Silvia Perez - Mas i Mas
It simply wouldn’t be August if we didn’t give a small mention to the Festival Mas i Mas. We weren’t going to but you can’t really ignore it, thanks in no small part to the fact that there is little else on.
Most people accept that their usual desire for culture wanes slightly in the heat and can happily replace it with a nice lie down in August, so they leisurely stroll to the nearest beach and indulge in a heat-induced coma for a month. But the Mas i Mas group bargained on there being a substantial portion of the population who didn’t appreciate the drought in things to do. So alongside their trusty sponsor, San Miguel, they’ve been answering those people’s wishes since 2003.
Two main points you need to know about the festival. Firstly, it is long. Every day of August has something scheduled. Secondly, they cater for a wide-range in musical tastes. Mas i Mas manages to provide for jazz fans, techno fans, flamenco fans, classical fans and groove fans.
It is also useful to know that some of the acts play more than once, putting in regular appearances throughout the festival. Even more note worthy is that they’ve bagged some of the nicest venues in town. Even if you aren’t mad keen on classical symphonies, hearing one on the terrace of the Pedrera surely appeals. Also a large number of the artists perform three concerts a night so if you miss one, you can always catch them later.
The programme is a sizeable thing but it is worth printing out and keeping in your beach bag in case you suddenly feel the urge to listen to some live music instead of that carefully crafted summer playlist on your i-Pod.
Festival Mas i Mas
July 29th to September 1st
Various venues. www.masimas.com