For two consecutive nights at the Palau de la Música, American folk legend Joan Baez will be performing as part of the 16th Festival Mil·lenni. Baez began her career over 55 years ago, making her breakthrough at the Newport Folk Festival in 1959. With songs of political and social protest, the performance propelled her into the spotlight at a time when the civil rights movement in the United States was gaining momentum, and there was increasing hope that change was on the horizon. She became one of its prominent figures, striking up a friendship with Martin Luther King himself and singing alongside Bob Dylan at the 1963 march in Washington, as King delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Her position in the new counterculture continued well into the next decade, as she became a vocal opponent of the Vietnam war. To this day, Baez has continued to use her music as a form of protest, adding more causes, such as the environment and gay and lesbian rights, to her list. She has recorded 24 studio albums and, at the age of 74, shows little sign of slowing down, with unconfirmed rumours of new songs set for release this year.
Price: €18 – €72