It would appear that the BAM festival (Barcelona Acció Musical), the music event that takes place during the Mercè festivities, has had a little makeover. The festival is now under the artistic direction of Carles Conesa, a man previously responsible for booking bands at Apolo and a promoter at Houston Party Records, and it’s his considerable music knowledge that’s in evidence in this year’s programme.
First notable inclusion on the bill is French outfit Herman Dune. The boys, David-Ivar Dune and Cosmic Neman, are fresh from releasing their 12th studio album, Strange Moosic, with a blue yeti and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm featuring in their latest video. Sadly they aren’t on tour with them. Next up is soul singer Aloe Blacc. If you haven’t heard single ‘I need a dollar’ then you must have been cut off from civilisation of late as it has enjoyed almost constant radio play.
Other acts to look out for include the Dominican Republic’s Rita Indiana whose blend of merengue, hip hop and house music should get the party going. Also of note are Philadelphia quintet Man Man and from the UK, Zomby, possibly the current king of dubstep. All in all, a pleasing and varied mix that should excite those who’d given up on the musical offerings at the Mercè.
September 22nd to 24th, 2011. www.bcn.cat/bam