18th of August, the day following the Barcelona Attack
Police are raiding a property in Ripoll connected to the suspects in the town north of Catalonia where two arrests have already been made.
UK authorities are urgently looking into reports of a missing British child. The Prime Minister said she believed a number of British people have been caught up in the attack. She said the missing boy had dual-nationality (English and Australian). He is still missing as of now. The British Government are working in conjunction with the Spanish and Australian governments to help in the search.
The mayor of San Hipolito de Voltrega, Xavier Vilanova, has announced that a 75 year old resident of the neighbouring town and her daughter were in Las Ramblas at the time of the attack. The daughter, Elisabeth, has a fracture to her head but she is stable and still in hospital.
The two attacks have caused 126 wounded in total. 61 people have been discharged from hospital by now, with 65 people still hospitalised. Of the 61 people admitted in Barcelona, 17 are critical, 25 are serious, 11 less serious and 12 minor. Of the four people admitted to Cambrils, three with serious injuries and one less serious.
Catalonia’s Police Chief says there is reason to believe that far bigger attacks had been planned by the group before they were apprehended, but an explosion in an apartment on Wednesday had wasted their resources, forcing a smaller attack to be carried out instead
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirms that one American victim has been identified
It has been revealed that the suspected driver of the van in La Rambla may have been one of the 5 men killed in a shootout in Cambrils, but this is as yet unconfirmed. 3 of the 5 suspects have been identified so far.
The Catalan Police force have reopened the roads. Public transport has resumed and all metro stations have reopened in the surrounding area
Barcelona has “sent a very clear message to the terrorists”, says the Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont.
Mr Puigdemont, said: “We woke up concerned, but also determined to win – to win this battle against terrorism, doing it in the best ways our society has: solidarity, freedom and respect.”
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said terrorism was a “global battle”.
“It is not only against us, it is against all those that defend democracy, freedom and human rights,” he said.
On Saturday, Mr Rajoy said he will go to Madrid to decide whether the country’s terror threat level – which is currently at level 4 – should be increased as a result of the attacks
The Queen of England has released a statement sending her thoughts to those affected, saying “it is deeply upsetting when innocent people are put at risk in this way when going about their daily lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and the people who are recovering in hospital. Please convey our heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by these appalling incidents.”
Spanish Media have named the suspect of the killings as 18-year old Moussa Oubakir, who is suspected of stealing his brothers’ documents to rent the van that ran through the popular tourist street
La Rambla – 34 nationalities have suffered injuries or loss of life, with 14 dead and 100 injured in total. 26 French are injured, 11 in serious condition. 2 Catalans from Rubi and 3 Italians are injured. 3 Germans and 1 Belgian have been killed, with 15 other Belgian tourists in critical condition. 3 Australians were injured and 1 seven year old boy from Australia (now identified as Julian Cadman) is missing with his mother in serious condition.
In Cambrills, 5 people in a car wearing fake suicide belts tried to unsuccessfully evade police control before 4 of them were killed in a police shooting, the remaining man died of his injuries later in hospital.
Spain is on level 4 out of 5 for terror attacks.
A man ran past a police control Sant Just Desvern and it is thought that this could be the target of the current police man hunt. This suspect is thought to be 17 year old Moussa Oukabir.
Mossos are asking for anyone with more information to call or email them
If you are worried about relatives please call +34 900 400 012 for more information.
A minutes’ silence was held across Spain at Midday, followed by spontaneous cheers and chants of ‘Viva Barcelona’. A memorial took place in Placa de Catalunya attended by the King of Spain, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Catalan President Carlos Puigdemont and Mayor of Barcelona Ada Calau. The French foreign minister visited today to give condolences, among other foreign dignitaries.
Hospital in Barcelona are in urgent need of translators due to the different nationalities involved. If you can help or know someone who can, please contact them as soon as possible:
– Hospital Vall d’Hebron 934 893 000
– Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau 932 909 100 / 932 919 000
– Hospital Clínic de Barcelona 932 275 400
– Hospital del Mar 932 483 000
– Hospital Sant Joan de Déu 932 532 100
– Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge 932 607 500
People have started to honour the victims by laying flowers, candles, and other items at the site of the attack, singing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’.
We will update with more information once we receive it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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”.