The music festivals in Barcelona you can't miss this summer

Year after year, with the arrival of good weather, Barcelona is decked out to host major live music festivals and this year they will be marked by the return to normality after the pandemic.

DJ at Sónar Festival
The music festivals in Barcelona you can't miss this summer

Music festivals are back, stronger than ever, in Barcelona after two years of restrictions!

If there is a fact that characterizes the city is the amount of cultural activities that are held, distributed throughout the year and aimed at audiences of all ages: museums, theaters, concerts, festivals...

An attraction for both tourists and residents is the great variety of music that the city offers, as well as the opportunity to visit such emblematic places of the city as the Fòrum Park, with its characteristic photovoltaic pergola, or the Fira de Barcelona, which is located right between Plaza España and the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc.

In addition, summer in the city has always stood out for the wide range of internationally renowned festivals such as Primavera Sound, Sónar and Cruïlla, among many others.

Primavera Sound

The last edition held was in 2019 and now, two years later, the urban music festival returns to the Parc del Fòrum from June 2nd to 11th, celebrating its twentieth edition and with renowned artists such as Dua Lipa, Tame Impala, Gorillaz and The Strokes, among others.

Sónar 2022

After two years without being held in large format, the international festival of music, creativity and technology returns to Fira de Montjuïc and Fira Gran Via in Barcelona from June 16th to 18th and will bring together 117 performances on a dozen stages, highlighting the presence of The Chemical Brothers, C.Tangana, Nathy Peluso, among many others. In addition, on Friday June 3rd you can live a preview in the Barcelona subway, Rojuu will offer an exclusive and free concert at the Fira station of L9 Sud, at 8 pm.

  • Transportation recommendations to get there
The Fòrum Park, stage of major festivals / Photo: Visualhunt

Barcelona Rockfest

Rock lovers are in luck; after a two-year hiatus, the Barcelona Rockfest is back, from June 30th to July 2nd. For three days, fans of bands like Kiss, Megadeth and Manowar will be able to enjoy their music, among the nature of Can Zam Park, located between the Marina mountain range and the Besòs river.

  • How to get there: Metro (L1), Bus (V33) or Rodalies (R12, R2N)

Festival Cruïlla

After the previous edition became one of the first multitudinous events despite being marked by health restrictions, the Cruïlla Festival returns stronger than ever with four nights of uninterrupted music at the Fòrum Park.

The festival of music, arts and comedy presents a renowned line-up, with artists such as Duran Duran, Jack White or Rigoberta Bandini.

  • How to get there: Metro (L4), Bus (7, H16, V33), Tram (T4) or Rodalies (R1)

Share Festival

The fourth edition of the Share Festival will begin on July 9th with the performance of Anuel AA at the Palau Sant Jordi, one of the most famous venues in Olympic Barcelona.

The Festival will continue for three days, starting on July 15th, in its usual format at the Poble Espanyol, an open-air venue characterized by its full-scale replicas of 117 buildings from 15 autonomous communities.

Thus, 14 artists such as Oques grasses, Doctor Prats and Miki Núñez will be in charge of animating the nights at the venue.

  • How to get to Palau Sant Jordi: Metro (L1 , L3, L10), Bus (13, 55, 150), FGC, Funicular de Montjuïc or Hop on Hop off Barcelona (Red Route)
  • How to get to Poble Espanyol: Metro (L1, L3), Bus (13, 23, 150), FGC or Hop on Hop off Barcelona (Red Route)
All the great artists have performed at the Palau Sant Jordi/ Photo: Visualhunt
The noucentista style of the main façade, a characteristic feature of the building / Photo credit: Visualhunt
Plaza Mayor is a replica of the square in Riaza (Segovia) / Photo: Z S @kovacsz1 via Unsplash

Festival Jardins de Pedralbes

The festival, which will take place from June 7th to July 24th, reaches its tenth edition with a lineup featuring national and international artists such as Patti Smith, Juanes, Raphael and Crystal Fighters.

The series of concerts will be held in the gardens of the Pedralbes Palace, an estate of medieval origin that was acquired by the Güell family and was later transformed into a stately building. In addition, Antoni Gaudí was in charge of building the walls surrounding the space, as well as much of the gardens such as the Font d'Hèrcules.

Festivals that last all year round

Barcelona's musical offerings are not only concentrated in the summer months. The city also has festivals that take place throughout the year such as the Mil·lenni Festival and Guitar Fest Barcelona.

The twenty-third edition of the Mil·lenni Festival has taken place and will take place in privileged venues in Barcelona, such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Palau de la Música and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, as well as the well-known venues Razzmatazz, Apolo and BARTS, among others.

Among the artists who will perform at the different locations in Barcelona are Sidecars, DVICIO and Hombres G, who will be in charge of closing, in February 2023, the concert series at the Gran Teatro del Liceo, which stands out for being the oldest and most prestigious active theater in Barcelona.

In addition, the Guitar Fest concert series kicked off on January 28 with a concert by Ferran Palau at the Palau de la Música, one of the modernist jewels of the city of Barcelona, built between 1905 and 1908 by the architect Lluis Domènech i Montaner.

The Festival will feature 50 concerts in 13 symbolic venues in Barcelona, such as the Gran Teatro del Liceo, the Palau de la Música, the Sala Apolo, Teatro Tívoli, Razzmatazz, among others.

So, take advantage of the great cultural offer that Barcelona has to offer this summer and get around by public transport with your Hola Barcelona Travel Card!

After the fire at the Lyceum in 1994, the façade was the only element that remained intact / Photo: Jorge Fernández Salas via Unsplash
The Catalan modernist building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 / Photo: Fikri Rasyid @fikrirasyid via Unsplash