Àtic.
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.
This market comes out of the idea of the American garage sale, yard sale, stoop sale, jumble sale or whatever they called it in your neighbourhood. Whether you're moving house, looking for an affordable gift, or just passing by and in the mood for a gander, stop by to check out second-hand clothes, accessories, household goods and furniture. 'We're not crazy, we're recycling!' shout the On the Garage gang. And they've been going strong since 2013.
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.
Popular Australian band Sticky Fingers bring their pop-reggae to Apolo's La  hall to present their fourth and latest album, 'Yours to Keep' (2019).
Two Market presents the GIVE'ME 5 market, where you'll be able to search for second-hand and vintage treasures and more in the areas of design, fashion, art, illustration, gardening and gastronomy. Another big draw is their outlet space. And here's the best bit: you won't pay more than €5 for anything!
France is the star of this edition of SoundEat with Breakbot & Irfane doing a DJ set that paints the dance floor red with filtered house and French touch. Along with them are Alan Braxe, an authority on French house and one of the biggest producers of the genres; and locals Decard and Guille de Juan (doing a b2b) as well as Barcelona's own Spacer. As always, the 'Eat' part of the day comes in the form of tasty options from the line-up of food trucks.
This French company sets up in Barcelona's famous Liceu opera house to offer five performances with some of the most outstanding choreographies by Jiří Kylián, a big name in contemporary dance. The music is by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Philip Glass and more. Santiago Serrate conducts the Liceu's own Symphony Orchestra, with featured pianist Véronique Werklé.
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.
Barcelona's Jardí Botànic (Botanic Gardens) celebrates the arrival of spring once again with 'Plànta't al Botànic!' Because this year's theme has to do with the sexuality of plants, you're invited to discover how plants reproduce. Throughout the day you'll find loads of activities for all ages, including workshops on planting and gardening, guided tours, lectures, live music and gymkhana, among many others.
The UK's Nicole Moudaber has an impeccable way of controlling house and techno beats that's propelled her to stardom. She makes hits with every mix she releases on the multiple labels she collaborates with, among them Drumcode, 8sided Dice, Kling Klong, Leena Music and Waveform. And she doesn't stop touring the world, playing in the best clubs around. She's also got her own lable, Mood Records.