The Best Concerts 2018 Gave Me

This has certainly been a crazy year, in which I’ve undergone a job promotion (and its corresponding prior public contest), I’ve started living with perhaps the best person I could ever share my life with, I’ve quit the language school I had been 13 years working for,  I’ve visited the Azores (among other places) and Porto (twice!) and I’ve been to concerts. Fewer than I would’ve wanted to. As usual, not all the ones I’ve been to I’ve written about. Days have 24 hours as they used to, yes, but life changes. So do one’s habits. And one’s priorities. And one’s plans for the (near) future. If this year the number of concerts has decreased considerably as compared to last year’s, this number will decrease even more with my leaving for the US in a research stay from Feb to May, and perhaps with one more stay in Chile (yet to be confirmed). What is certain is that my love of (live) music will never disappear even if the circumstances don’t allow me to go there and cry and shiver and feel moved with it. Without further ado, and in chronological order, here is my top of concerts 2018 gave me.

1. Roger Waters – 14/4/18, Palau Sant Jordi. 

If you keep on talking about a show for two months, it’s because that show was forking amazeballs.

2. Editors – 26/4/18, Razzmatazz

Tom Smith stole my heart the first time I saw him live. He did it again last April.

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3. Vetusta Morla – 18/5/18, Palau Sant Jordi.

Pucho is the friggin’ boss on stage. There’s no denying.

Vetusta Morla Palau Sant Jordi 2018

4. Jane Birkin – 2/6/18, Primavera Sound

Not knowing any of one’s songs but one and getting to be moved by her elegance, savoir faire and voice is what Jane Birkin got to do to me last June. Her daughter was fantastic, but the original genes won over the derivates this time.

5. Lorde – 2/6/18, Primavera Sound

Seeing a true artist grow on stage is a privilege. Seeing Lorde own it is priceless.

6. Joan Dausà – 13/7/18, Cruïlla

Not sure if I was pmed or what, but Joan Dausà made me cry at 6pm in the sunshine. Take that.

7. Ramon Mirabet – 14/4/18, Cruïlla

Learning about Mirabet’s life makes you understand even better that what he does on stage is just him and nothing else.  (vídeo d’un altre concert)

8. The Soft Moon – 13/10/18, Apolo 2.

Needing so badly to see someone banging drums and whatever he has nearby can’t be a good sign, but that’s what I needed and that’s what I found.

The Soft Moon

9. Marlango – 28/11/18, Sala BARTS. 

That I love Leonor Watling is no secret, and that she’s the reason why I think that a good vocalist does the trick in certain bands goes without saying. And of course, you need that one song, ‘Dime que llegaremos lejos’ that makes you go and see them for the third time in your life and never have enough.

 

 

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The Best Concerts 2016 Gave Me

According to my records, I’ve attended 73 concerts this year, including those in festivals. As I always say, if I ever go to a concert, it’s to be thrilled, to be moved, to feel something. Mind that I haven’t written about all of these 73 and some of them I have, but elsewhere. So… what follows is nothing but the list of those concerts that have meant something to me on that day, for whatever reason. There I go, and in chronological order…

1. Florence + The Machine – 17/4/16, Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid 

That concert meant meeting Mané López for the first time (it seems as if it had happened so long ago!)  and not having to write about it for any mag, unlike what I did for the same gig in Barcelona. Though I did write about it anyway. It was too good to let it escape. I had a  whale of a time despite the fact that the concert was pretty much the same as the one in Barcelona. Oh well…

2. Marlango – 24/4/16, Sala BARTS, Barcelona

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When I grow up, I just wanna be like Leonor Watling. Period. And this.

3. The Lazy Lies & Indigos – 21/5/16, Sala BeGood, Barcelona

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That eve was pretty emotional, as for the first time, I met Malou Bustos, former TLL manager, with whom I had been talking now and then for ages on Twitter. I also met Iván Gil, the photographer who invited me to a Coke before the gig (I still owe you!) to get to know each other and later on became my friend. Way.to.go. It all made me enjoy the concerts in a very special mood. As for the gigs, I was gladly surprised about the quality of both bands, them being rather unknown. Who would’ve thought as well that would be the starting point for so many connections. It’s a small world, indeed. And yes, I also wrote about both performances.

4. Queen + Adam Lambert – 22/5/16, Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona

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Yeah, Adam Lambert is not Freddie Mercury. But I arrived late at the party. Better late than never, though. (more)

5. Coldplay – 26/5/16, Estadi Olímpic de Barcelona

A helluva show. Something like this.

6. Daughter- 2/6/16, Parc del Fòrum, Primavera Sound 

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If someone makes you cry with the beauty of their performance, what else can you ask for?

7. PJ Harvey – 4/6/16, Parc del Fòrum, Primavera Sound

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Having no idea what she’s in for and ending up totally mesmerized. That’s the PJ Harvey effect.

8. Mika – 11/6/16, Poble Espanyol, Barcelona 

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Nothing but fun. And joy. And friendship. And bliss. And this.

9. Ramon Mirabet & Alabama Shakes, Cruïlla, Parc del Fòrum 

CruÏlla 2016 collage

I would’ve liked to add Damien Rice too but he moved me more at PS2015. In any case, from Cruïlla 2016, the highlights were: Alabama Shakes, who were outstanding, and Ramon Mirabet, undoubtedly a promise of the present Catalan music scene.

10. Whitney – 23/10/16, Sala Apolo, Barcelona

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If their album is one of my faves this year, their performance did nothing but confirm that they are great.

11. Placebo – 19/11/16, Sportpaleis, Antwerp

If one of your fave bands isn’t coming to town, you gotta go after them to celebrate their 20th anniversary comme il faut.

Bring it on for more concerts, 2017!

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Marlango à la Carte

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When I saw that Marlango were finally coming to Barcelona, I thought it would be a great opportunity to suggest attending this event and write its review for Indiescretos, as I had only contributed to ‘the cause’ with just one review back then. I’ve always liked Marlango – I actually saw them live at El Liceu a few years ago. In addition, I’ve always had a thing for Leonor Watling, who I find extremely beautiful and charming. One of those life goals to aim at. So, I could enjoy my first concert as a press ‘member’ on April 24, having written the gig announcement of one of the Spanish bands with better taste at the moment. I was together with Indiescretos’ director and photographer Adrián Romero Hernández, who added a subtitle to my article and illustrated it with great shots .