200 Years of the Gracia Festival!

We love Gracia!

Summer in Barcelona means attending more parties than you can shake a stick at, but no doubt one of the biggest and most impressive is the Fiesta Major de Gracia. Every Barcelona barrio has a street party to celebrate the local culture and businesses and provide an opportunity to get smashed, but the Gracia festival from the 15th – 21st of August every year is an eagerly anticipated event that will see 1.5 million people heading up to the spectacular streets. Already well-known for its artistic displays and bohemian style, many of the district’s streets themselves are transformed by locals and local businesses into creative and original displays and themes, with a prize awarded on Wednesday evening for the most impressive.

Most of the placas in the neighbourhood have built stages ready for musical performances, with local artists and dancers showing off their stuff into the small hours of the morning. The old traditions of the region are preserved here too, with performances of castellers (human pyramids), drum parades and corre focs (fire runs). This is a family friendly event too, with events also being held to get the kids involved. This year will be a particular treat as it marks the 200th anniversary of the fiesta, and 120 years since Gracia was incorporated into the city of Barcelona itself, so be sure not to miss it.

Programmes with full details of the events of the week are available around the district for a €1 that include a map of the hotspots and events that will surely be an unforgettable experience like no other. A map of the barrio can be found here.

Tottie talks to Yukimi Nagano at Sónar Festival 2017

Yukimi Nagano

Little Dragon are no strangers to Sonar Festival. Having previously performed twice at Sonar by Day, this year 125,000 festival-goers would get the chance to see their unique and undeniable style of electronic pop at Sonar by Night and for many of us it would be the first time seeing them perform their fifth studio album ‘Season High’ released earlier this year.

Friday night DJ and presenter on Track Family Radio, Tottie, caught up with Yukimi Nagano right before their performance to talk about her personal experiences working in electronic music. “I have always had a lot of support with the guys and the band, it’s definitely harder going it alone as a woman in the industry.We also find out how she prepares for live shows and her top 3 female artists of all time.

Her advice to girls trying to break it into the music industry, “Dont be intimidated by anyone, the sky’s the limit“. So on that solid piece of advise, get out there and show them who’s boss ladies.

This year Barcelona City FM presenters D.N.S & Tottie reported at Sonar Festival on a topic very close to their hearts; bridging the gender gap in electronic music and tech culture and talking exclusively to female artists performing at Sonar Festival 2017 – #WomenInSonar2017.

Catch up on all the interviews on the Barcelona City FM Facebook page and YouTube channel featuring some of the fantastic female artists who performed at Sonar Festival and Sonar+D this year.

 

 

 

Beach Vibes to the Dance Floor

About dj Dan Mckie

Continuing our countdown to next Friday night, here is a little profile about one of the dj’s that is going to be playing hard to give you the best time.

Dan Mckie comes to show his passion for electronic music on an unique and talented way, pursuing to make the “partiers” have the best time while they’re on the dance floor.

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Count Down to Friday

In 3, 2, 1.

Hard workers also deserve to be hard players.

While the week goes on, we keep working to get you  to give you some good time and entertainment.

Next Friday, Barcelona City FM presents a night of only the best quality house music mixing the best of the old with the very best of the new.

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Dan McKie is an eccentric, approachable and talented producer who manages to share his passion for electronica on the dance floor and in the ears of the iPhone generation with his unique/energetic blend of DJ sets.

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Since moving to Barcelona 14 years ago, Mark has worked with many of Spain’s coolest electronic music brands such as Blanco y Negro Records (some A&R projects with Vendetta Records), Loca FM (Broadcaster) & Pacha Sitges playing regularly at the first ever Pacha in the world for 5 years.

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Want to know more about these dj’s? Stay connected to http://blog.barcelonacityfm.com/.

Confirm your presence on Barcelona City FM presents on Facebook.

When: Friday, Aug 11, at 11 p.m.

Where: Garage 442 – Avda. Diagonal, 442, C.P.: 08037.

 

What a Freak Week

Sponsor: Underlucky Stars

According to a research made in the Loma Linda University, in Califórnia (USA), laughing is healthy.

Besides being such a good habit, laughing may reduce the risk of heart disease, upgrade the levels of good cholesterol in the blood, clean your lungs, improve the digestion, and strengthen the immune system!

So, do you need a pick up, needing some motivation?

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How closely do you match your star sign?

Working together with www.underluckystars.com we met some Barcelona Celebrities to discover how close to their star sign their personalities really are.

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D.N.S Talks to Jlin at Sónar Festival 2017

Jlin

Without a doubt one of the most exciting, innovative electronic music producers and live artist’ gripping the underground electronic music circuit the moment, Jlin cannot be defined by music genre or how danceable her productions are. The raw energy from her live set on the SonarLab stage at Sónar by Night on Friday this year was mind blowing. An injection of sonic soundscapes lifted a room full of Sónar’s more perceptive minds.

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Nathan Quinn : Sunday’s from 3pm

Mixologist * MC * Producer

Drawing from more than twenty years of experience, Nathan pilots his audiences in a continuous dance journey across a richly woven tapestry of sound which runs the gamut from old school anthems, deep and funky house grooves to mesmerizing tribal beats, dreamy trance or progressive hard house to present “big house” vocal anthems and ingeniously remixed Pop music. As a result, Nathan has built a reputation for delivering multi-layered performances, which are inspirational! “Music to me is the language of Angels – the one communication which connects us beyond ourselves”.

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GET READY! WE’RE GOING BACK TO THE 80s

Ah, the 1980s. Whether you were born in the 80s, grew up in the 80s, or never set foot in that infamous decade, hearing the term “1980s” probably makes you think of something iconic. Known as the time for big hair, acid wash jeans, and ruthless ambition, the music was the most influential of that classic decade.

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What’s On Your Summer Bucket List?

Summer isn’t over just yet. You still have time to do the things that you’ve always wanted to do. We know you have some interesting things that you want to accomplish and so do we here at Barcelona City FM. But we came across a particular summer bucket list that has been surfacing the internet.

Someone recently found a summer bucket list inside an Urban Outfitters changing room and posted it on Twitter. It is quite something, a real medley of activities.

We see this person is anticipating star gazing and camping in the back yard sit alongside taking pictures for Instagram and “getting drunk all the time”. Sounds pretty normal. But reading more into the list, the young lady wants to create a pretty adventurous summer. I wonder how far she have gotten on completing these goals. It’s also kind of funny and interesting to see that she wants to “take 8 hoe pics for Instagram’ and ‘get a boob hickey’? GIRL WHAATT???? You must really want to get CRAZY this summer. LOL!

A lot of it is very amusing, and has been reminding many others of their youth shopping for Ray Bans and going on road trips.

Some of the list has already been checked off. The author has already got ‘a little tan, decorated their room, made a summer playlist, and hooked up with Jacob. We checked in on the twitter account of the friend that posted the list and she has confirmed that her dear gal has been living life to the fullest.

We , at Barcelona City FM want to know what your summer goals are. Whether it is sitting on the beach with an ice cold mojito or skydiving out of an airplane. No summer goal is too small or too normal. As we all continue to enjoy the awesome weather and soak up the sun, be sure to LIKE us on our Facebook page and let us know what your summer bucket list consists of. 🙂 We want to hear. Maybe we’ll add it to our list.