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Festival Cruïlla 2019

The favourite summer festival of Barcelona locals, Cruïlla, proudly waves the flag of eclecticism, and this year puts on its tenth edition from July 3 to 6 at the Parc del Fòrum with a line-up filled with performances of all types of trends and musical styles.

The festival added an extra day this year to kick things off with a star act. Back in Barcelona a decade after their last performances, it’s the Black Eyed Peas. Fergie’s not with the band, but you won’t want to miss the founding MCs, Will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and producer Taboo, authors of hits like ‘I Gotta Feeling’ and ‘Pump It’, as they present their first album in eight years. Opening for them is young Norwegian artist Aurora, making her debut in Spain with her mix of folk and electronica.

This year Cruce perform on Thursday the 4th in a day dedicated to urban sounds and young audiences. Also confirmed for Thursday are rappers Natos and Waor, Ayax and Prok from Granada, and Lildami, who is popular on the Catalan trap scene.

Rock is the star of the day on Friday the 5th, with bands like the UK’s Bastille, presenting their expert live show; and you can also catch the return of Scottish outfit Garbage, 13 years after their last visit to Barcelona. Shirley Manson and company are back with a show full of nostalgia, where their best-known album – ‘Version 2.0’ – will shine two decades after its initial release, and you’ll also get to know some new tracks off their upcoming 2019 release. Keep an eye out for the first concert in Barcelona in more than three years by Oxford-based five-piece band Foals, where you can discover new songs from their forthcoming fifth album; Vetusta Morla, one of Spanish rock’s top bands in recent years, also celebrating their tenth birthday; and the mix of alternative pop with classic folk from Xoel López. Other confirmed names include Gang of Youths from Australia, who’ve become better known after having gone on tour with Foo Fighters; France’s Zaz, presenting ‘Effet miroir’ (2018); Catalan classics Els Pets; Dublin singer Dermot Kennedy; Iseo & DodosSound, who are embassadors of reggae in Spain; and DJ Amable.

A more eclectic line-up features on the final day, Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue, who’s one of the headliners on Saturday. This is also Kylie’s first and only big concert in Spain she’ll give to present her latest album, ‘Golden’ (2018). Also taking the stage are British band Years & Years; soul artist Michael Kiwanuka; the Brazilian festival that is Seu Jorge, who’s coming along with his band to show off the power of samba; Jorge Drexler, who recently won two Latin Grammys for ‘Salvavidas de Hielo’ (2017); Parov Stelar, the creator of electro swing; Marcelo D2, a legendary figure in Brazilian music and activism; Malian singer Oumou Sangare; duo Elyella; epic riffs from Cala Vento; metaphysical pop from El Petit de Cal Eril; and two big local bands: Love of Lesbian celebrate Cruïlla’s tenth anniversary by growing their live act to include a trio of horns (sax, trumpet, trombone), percussion, vibraphone and steel guitar; and Dorian, who filled Razzmatazz to the limit to present their album ‘Justicia universal’ (2018) in their home town.

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Music by Bergman: Beirut

Beirut, the musical project led by Zach Condon, announce the return of its magical folk of Balkan reminiscences with epic sections of winds. After several years of silence and with No, No, No (4AD, 2015) as the last recording reference, the Santa Fe band will release in 2019 their fifth studio album Gallipoli (4AD, 2019). An album recorded between New York, Berlin and Puglia that presents, according to Zach himself, a more “extreme” approach to their sound making imperfections part of the songs. This friday in concert at Vida Festival.

Divus Julius presents: Marlon Williams

Love hurts and Marlon Williams knows it. After having experienced a breakup with Aldous Harding, the young New Zealand singer-songwriter could not avoid a broad palette of mixed feelings from taking over his second studio album, Make Way For Love (Dead Oceans, 2018). Desire, infidelity and lust, among others, converge in an album where Marlon speaks honestly about his relationship using both his mature and privileged voice -similar to crooners such as Leonard Coehn or Elvis Presley- and rock, folk or country. This friday at Vida Festival.

The muses of La Musa: Corine

Certain music is synonymous with France, from classic chanson to rebellious 60’s yé-yé, from “French Touch” electronic music, to the widescreen musical genius of Serge Gainsbourg. But it is the beautifully debauched world of 1970s French Boogie which Corine is resurrecting with her own brand of “erotic disco”. She looks every inch the authentic 70s diva with her distinctive shock of peroxide blonde hair, judicious use of eye shadow, and an extensive collection of jumpsuits. The name Corine is French prostitute slang for cocaine, and she dedicates her music to “the excess of the disco years, Le Palace, and its dancers who never grow tired”. Le Palace was a legendary Parisian nightclub on whose opening night in 1978 Grace Jones sang ‘La Vie en Rose’ from on top of a pink Harley Davidson, surrounded by shining roses and mountains of dry ice. Today in concert at Poble Espanyol.

Introducing…The Beths

Eat more fruit. Answer that message from the boy from the other night; honestly it might be worth it. Call your mum more often. And listen to The Beths. This is what the future “you” would say to today’s “you”, or at least to the next May’s “you” when you get to the Parc del Fòrum. The Beths are a band with a jazz formation who don’t mind getting dirty to make pop-punk with glow-worms. Because they are from New Zealand and although that seems far from everywhere, you will see how close it feels. And because that day in the future will come, when you realise that you wasted too much time not being happy because you didn’t listen to the right music. Believe us, you will thank yourself for having let the contagious light and vibe of The Beths into your life… and call your mum, for god’s sake.

The muses of La Musa: Aïsha Devi

Where am I? What is this? The future, the good life or Plato’s cave? No! It’s Aïsha Devi’s galaxy. This  producer performs sets where music is not the (only) protagonist. They are a spectacle, an experience. A mixture of extra-terrestrial sounds and philosophical-tantric visuals. The Swiss artist will present her most powerful non identified flying album to date: DNA Feelings. A journey that will take us all on a spaceship to the Devi mystical universe. After this abduction, you will never be the same again. We promise. Today at Primavera Sound.

Divus Julius presents…Tame Impala

Tame Impala is Kevin Parker –  the almost legendary messianic figure and creative soul who has developed the particular sonic universe of psychedelic pop cultivated with guitar pedals, delays, reverbs and liquid explosions of color. There’s no one like him in the current music scene. We were left in 2015 with Currents, Tame Impala’s third album which ventured further into the pop genre, and added dance beats and R&B that only served to underpin the enthronement of the Australian.

For his fourth album, Tame Impala remained true to his usual impenetrability and stands silent, but we have seen him parade through a number of collaborations: he has shared the studio with Mark Ronson and SZA, he has produced Lady Gaga and Travis Scott, Rihanna covered him on her latest album, he has remixed Mick Jagger and Miguel and has released songs with A$AP, Rocky, Theophilus London and ZHU. So what does all this mean? Well, we know what Tame Impala has been until now, but we haven’t a clue what will happen when he visits the festival again. And that can only be a good thing. Tonight at Primavera Sound.