Barcelona: Rock out to these music festivals this summer

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Barcelona music festivals
Barcelona offers many opportunities to rock out this summer. Photo: Regina W Bryan

If all the UNESCO World Heritage sights, foodie thrills, and pristine beaches are not reason enough to come to Spain this summer, here’s one more: music. And a whole lot of it. Check out these spring-summer festivals in Barcelona and beyond.

Primavera Sound
May 22-26, 2013

From the 22-26 of May this festival brings us Blur, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Phoenix, Dexys, Tame Impala, The Postal Service, Fiona Apple, Band of Horses, Deerhunter, My Bloody Valentine among others. This is a popular festival with Northern Europeans who come for a warm spring weekend of music. Held at the Parc del Forum on the beach, El Born is a good hood to stay in on the same metro line as the festival.

June 1, 2013

Rockers rejoice. Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Anthrax, Newsted, Avantasia, Ghost, Red Fang, October File and Voodoo Six make up the line-up for this all-day show on June 1st.

Music Festivals in SpainSonar
June 13-15, 2013

Barcelona’s electronic music festival returns this year from the 13-15 of June. Expect Jurassic 5,  Bat for Lashses, Kraftwerk, Lindstrøm, Pet Shop Boys and Two Door Cinema Club and more. The venu, Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet, is just outside Barcelona. Stay in Poble Sec near Pl. Espanya for easy access to the festival on the metro.

Bilbao BBK Live
July 11-13, 2013

Depeche Mode, Green Day, Kings of Leon, Fatboy Slim, The Hives, Benjamin Biolay, Charles Bradley, Fermín Muguruza, Editors, Two Door Cinema Club, Delorean, We Are Standard, Delorentos, Klaxons, Soulwax, Twin Shadow Fuel Fandango and others will make you move from July 11-13 in the Basque Country. A 3-day ticket with camping starts at 103.00 euros.

Arenal Sound
August 1-4, 2013

From the 1-4 of August head to the beach for The Kooks, Editors, The Drums, The Fratellis, Steve Aoki, The Zombie Kids, Delafé, White Lies, The Maccabees and Klaxons. Note that this festival offers camping and swimming in the Mediterranean. Not bad.

Have you been to another music festival in Spain? Tell us about your experience!

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Regina W Bryan

About the author: Regina W.Bryan is a Barcelona-based freelance writer and photographer. When not eating tapas and exploring Europe, she is tending her balcony veggie garden and practicing Catalan. For more of her thoughts on Spain, check: and

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