That’s right, many of the world’s best electronic music DJs regularly play in the Catalan capital, and the music culture is one of the best you will find in Europe. There are a number of well-respected nightclubs such as Razzmatazz or Moog, and of course then there’s also the world-famous Sónar Music Festival, one of the largest electronic festivals worldwide. This leaves no doubt that Barcelona knows how to put on a party and the Barcelona Beach Festival is part of a wider family of quality music experiences.
While there is always a party going on somewhere in Barcelona, the Barcelona Beach Festival is one of the only of its kind to take place on the beaches of inner city Barcelona. While there are other, smaller concerts and events organised on the beach throughout the summer, the BBF tops them all in terms of size and quality of the DJs performing. While only in its third edition, the festival has rapidly gathered momentum and attracts both a local and international crowd of devoted electronic music lovers.
Voted number one DJ worldwide by DJ Mag five years in a row, headline act Armin van Buuren is one of the most talked about House and Trance DJs of the moment. He will be joined on the evening by fellow Dutch DJ Hardwell, a rising star of the EDM stage, as well as Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Kygo. Suffice to say that these are some of the hottest names in the world of house, dance, trance and EDM today.
This means you don’t have to worry about long taxi rides to and from the festival or being stranded in a suburban wasteland. The festival takes place on the Forum Beach, located just besides the city’s up-and-coming Poblenou neighbourhood. A former industrial district, today the warehouses are being converted into trendy studio apartments and micro-breweries, and coffeehouses have started to pop up on every corner. So when you need a break from all the partying, you’ll be within close walking distance to one of the coolest parts of town.
If you’re worried about breaking the bank, then bear in mind that Barcelona remains a relatively cheap place to go out and have fun compared to other major European cities such as London or Paris. While the festival takes place during the summer, which means accommodation will be more expensive than during the rest of the year, the cost of food and drink will still be reasonable. Escape the main tourist areas and you can expect to pay around €2 for a beer in a bar, €2 for a coffee and around €4 for a freshly made sandwich.
As if it really needed pointing out, but to this day Barcelona remains one of the coolest cities in Europe, combining world-famous architecture and art with a rich culinary culture and hip urban edge. The Catalan capital is a city that knows how to constantly reinvent itself . While the old town and other major tourist sites have somewhat suffered as a result of their own popularity in recent years, there has been a veritable revival of certain areas such as the Raval or Poble-Sec neighbourhoods. There’s so much to see and do in this city that you barely need an excuse to visit.
📍 The Barcelona Beach Festival will take place on Saturday July 15, 2017 at the Forùm Beach by Poblenou.