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.


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.




Cruïlla 2018

Cruïlla 2018Though rather ill, I’ve attended the Cruïlla Festival. As with the Vida, this year’s Cruïlla’s line-up wasn’t anything out of this world, but it’s been a fun weekend anyway. What I’m quite pissed off about is about next year’s dates, as they overlap with Vida’s. WTF!

Read the reviews here: Friday, Saturday.

Cruïlla Complete Line-Up

Cruïlla 2018The Festival Cruïlla, one of my faves, has just announced its complete line-up, for which I’ve written this piece. In it, I couldn’t help but mention how disappointed I am not to see Florence + The Machine in the line-up, especially taking into account how high the price of this fest has risen up to. But I also appreciate acts of the likes of The Roots, Kygo, Blaumut and Ramon Mirabet, among others. Now it’s time to get down to listening to the other artists and see who I fall in love with this year.

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


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


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. 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

queen + adam lambert

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 

daughter (4)

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

PJ Harvey (47)

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 


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


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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Cruïlla 2016: No Sleep for Me This Time!

After having ended up knackered at last year’s Cruïlla, this year I had to give the best of me there, as I was attending the fest as a press member. This meant no sleep for me this time, at least not at the Forum. Nope!

cruilla-2016I started covering the Cruïlla event on Hipsterian Circus a bit “late”, as compared to some websites’ coverage, as I first had to finish the probation period, then suggest the topic, get the approval and then get down to it. Covering a festival, both the pre- and the while- is no easy task, as there are many goings-on related to it: new confirmations, playlists announcements, changes in the schedule… That also includes, of course, choosing the bands you think you are going to enjoy the most or you are most interested in – and if you are not, then make the effort to get to know them and go see them with an open mind. Finally, the fest itself, which means hours and hours of music and fun but also loads of energy spent to be attentive and getting the essence of what will end up being the backbone of the different gigs.

So here’s my coverage of the Cruïlla festival for Hipsterian Circus. First of all, the schedule announcement. As opposed to Primavera’s – and there being fewer stages -, I was happy to see that there were hardly any overlaps involving the bands that I was most excited to see. Of couse, you cannot say this in an article meant to be impartial or, rather, ‘general(isable)’, so I kept that to myself and wrote about how cool it is that Cruïlla offers a wide variety of styles and that their line-up has so many different ingredients that you can decide on your own menu depending on the mood you have on such or such other day. That is precisely what I ended up doing: my mental schedule kept on changing as the nights were advancing.

After this article, I realized that the fest was publishing a series of playlists in their social networks made either by the organization or by the very artists performing in the fest. In order to make up for my delay in the coverage of the fest, I summarized whatever lists they had published up to that day in this article. I kind of felt proud to have taken the initiative to write about something that, apparently uninteresting, could also offer some food for thought as to whether the platform used for such purpose was the most convenient one regarding collaboration/interaction from punters.

Then I wrote the item of news on the Cruïlla covers competition. Even though the news wasn’t that extraordinary, I believed I could give it a humorous touch that I myself would appreciate as a reader. Several other competitions were set up by the festival organizer, about which I wrote in this article.

Finally, the fest review, which appeared as a featured news item that week! As encouraged by my ‘bosses’ at Hipsterian, I did say what I thought from the bottom of my heart and so I included some humor and pseudoirrelevant comments to leave my personal mark in the article, unlike what you might find in reviews of regular newspapers. This being a festival review, I also covered logistics aspects, such as toilets, food trucks or stages location.

The thing is that, on the fest days, I ended up going to fewer gigs than I had planned in my mind but it was a very enjoyable experience anyway that I lived along with several friends. The gigs I enjoyed the most were, undoubtedly, Damien Rice, Alabama Shakes and Vetusta Morla (* fan girling mode on for this one *), which I believe shows in my review. Also, I wish I had had the energy to stay for Skunk Anansie, but it was too late at night. I must be getting old…

CruÏlla 2016 collage

I also took pictures of the performances with my compact camera, as we weren’t granted a photo pass. That means the quality of the pics is just acceptable. If only I could’ve got in with at least my hybrid cam. In spite of that, I’m a bit proud of some of the pics I took of Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes and of Pucho from Vetusta Morla. Oh my, those beautiful human beings!

See you next year, Cruïlla!