With summer inching ever-closer, it’s time to start thinking about festivals!
Few cities do festive frolics quite like Barcelona. From exciting globally-renowned events to mind-blowing local street parties, there are so many festivals to look forward to in 2022.
Here are five of the best.
You might have to sell all your earthly possessions to get hold of a ticket. But come headline time, as the basslines vibrate through your entire body and your favourite band transports you to another time and place, it’ll be totally worth it.
Ah, yes… Primavera Sound. With a lineup that includes Dua Lipa, Tame Impala, The Strokes, Massive Attack and The National it’s set to stun your senses and deliver some memorable moments. It runs over two weekends from June 2–12. Get there, by hook or by crook.
One of the most important electronic music festivals in Europe is back. With a full program of master beat makers and boundary-pushing global superstar DJs playing from dusk till dawn, this year’s Sónar promises to be unmissable.
Sónar drops on Thursday, June 16 and runs through to the early hours of Sunday morning. Following a two-year hiatus, it’s going to be a serious party – make sure you’re there to experience it.
Did you know that Catalans like explodey things? Like, quite a lot. Seriously, if you’re a fan of 4th of July in the US, Bonfire Night in the UK or any other firework festival in the world, this might just beat the lot.
A festival to celebrate the longest day of the year, known as the ‘summer solstice’ to us hippies in the room, Sant Joan is your gateway to the long hot summer in Barcelona. Expect enormous blazing bonfires on street intersections, endless fireworks and dancing till dawn. The place to be? Head to the hills for breathtaking views or the beach to be in among the craziness… your choice.
During the weekend of September 23–26, Barcelona’s La Mercè festival will see the whole city celebrate its patron saint, the Mare de Déu de la Mercè (the Virgin Mary). While it’s a religious festival that’s rooted in centuries old traditions, the modern La Mercè is renowned as the party weekend of the year.
From castellers and correfocs (human towers and fire runs) to massive neighbourhood barbecues, street performers and music concerts, it’s a full-on festive celebration of all things Catalan. If you’re new to Barcelona, there’s no better way to get yourself acquainted with this mesmerising city.
Okay, so it’s not in Barcelona city. But it’s quite possibly the best horror festival in the world and it’s practically on your doorstep. If you’re a fan of skin-crawling chillers, scream-inducing thrillers and downright $h¡t your pants scary horrors, then the Sitges Film Festival is the place to be.
Running from October 6–16, it promises to be ten days of terror like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Even if you get one ticket, it’s worth it – if only to rub shoulder with big name directors (Guillermo del Toro was the host in 2020) and to discover the next big thing in horror.