guitar festival 25
One of the city’s most iconic festivals, the Guitar Festival Barcelona celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Over the last quarter of a century the festival has welcomed top local and international guitar players and bands and more recently the organisers have made a concerted effort to appeal to a young, urban audience with more indie and rock acts. In fact, much of the event’s pulling power lies in the wide range of genres that it showcases, from Spanish guitar to hard rock and just about everything in between.
Opening the festival on February 20th in Teatre BARTS is London-based indie band Fanfarlo, followed by Spanish singer Rosario who presents her new album in the Palau de la Música on March 5th. Other highlights of this year’s festival include UK old-timers The Stranglers on April 1st at Teatre BARTS, Spanish singer Luz Casal at the Palau de la Música on March 20th and UK-based group Crystal Fighters who will bring their unique brand of alternative guitar-based dance music to Sant Jordi Club on May 15th. Closing the festival on May 20th will be Argentine Andrés Calamaro at Razzmatazz.