Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dancing in the Desert Anyone?

When I think of music festivals, being English, I think of mud and rain and the odd ray of sunlight in Galstonbury or T in the Park, or even those little local smaller ones you used to get. Sometimes I think of Sonar but that kid of takes over the whole town, rather than just one space with a few stages. And I usually think it's so annoying - even though you usually forget about it after a while - and it would be much better with the sun out non-stop.

Well, take that to the extreme, and you have ladies and gentlemen, this weekend's Monegro Desert Festival. Yes, you read right. A Festival. In the Desert. In Spain. In July. This Satuday 21st July, from 5pm, non-stop hedonism and craziness galore...see for yourselves.

You might not think there'd be many takers, but believe me, it's rammed. French, Italians, Germans, Brits, Spanish, it's got a real draw for a certyain crowd, and looking at the line-ups, you can see why. David Guetta topped the bill last year, and there are many, many big names this year, too.

The festival takes place, well, in the middle of the desert, near Fraga and Huesca - inland from Barcelona, but still northern Spain and the best way to get there is on a bus from Barcelona - full details on the website link above.

Anyone going this year? Let me know in the comments and we'll see who's looking forward to seeing who perform. Have fun if you are going!!

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Nights with El Chiringuito!!

One of the best things about living in Barcelona is the al fresco lifestyle. There's nothing quite like having an early evening drink outside on a terrace somewhere with the heat of the day still around but the cool breeze of the evening starting to cool things down. Barcelona locals really don't know how lucky they are in that respect and I warmly welcomed the recent news from City Hall that there would be more licences for more terraces this summer.

However, sometimes you have to go with the best. Yes, it's great in a city terrace but what better place than the beach?! The Mediterranean in the background, some cool tunes coming from the DJ and drinks aplenty for the punters. There can be only one place - El Chirninguito. There are two chiringuitos  - just think "beach bar" - down in the Olympic Village at Playa Bogatell and also Nova Mar Bella. Not only are these places the coolest beach bars in the city (think hammacks, terrace, fruit juices, cocktails, etc.) but you can get a damn fine bite there, too. And not to mention Yoga, fitness schemes and just a pretty damn cool place to arrange a meet up with your friends.

Anyone who goes to any bar in the city will know the popularity of Gin & tonics this year, and the Chiringuito bars are no exception, with a great selection of Gins on offer as well as the usual brews and beers. A great way to relax in the summer heat, get yourselves down there!

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