Cruilla: Barcelona Summer Festival
Cruilla is the Catalan word for "crossroads", and it's a word that represents the core philosophy of this festival... an event where different musical worlds can come together and meet in the middle. One of three major international music festivals in Barcelona, Cruilla is the event with the widest range of acts on show, giving it a much broader appeal than the beloved-by-hipsters Primavera Sound, or the relentless electronica of Sonar Festival.
Originally starting life as a series of concerts in the town of Mataro (just up the road), Cruilla moved to Barcelona in 2008 and began to take the shape we know today. It has grown exponentially year on year so that around 50,000 people now make the journey to the outdoor venue Parc del Forum over the course of three days for a series of concerts by world famous artists, as well as some of the best Catalan and Spanish bands. Some of the celebrated artists that have touched down in Barcelona to play Cruilla in the past include Asian Dub Foundation, Iron & Wine, Public Enemy, Iggy & The Stooges, M.I.A, The Specials, Gogol Bordello, Suede, Cat Power, Damon Albarn, Franz Ferdinand & Sparks, Robert Plant, Crystal Fighters and Skunk Anansie, amongst many many others. 2017 marks the event's 10th anniversary in Barcelona, so keep reading to see who's coming to town...
Above: Soaking up that festive summer vibe!
Getting to Cruilla Festival
Cruilla takes place at the epic concrete jungle on the edge of the city that goes by the name Parc del Forum. It's well connected by bus, tram and Bicing, but the easiest way to get there by far is on the yellow line of the metro. Simple get off at Maresme el Forum metro stop and you are five or so minutes away from the gates. It's impossible to get lost as you can simply follow the crowds. On the way back the metro runs until 2am on Friday night (ie. Saturday morning), 6am on Saturday night (ie. Sunday morning) and midnight on Sunday night. If you miss the metro you will have to queue for a bus or try to hail a taxi. If you live or book accommodation in the Poblenou district however you may be able to walk home (although the district is quite large so check your map first!).
To grab your tickets order via the official website. Whilst Barcelona folk tend to leave things quite late, best not to wait until right the last minute to be sure of getting yours!
2017 Line Up & Dates
In 2017 Cruilla takes place on the 7th to 9th July, with the 7th and 8th being the main nights. The roster of artists is looking extra special this year with Pet Shop Boys, Jamiroquai, Die Antwoord, The Prodigy, Two Door Cinema Club, The Lumineers, Youssou N'Dour and Ryan Adams all confirmed. You can check the full programme here.
Is the festival accessible for us wheelchair users?
reviewed by Elmer from Sweden on May.10.2017