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While some summer festivals have left the city, there are others like Cruïlla, which are growing strong. Last year's one-day September splendour grew into a 2-day blend of local, national and international acts. Held at the Fòrum in the height of summer.
With the program came variety and vibe. Xavier Rudd from Australia kicked of early, entertaining with his three didgeridoos and usual heart-felt charm. Playing to a small but energetic amount of revellers that had arrived early enough to enjoy. On the smallest and probably least visited SOL MUSICA stage was an early treat by the Barcelonese, Los Seis Dias. A stage show not to be missed was German-born, Italian singer/songwriter Vinicio Capossela. Him and his theatrical counterparts entertained with masks, fancy dress, firecrackers, nudity and crowd-pleasing antics.
The main stage saw a strong set by local Spanish indie-rock outfit, Love of Lesbian. Shortly followed on the second stage by entertainment that stayed with-in the region of Cataluña. Another crowd pleaser for all watching, whether from here or afar was Albert Pla and Los Sujetadores. Pla was the obvious ringleader with his energetic and expressive efforts.
The biggest crowd puller for the day was headliner Ben Harper and Relentless7 who say a main stage and its surrounding seated areas filled to the brim with dedicated fans. Harpers quartet rocked out strong with Harper not failing to impress.
The Wailers mix of old classics and new editions brought reggae to the Clap stage and festival. A mix of original band members and new artists keep the Marley vibe alive.
Macaco maintained the local presence, playing here on home soil to their strong Barcelonian fan base. Songs sung in a myriad of languages including Catalan, Spanish and English amongst others were complimented well by the colourful projected backdrop.
One of my favourites of the night had to be Femi Kuti and The Positive Force, who couldn’t have been more positive or energetic if they tried. A stage bursting with colour, instruments, people and sounds of afro-beat bellowing out into the night.
Day Two unfortunately wasn’t an option for me but from what I heard the vibe kicked on. A great option provided by festival organisers was the option to purchase individual day passes as opposed to a two-day pass. Cruïlla definitely gets a thumbs up from me, here’s looking forward to next years line-up and a follow on from this years positive success.
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