Ron Sexsmith - Faraday
Ah, Vilanova i la Geltrú, with this music festival you are really spoiling us. If getting to hang out by the beach in the shadow of a lighthouse wasn’t enough, Faraday offers a full weekend of music for a bargain price (€60 for three days). With possibly the best location of any music festival in Europe, Faraday would be fun even without the bands.
On the Friday, The High Llamas and The Bluetones are joined by a formidable line-up of locals including Valencia’s lo-fi lovelies, Polock. Canada’s folk prince Ron Sexsmith and Barcelona’s own Standstill head the bill on the Saturday. Once the bands are done, DJs crank up the volume and you can shuffle your feet under the stars until the small hours.
This year, it’s well worth hanging around on the Sunday to catch John Grant. A late addition to the line-up, The Czars’ ex-frontman, produced one of THE albums of 2010, albeit with a little help from his friends Midlake. Head home with his bruised baritone and startlingly sad love songs ringing in your ears.
Faraday Festival 2011, July 1st to 3rd. Vilanova i la Geltrú