Move over Ibiza, Barcelona could just take its place in the spotlight this summer. Who says that the city should be known only for the famous works of Gaudí and its highly admired football team? Barcelona is on the way to becoming another epicentre for house music.
Most 20 year olds, like myself, make the annual trek to the ‘White Isle’, to catch their favourite DJs spin till the sun comes up. But I have some good news, you can save that €100 or so plane ticket money because events like the Barcelona Music Conference (BMC 2010) and Barcelona Summer Week suggest that the city is fast becoming THE place to be for electro fanatics. There are not one but two opportunities to throw some shapes this month; BMC 2010, is a two-day music festival at the FIRA Montjuïc and Summer Week is a mammoth, 5-day, seemingly endless beach party.
Putting in appearances at the BMC festival (August 6th to 7th), are world-famous DJs, Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Markus Schulz, Paul Van Dyk, Groove Armada and Eric Prydz to name but a few. Beaming lights, booming sound and an incredible energy will make for an unforgettable two nights as the city is transformed into a raver haven. If showing off your dance moves whilst sipping a mojito on the beach is more your cup of tea, then Summer Week (August 2th to 8th), is the one for you. This enormous party features some thirty clubs and over 100 DJs, with highlights including German electro-house duo Booka Shade and Italian DJ Misstress Barbara. Spread out over seven beaches the organisers are expecting around 50,000 seriously dedicated party people.
With world-class line-ups of turntable talent set to rock out the sound systems, August in Barcelona now postively spoils house music fans with an amazing amount of entertainment.
So could this be a turning point? Could Barcelona be trying to steal Ibiza’s crown? These two events certainly seem to prove that Barcelona is taking a major step into becoming a viable contender for the title of ‘Best Party Spot’ this summer. Who needs Ibiza?