Fat Freddy's Drop - Cruïlla
It would be cruel of the sun not to shine on the Fòrum for Cruïlla.
Music festivals are always more fun when it’s not belting down with rain but Cruïlla’s 2011 line-up—a hotchpotch of hip-hop, reggae, folk and everything in-between—just plain demands good weather. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry in drizzle just wouldn’t be right.
Now in its seventh year, Cruïlla is a world away from the shoe-gazing and beard-rubbing of Primavera Sound or the chemically-enhanced gurning of Sónar. A two-day bonanza of music from across the globe and around the corner, this eclectic festival is strictly for happy folk high on nothing more than life.
Get there early on Friday 8th to see the madcap English beatboxer/comedian, Beardyman. His beard might not be much to write home about but his beatbox mash-up of a drum and bass rave and a London Tube commute is something else. What’s more, this boy can sing. Expect live, human beat-looping on stage, tunes from his new album and lots of improvised shenanigans.
Among those keeping Beardyman company on the Friday are the New Zealand dub and R’n’B outfit Fat Freddy’s Drop, reggae legends Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Max Romero, folk hero Iron and Wire and Mallorca’s Antònia Font while harmles surfing songster Jack Johnson (pictured) tops the bill.
On Saturday 9th, expect a riot when Public Enemy take the stage—if ever there was an anthem for Barcelona’s indignados, ‘Fight the Power’ has to be it. Joining them on the bill are Madness, Belgian art rockers dEUS, the Retribution Gospel Choir and the slightly-scary-but-silly skeletal rockabillies, Los Tiki Phantoms.
Two-day advance tickets cost €65 plus booking fee. For more info, head to www.cruillabarcelona.com. July 8th and 9th, Parc del Fòrum