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Pharrell Williams, Luis Miguel and Jack Johnson top festival night

Mix of styles in Cruïlla, Cap Roig and Portaferrada events, among the best of summer season


14 July 2018 01:04 PM


ACN | Barcelona/Calella de Palafrugell/Sant Feliu de Guíxols

Pop icon Pharrell Williams and his N.E.R.D. band made thousands of people dance in the Cruïlla festival in Barcelona on Friday night.

It was only one of the concerts in these event, with others featuring the likes of Gilberto Gil and his samba, Damian Marley, Prophets of Rage and some catalan signers.

But Cruïlla is not the only festival up and running this weekend.

Two more in the Girona area, Cap Roig and Portaferrada also kicked off this Friday night, with Mexican Luis Miguel featuring the former and Hawaiian Jack Johnson topping the latter.


Pharrell Williams, the author of 'Happy', played along with the hip hop and rock No-one Ever Really Dies band, was all about energy and dancing on the stage.

The same or even more amount of energy was released by Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy, altogether making up Prophets of the Rage.

Their vibrant performance was a mix of rock and hip-hop and delighted the nostalgic audience, who did not expect such mix, or the fact that all the people performing were wearing FCBarcelona shirts.

During the concert, one of Rage Against the Machine's former guitarists displayed a banner reading 'Free Catalonia.'



Joan Dausà, Blaumut and Joana Serrat were the main Catalan musicians on the stage, with much a quieter and intimate tone. La Pegatina, also from Catalonia, was much more danceable.

Gilberto Gil, Damien Marley, Kygo and Bomba Stéreo were other top performances in this festival, which will come to an end on Saturday – hoping to match the 57,000 spectators of last year's edition.

Cap Roig

By the sea, in Calella de Palafrugell, Cap Roig festival kicked off one more year with a mix of styles by one artist.

Latin idol Luis Miguel displayed his elegance and temperance for more than two hours, with  2,000 people witnessing successful hits 'Si te vas' and 'Tú solo tú.'



The climax of performance featuring also mariachis at some point was 'Amor Amor.'

11 of the 28 concerts programmed in Cap Roig are sold out, so this edition might break the record of tickets sold, as the organization said on Friday.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will put an end to Cap Roig event on August 22.


Polifacetic artist and activist Jack Johnson raised awareness of the environmental issue facing the planet during his performance.

The Hawaiian displayed his soft rock and acoustics on the stage while presenting his seventh studio album.

Also by the sea in the Costa Brava, he played the songs of the album 'All the lights above too,' full of social criticism against the American president, Donald Trump, and in favor of the environment.



In fact part of the earnings of his tour including Portaferrada will be spent on campaigns in favor of the environment, art and musical education.

When Portaferrada kicked off on Friday, it had already sold 28,000 tickets, with a lineup including Ricky Martin, Joan Manuel Serrat, Sara Baras, Txarango and Andrei Gavrilov.  


  • Pharrell Williams performing in the Cruïlla festival on July 13, 2018 (by Pau Cortina)

  • Pharrell Williams performing in the Cruïlla festival on July 13, 2018 (by Pau Cortina)