BAM (Barcelona Acció Musical) has always been a mixed bag of musical pleasures and this year proves no different. Sitting proudly alongside La Mercè, BAM is Barcelona’s last big musical blowout of the summer, so frankly who cares if you don’t know or like all the bands?
The old Fàbrica Damm building on Rosselló is the main venue and for three nights, the music is live and most importantly, free. As ever, BAM give plenty of stage time to local acts but they have one or two international aces up their sleeve too.
Most likely to cause excitement are Belle and Sebastian. The Brits might not have shown the band much love but my word the Catalans have. Expect a lot of geeky glasses down the front for these Glaswegian purveyors of quirky, jingly-jangly indie, who return to headline BAM after a long hiatus from touring.
Also heading over from the rainy isle is the ice queen herself, (Alison) Goldfrapp, who’s gone all Eighties synth-pop of late. If you haven’t danced to her recent single ‘Rocket’ at a wedding disco yet, you’ll get the chance at BAM.
Speaking of busting a few moves, the kings of Youtube—OK Go, are on the line-up too. If you don’t recognise their hummable harmonies or head-nodding indie rock, you might know their hilariously choreographed treadmill video which has racked up three million hits and counting: if only the gym was actually that much fun.
For hip hop lovers, Anti-pop Consortium are back and fans of post-prog might like Toundra from Madrid; a band with all the power of early Billy Mahonie or Mogwai. Equally if not more experimental is Hyperpotamus, a one-man musical laboratory who shares the stage with nothing more than a collection of mikes and a loop pedal. Check out his cover of the Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ online.
For full details of the line-ups and venues for each night, go to BAM’s website at: www.bcn.es/bam/2010