Barcelona is a city that has been fighting for years to become one of the capitals of reference of electronic music. To achieve this, it offers a wide range of options for lovers of electronic music at all levels: from the best electronic music festival in Barcelona every Sunday in the Poble Espanyol, to the “made in Ibiza” tracks that the clubs of the Olympic Port offer. But, what makes Barcelona the capital of electronic music that it is nowadays?
A well-established culture
Barcelona didn’t arrive late tobe part of the electronic music explosion the late 80s-late 90s experienced. Since those years, where everything that sounded in the legendary club The Hacienda in Manchester had its counterpart in the great capitals of Europe, in Spain the phenomenon made its way through the Ibiza sound and the influence of the also legendary “Ruta del Bakalao”, and Barcelona was able to find its place with clubs like Pachá (both the original in Sitges and its Barcelona branch) or the absolutely king of industrial parks: Pont Aeri.
After the wacky decades of the eighties and nineties, Barcelona refined its offer to expand its spectrum to a public that no longer related electronic music witha wild way of life, but with a musical culture based on good sounds and partying.
A multi-seasonal offer
Ibiza is the queen of the summers and island of reference in that subculture, but its kingdom it’s confined to the summer months and closes its doorsat the end of October until the beginning of the season next year.
Barcelona does not have that problem and looks equally active in the summer months, where the offer is enriched with outdoor festivals in parks, public spaces and beaches, and the winter monthswarmed to the heat of nightclubs or semi-covered public spaces.
It doesn’t matterwhat time of the year you visit Barcelona, the Mediterranean capital has prepared a perfect plan for you and for any lover of good electronic music.
A diverse audience
From the avant-garde festival of new sounds “Sónar” to the family friendly option from Brunch -In the City, electronic music in Barcelona meets the need of all the audiences, from the most inexperienced public that only knows themainstream radio music, to the expert audience that can distinguish which song and to what Dj corresponds each beat into a millisecond.
For this broad spectrum, the Catalan capital has offers ranging from festivals to nightclubs located in different parts of the city. For all these reasons, and for the continuous renewal of the offer in electronic music that the city offers, it can be said that Barcelona is, unmistakably, the capital of electronic music.