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 

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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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Blissful Happiness with Mika & Molotov Jukebox

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Even though I didn’t know whether I’d be able to make it – a friend was supposed to come over -, I wrote the announcement of the Bona Nit Barcelona Festival, an eco-friendly festival that has taken place at El Poble Espanyol for the last three years. To be honest, I only knew the headliner of its line-up, MIKA, who I had wanted to see live for years, but for some reason or another I hadn’t. Before him, though, I saw quite a few acts, namely Acció, who were okayish; Brika, who was alright; Caloncho, who were entertaining; Molotov Jukebox, who were lots of fun; and MIKA, who made me cry of happiness, which is in fact an accomplishment for any artist who, with their performance, get to my most inner self. Gosh, Mika’s smile is infectious. Finally, even though there was a DJ session to round up the evening, I didn’t stay there for it.

The evening was looooooooong as it all started at around 7pm. Or, rather, much earlier than that: the people at Indiescretos had been told that there existed the possibility of interviewing Natalia Tena from Molotov Jukebox and maybe Mika. That meant extra pressure and, of course, prior preparation of the questions for the interviews. In the end, none of this happened (we were told Molotov Jukebox were tight on time before their performance and so we didn’t even ask about Mika). Oh well, the questions are there, who knows if I’ll be able to recycle them one day.

Curiously, I met quite a few friends from different contexts at El Poble Espanyol (yep, we are all social beings), so I spent a little time with each of them, finishing the night, though, almost front row with a group of teens, one of whom is a lovely and amazingly creative student of mine. That was tons of fun, as he was accompanied by some of his friends, one of whom was, believe it or not, the main source of inspo to write the part of the review on Molotov Jukebox, which you find here. Doubtless, I instantly became a fan of that girl who, with her happiness (pun intended), enthusiasm, spontaneity and humor could raise all the spirits around her, including, of course, mine.

A great night, prelude of a great summer, hopefully.

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