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Acústica Festival ends with record-breaking attendance

Some 108,000 spectators came to see 36 performances including Alfred Garcia

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03 September 2018 07:19 PM

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ACN

September brings the end of the summer festival season in Catalonia – one which saw positive, and in some cases record, attendance. Indeed, the last event to close its curtain was the 17th edition of the Acústica Festival, in Figueres in the north of Catalonia.

And what an edition it was, running from August 30 to September 2 and breaking records with 108,000 spectators at 36 concerts. This, according to organizers, is the result of high work and a steady upwards climb.

Acústica has been only "going up"

Director Xavi Pascual explained that, usually, "every project grows upward," and then "goes down," reflecting on their "luck" that Acústica has only been "going up." Pascual further explained that they are "working, fighting" to continue with "this ascent." 

  • "We're working, fighting, so we can continue with this ascent,"

    Xavi Pascual ·Acústica Festival director

Some of the most-attended shows were those of Acústica, Mishima, Els Catarres, and Love of Lesbian. Another much-awaited performance was that of Catalan teen idol Alfred Garcia— of Eurovision and Operación Triunfo, soon releasing a solo album.

A successful summer

Throughout the summer, hundreds of thousands bought tickets to see their favorite musicians take to the stage in Catalonia. For example, the Jacksons of the Jackson Five at the Jardin de Pedralbes festival, or Ricky Martin at Portaferrada.

Vida Festival in a manor by the beach saw names like Franz Ferdinand and Iron & Wine; the Festival Castell de Peralada brought classical music and dance to the north, and Tomorrowland United had audiences dancing in Barcelona.  

Cruïlla, one of the bigger events in the country, mixed Catalan culture with artists like Jack White, the Roots, and Prophets of Rage; Cap Roig festival had its own eclectic lineup, including Andrea Bocelli.

And after all is said and done, there's still lots to do. Fall festivals are just around the corner, bringing theater, music, culture and much more. 

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  • The audience at the Acùstica Festival in Figueres on August 31 2018 (by Gerard Vilà)

  • The audience at the Acùstica Festival in Figueres on August 31 2018 (by Gerard Vilà)