Check out some of the best music festivals going down over in Spain’s most popular tourist destination, sunny Barcelona.
Last updated: 2nd Feb 2022
We’re counting down the days until festival season, and we’re sure you are too. Live music, booze, abandoning your responsibilities to have a great time and a prominent sense of unity from the crowd - what’s not to love?
If you can’t get enough of music festivals, you’ve probably wondered what unmissable fests are going down outside the UK, which landed you here on this blog. And if you have a baseline knowledge of music festivals, you’ll know Spain is famous for having some of the best in the world.
But what about Barcelona specifically? It probably won’t surprise you at all to hear there are plenty of brilliant festivals in this beautiful, bustling city. With around 2,524 hours of sun a year, museums, art galleries, fresh seafood, gorgeous beaches, and an overall artsy, creative vibe, Barcelona might be the best city to attend a festival in.
So let’s get straight into it. Here are the best music festivals in Barcelona.
PrimaveraSound is one of the biggest festivals in the world and seems to be growing more and more each year. Known for booking the hottest talent and throwing genre out the window, Primavera sets the bar incredibly high for other major festivals.
Every year, Primavera wows the world with packed lineups that never miss. This year will be no different with an expanded lineup stretching across two weekends, each day filled with legendary artists as well as newbies to keep an eye on. With hip hop, pop, rock, experimental, electronic, RnB, and beyond, Primavera Sound is a great shout for 2022.
Find tickets for Primavera Sound Barcelona 2022 - here
Sonar Festival is known for pushing experimental electronic music, but that doesn't stop the team behind it from booking great hip hop, dance, house, techno, and other genres, too. The fest has other editions in Reykjavik, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Istanbul and Hong Kong, but the sunny Barcelona edition is where it all began.
Beyond live music, ticketholders can enjoy technology conferences, a week of parties, business and networking opportunities, art installations, exhibitions, film screenings, debates and more. It’s the perfect weekend filled with music, art, technology and creative activities.
After two years off, one of Spain’s biggest dance music festivals is back and is ready to blow your mind with wild stage designs, over-the-top pyro, and a star-studded lineup. No artists have been confirmed yet, but we know the team behind BBF will choose the hottest artists as they always do.
With 2019’s lineup including David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Steve Aoki, DJ Snake and more, we know 2022’s will be brilliant. And what better place for a huge dance music festival than the lovely Platja del Fòrum beach? With sand in your toes and music vibrating through your bones, you know you’re in for an unforgettable festival.
This three-day rock, classic rock, heavy metal, and punk bash should be on any heavy music fan's watchlist. Rock Fest gives the unique opportunity to catch some legends of each scene under the glistening Spanish sun in the stunning Parc de Can Zam.
Rock Fest also features a signing tent for punters to take pictures, get autographs, and meet their favourite bands (as long as they aren’t uber-famous). And reasonably priced food trucks are dotted around the site as well as bars with cheap (compared to UK prices) alcohol. Sounds good to us!
Landing in the same venue as Primavera Sound, Cruïlla Barcelona isn’t just about enjoying the music of the most well-known artists in the world. It also sheds light on smaller, upcoming artists, both local and international, including Balkan Paradise Orchestra and Elefantes.
With plenty of great festivals to choose from, each celebrating different genres and with their own unique vibes, Barcelona is a fantastic city to spend festival season in. So what will it be? Will you be moshing at Rock Fest or raving at BBF? Or will you go big and splash out on Primavera, one of the biggest festivals in the world. Whichever you choose, we know you’ll have the time of your life. So slap on some sun cream and get ready for some cracking live music.
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.