The music festivals in the villages of the Costa Brava, whose audiences are greatly augmented by Barcelona folk and tourists holidaying in this area of Catalonia, are by August nearing the end of their summer programme.
After the concerts by Bob Dylan, George Benson and Ben Harper, the Festival de Cap-Roig continues this A-list line up with performances by international artists and bands of the likes of Paul Anka (Thursday 2nd), James Morrison (Sunday 5th) and Simple Minds (Sunday 12th). Some of the indigenous artists still to come include the well-known flamenco dancer Joaquín Cortés (Saturday 4th), the pop singer Rosario (Wednesday 15th) and the revered singer-songwriter Miguel Poveda (Thursday 16th). More information: www.caproigfestival.com
Another classic festival in the area, the Castell de Peralada, also has some shows left to run after its first month of concerts. Gigs in August include Harry Connick Jr (Thursday 9th) and
the grand American diva Dionne Warwick (Saturday 11th). There is a double representation of the opera Don Giovanni, by Mozart (Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th). For enthusiasts of dance there is the flamenco of Sara Baras (Wednesday 8th) and the classical dance of the Barcelona Ballet of Ángel Corella (Saturday 18th), with special guest appearance by the Chinese dancer Chi Cao, star in the film Mao’s Last Dancer. And for fans of opera, not-to-be- missed is the tenor of the moment, Jonas Kaufmann (Wednesday 22nd).
More information: www.festivalperalada.com
The Festival de la Porta Ferrada, in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, is celebrating 50 years of events this year. Several well-known artists have already played in July such as Concha Buika, the Manhattan Transfer and Bobby McFerrin, and now it is the turn of some of the big names in popular Spanish music, such as Serrat & Sabina (Tuesday 7th) and Ana Belén (Wednesday 8th), some of the best groups in the latest wave of Catalan pop, such as Els Amics de
les Arts (Wednesday 15th) and Antònia Font (Friday 17th), the prestigious flamenco dance troupe Compañía de Antonio Gades (Saturday 25th) and the performance by the Symphony Orchestra of Israel under the direction of Zubin Mehta (Thursday 2nd).
More information: www.portaferrada.com
The Festival de Cadaqués has not yet passed the 50-year milestone, but is not far off. This year is now its 41st offering high- quality music both to local people, and to those attracted by local landscapes, such as the case of the genius Salvador Dalí. On this occasion the most renowned names are those of the musician and composer Jonathan Crayford (Saturday 4th), the saxophonist Maceo Parker (Saturday 25th) and the Japanese pianist Hisako Hiseki (Saturday 11th). The programme also includes a homage to John Cage (Wednesday 8th) not to mention gospel and classical music concerts.
More information: www.festivalcadaques.com