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'Glory Days' to return at giant Bruce Springsteen festival

A thousand musicians will gather in a field in a western Catalan village


01 April 2019 08:13 PM


Daniel Wittenberg | Barcelona

More than 1,000 musicians from around the world are to meet in a remote village in western Catalonia to perform a rendition of 'Glory Days' by Bruce Springsteen.

The 1984 single has been chosen for the annual Springsteen tribute at the No Surrender festival which takes place in Vilanova de Bellpuig, near Lleida, in late June.

The distinctive homage to the rock legend has become a tradition in Catalonia since hundreds of musicians gathered to play 'No Surrender' in 2017 – and Springsteen fans repeated the feat on an even larger scale last year with a version of his earlier hit 'Badlands'.

Organizer Josep Maria Pons is expecting the event to grow once again in 2019, and although registration only opened on Tuesday morning, he said he has already received interest from as far afield as Israel, India, and Australia.

He has secured the services of Catalan conductor Antoni Tolomos to direct the giant orchestra and bolstered the sound system "so that everyone feels like they are playing atop a stage"

By returning to the classic 'Born in the USA' album and selecting a song featuring trumpets and trombones, alongside the usual singers, drums, guitars, keyboards and saxophones, Pons is deliberately trying to broaden the appeal.

The video of the debut festival in 2017 has surpassed 860,000 views on YouTube.


  • A still from 'No Surrender' 2018 (by NSF)

  • A still from 'No Surrender' 2018 (by NSF)