Eclectic at its core, Cruïlla has emerged as one of the region’s most diverse festivals, offering a multi-genre mishmash of artists over three days in July. And whilst sharing the same setting as Primavera naturally sets it up for comparison, Cruïlla doesn’t seem that interested in competing with Primavera’s massive lineup. Instead, it prefers to go its own way with a smaller, yet similarly discerning schedule, which over the years has included the likes of Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Jack Johnson and Kendrick Lamar.
When it comes to variety, 2016 is no different, with broad-ranging acts such as Robert Plant, Crystal Fighters, Damien Rice, Fermin Muguruza, Alabama Shakes and Cat Power on the roster. To complement the soundtrack, there’ll be local food trucks to guarantee a good feed between shows, whilst massage, game and graffitti areas provide alternative, non-musical activities. However, one of the most unconventional elements has to be the inclusion of LED-adorned castellers—now you don’t get that at many music festivals.
Our tip: Cruïlla was one of the first festivals to introduce cashless technology and it’s worth requesting a pre-paid electronic bracelet beforehand to save carrying cash.
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