Many Barcelona folk choose to spend summer on the Costa Brava, thanks to its idyllic beaches and wonderful seafood. The coastal villages and those of the surrounding Empordà area make a real effort to offer visitors wonderful music festivals in July and August. Here we feature a selection of the artists who are playing this year in this beautiful Catalan coast.
The CAP-ROIG FESTIVAL is held in Calella de Palafrugell, and has a surprisingly good line-up this year: Paul Anka (2/8), James Morrison (5/8) and Simple Minds (12/8) are its principle international names.
More information: www.caproigfestival.com
FESTIVAL CASTELL DE PERALADA is another classic event that is known for second-to- none artistic quality. This festival is not just about music, there will also be opera and dance. Shows will be held in the grounds of the spectacular castle, which is also home to the area’s casino, and this year Harry Connick Jr (9/8) and that great American diva Dionne Warwick (11/8) will all be performing. There will be a double performance of the opera Don Giovanni, by Mozart (3 and 5/8), by Verdi. Dance will be varied, with the flamenco of Sara Baras and the more classical Barcelona Ballet from Ángel Corella.
More information: www.festivalperalada.com
THE FESTIVAL DE LA PORTA FERRADA, in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, is another classic in the area that has been going strong for 50 years. The main acts in this anniversary year are Concha Buika, Jill Scott, Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull , Stewart Copeland and Stanley Clarke Band, The Manhattan Transfer (25/7) and Bobby McFerrin (26/7).
More information: www.portaferrada.com
THE FESTIVAL DE CADAQUÉS is not 50 years old but it is not far off. This year is its 41st offering quality music both to residents and to those who have come from further afield to appreciate its landscapes, as was the case of Salvador Dalí. This year the better- known acts are saxophonist Maceo Parker and the Japanese pianist Hisako Hiseki. The Espejos rotos programme includes a homage to John Cage.
More information: www.festivalcadaques.com
There are also many festivals around this time in Roses: SONIDOS DEL MUNDO, www.sonsdelmon.cat; Calonge: INTERLUDI, www.festivalscalonge.net and L’Escala: PORTALBLAU, www.portalblau.cat, which are all highly recommended for their musical programme and fringe events, although bear in mind that shows are largely given by local groups and artists.