BARCELONA Acció Musical, one of Barcelona’s best and most original musical events – albeit one that is largely unknown outside of Catalonia – returns to the Spanish city this September, with the 2018 edition promising to be bigger and better than ever.
Established back in 1993, the festival is held over four days, from September 21 – 24, at outdoor venues across the city and showcases a huge range of musical talents, including both emerging and established names hailing from Barcelona and far beyond, through a busy programme of free-to-attend concerts.
The event’s focus is on providing a platform for experimental and imaginative artists to display their talents in front of large crowds of music lovers. A wide range of genres including dance, electronics, indie rock and pop are all represented, ensuring there’s something to satisfy every musical taste.
Notable venues where you can catch concerts include Plaça del Rei, while more famous names perform outside the city’s famous Cathedral. For dance acts, head to the El Parc del Fòrum exhibition space on the outskirts of the city, or if you’re a fan of rumba you can catch the dance form at its very best at Portal de la Pau, near the Museu Marítim.
The musical extravaganza is also scheduled each year to coincide with the city’s La Mercè festivities, a week-long annual event in honour of the patron saint of the city, Our Lady of Mercy, and featuring dazzling fireworks displays, mapping projections, free concerts, street theatre, and a heap of activities for children, making this a wonderfully vibrant time to visit Barcelona.
To find out more about the official schedule of events for the 2018 edition of BAM, you can pop into one of the city’s tourist offices and ask for a programme.
Plan your trip
If you’re thinking of attending the 2018 edition of Barcelona Acció Musical, we’d recommend booking your flights and hotel now, as prices can often rise steeply when a major event takes place in the city. When it comes to accommodation, there are a huge number of options in Barcelona, ranging from budget guesthouses to boutique properties to ultra-luxurious five-star hotels. If you’d like to stay somewhere a little more intimate with plenty of character, you might want to check out the above article on the best boutique hotels in Barcelona.