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New music festival in Barcelona during the summer with Josep Carreras and Julio Iglesias topping the programme

The Festival ‘Jardins del Palau de Pedralbes’ will take place between the 20th of June and the 8th of July in the Catalan capital. Josep Carreras, Julio Iglesias, Antony and the Johnsons, Natalie Cole, Roger Hodgson, Earth Wind & Fire and Crosby, Stills & Nash are some of the artists that will play at the first event. The private company Concert Studio is behind the initiative, which has the support of Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Government. Public funds will only cover 2% of the festival’s budget. Concert Studio have already organised the Cap Roig festival and the Festival del Mil·leni. According to them, they wanted to fill “an empty space” in Barcelona’s musical season.

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16 April 2013 01:28 AM

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ACN / Pau Cortina

Barcelona (ACN).- Barcelona will have a new music festival this summer: the Festival \u2018Jardins del Palau de Pedralbes\u2019, which will take place between the 20th of June and the 8th of July in the Catalan capital. The festival wants to bring an eclectic selection of artists in the early weeks of the summer season. It will start just after the Sónar music festival (which specialises in electronic music) and for a few days it will coincide with the beginning of the Barcelona\u2019s performing arts festival \u2018Grec\u2019, which is the main summer festival in Catalonia. According to the organisers, they wanted to fill \u201Can empty space\u201D in Barcelona\u2019s musical season. The first \u2018Festival Jardins del Palau de Pedralbes\u2019 will showcase Josep Carreras, Julio Iglesias, Antony and the Johnsons, Natalie Cole, Roger Hodgson, Earth Wind & Fire and Crosby, Stills & Nash, with two more artists still to be confirmed. Concerts will be in the open air at the Pedralbes gardens, where the Union for the Mediterranean headquarters are located. The private company Concert Studio is behind the initiative, which has the support of Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Government. Public funds will only cover 2% of the festival\u2019s budget. Concert Studio was in charge of organising the Cap Roig festival (in the Costa Brava) until two years ago and also launched the Festival del Mil·leni (also in Barcelona). Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday. They will cost between \u20AC34 and \u20AC130, and 2,179 seats will be available for each concert in semi-circular stands. The Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, was present at the presentation of the festival, which took place on Monday.


Two years after having lost the management of the Festival de Cap Roig \u2013 which takes place in Calella de Palafrugell, on the Costa Brava \u2013 Concert Studio will organise another summer festival. This time, the event will take place in Barcelona. According to the company\u2019s Director, Martin Pérez, the city was lacking such a festival in the early weeks of the summertime. \u201CDiversity, quality and integration in Barcelona\u201D, are the guiding principles of the new festival.

The festival will have a \u20AC1.8 million budget. \u20AC400,000 will be obtained through private company sponsorship, which is brought in by large companies from the insurance, wine and real estate sectors. In addition, the festival has the support of Barcelona\u2019s City Council and the Catalan Government. However, public funds only represent 2% of the festival\u2019s budget.

The Catalan tenor Josep Carreras \u2013 who used to be one of the three tenors with Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo \u2013 will kick off the festival on the 20th of June. Carreras will sing Broadway classics and will be joined by the soprano Gladys Rossy and the GIOrquestra. The other Spanish artist will be Julio Iglesias who will perform his greatest hits on the 26th of June.

The organisers are still waiting to confirm two other artists, but the programme is completed by Antony and the Johnsons, Natalie Cole, Roger Godgson (the former Supertramp frontman), Earth, Wind & Fire and Crosby, Stills & Nash. The festival\u2019s director lamented that this year no dancing show will be included, but he hoped to be able to do so next year since \u201Cdance has to be in the festival\u201D.

Martín Pérez also said that the festival will contribute to a charity project: the association Casal dels Infants del Raval, which works with children and youngsters from the poor families of downtown Barcelona. The festival will make a significant economic contribution to the association on the one hand and, on the other, the organisation will hire some of the youngsters to work in the festival.

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  • The presentation of the Jardins de Pedralbes Festival (by P. Cortina)

  • The presentation of the Jardins de Pedralbes Festival (by P. Cortina)