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Best Concerts In Barcelona, Spring 2016

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Updated: 13 January 2017
With a feast of culture contained within its walls it’s no wonder that Barcelona also stands as the Spanish capital for contemporary music. Not content playing host to some of the best festivals on the circuit, Barcelona’s various famed venues also host some of the best gigs on a weekly basis. Here we look at the best live music this coming Spring has to offer.
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Machine Head – Razzmatazz, 12 February

The Grammy-nominated thrash legends return to Barcelona for a career-spanning night to remember. Machine Head has a name strong enough to headline festivals, but this performance offers the rare chance to catch these mighty musicians in an intimate venue. Metalheads should not miss out.

Razzmatazz, Carrer de Pamplona 88, Barcelona, Spain +34 933 20 82 00

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Lang Lang – L’auditori De Barcelona, 24 February

On the other end of the spectrum, renowned star of contemporary piano, Lang Lang, performs with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for the first time. Featuring the best of Mozart and Beethoven, this promises to be a magical night for those with a love of classical.

L’auditori de Barcelona, Carrer de Lepant 150, Barcelona, Spain +34 932 47 93 00

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Eagles of Death Metal – Sala Apolo, 3 March

Good-time boys EODM have rescheduled their December Sala date after the horrific Paris attack that befell their show last November. Touring behind career highlight Zipper Down, Jesse Hughes and Co. are eager to spread love, music, and healing. A fantastic night for fans of good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.

Sala Apolo, Carrer Nou de la Rambla 113, Barcelona, Spain +34 934 41 40 01

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Tricky – Sala Apolo, 11 March

Trip-hop icon Tricky is a truly unique talent with many peers, but no equal. After getting his start with Massive Attack, Tricky earned a critical and commercial smash with his debut, Maxinquaye, in 1994 before spending the next twenty years realizing more uncompromising releases and collaborating with the likes of Beyonce and Grace Jones. His return to Europe is in support of the eagerly awaited Skilled Mechanics.

Sala Apolo, Carrer Nou de la Rambla 113, Barcelona, Spain +34 934 41 40 01

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James Bay – Razzmatazz, 12 March

One of the big success stories of 2015, James Bay’s gritty brand of singer-songwriter music has proven a real winner. His debut, Chaos and Calm, has served as a soundtrack to the year. Here’s a chance to catch the soulful performer raw and live.

Razzmatazz, Carrer de Pamplona 88, Barcelona, Spain +34 933 20 82 00

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Florence + The Machine – Palau Sant Jordi, 16 April

Florence and The Machine’s rise has been unstoppable. From East London sweatboxes to the world’s greatest stadiums, Flo and Co’s brand of anthemic alt-pop has proved a successful mix. Throw in the fact they’re one of the greatest acts to catch live and you’re promised a good time.

Palau Sant Jordi, +34 934 26 20 89

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Danny Elfman – L’auditori De Barcelona, 14/15 May

Frequent Tim Burton collaborator and Hollywood composing legend Danny Elfman has added magic to many of the most beloved films of the last thirty years. On these two dates he’ll be bringing the magic of the likes of Edward Scissorhands, Batman, and more to the stage.

L’auditori de Barcelona, Carrer de Lepant 150, Barcelona, Spain +34 932 47 93 00

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Lila Downs – BARTS, 21 May

For those who love performances to be more varied affairs, Lila Downs will be taking the stage at BARTS to perform the best in Mexican mariachi, pop, and world music. Often taking a socio-political slant, her gigs are bilingual treats that provide food for thought.

BARTS, Av. del Paraŀlel 62, Barcelona, Spain +34 933 24 84 94

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Adele – Palau Sant Jordi, 24-25 May

The biggest star on the planet arrives in Barcelona this May. Supporting her long-awaited and mega-selling album 25, Adele brings THAT voice and tales of love and loss to everyone keen to listen. The wait has been long enough; it’d be a mistake to miss this show.

Palau Sant Jordi, +34 934 26 20 89