Live Rock in Barcelona

Rock music encompasses a huge diversity of sound, each tending to have its own sub-label for further discernment, and this volatile music style is alive and well today. If you happen to be in Barcelona, Spain, then checking into the live music scene is definitely going to get you rockin’ until the wee hours of the morning.

For iconoclastic stylings, the Indie and Alternative rock scenes may pique your interest and there are few places more interesting than the Sidecar Factory Club, in the center of Plaça Reial. Secreted underground and twisting through a series of caverns and old cellars, hides this gem of live music, a very popular venue boasting some of the best bands around. After the live concerts from 10 p.m.- 12:30 a.m., which claim such acts as Arctic Monkeys, Razorlight and even Billy Idol, this smoky joint transforms into an alternative dance club. The crowd is made up of friendly 18-30 year olds, wholly unpretentious and seriously set on a good time. There are two levels to the Sidecar, with upstairs being the best place to relax and enjoy a beer with a giant screen TV to keep you entertained. The real action, though, is on the dance floor, which is contained in a large, brick bunker style room, decorated only in red peeling paint and a few benches shoved against the walls for seating. Under old brick arches and separate from the dance floor, you’ll find the bar to slake your thirst and recharge for the next round of classic cult sounds. Dress for hot weather, as this venue heats up quickly, in all the best possible ways.

Crammed into an old ballroom, Sala Apolo is, like most other rock venues in Barcelona, both a concert hall and a nightclub. Extremely popular, it hosts certain themed nights like Nasty Mondays and Crappy Tuesdays. With three separate chambers, Apolo offers a variety of different live music styles, which includes indie and alternative rock, but can also encompass jazz, electro and techno. Right next door is Sala Apolo 2, an extension of the first Apolo, featuring even more live, eclectic music.

Indie and alternative rock may not be your thing, and maybe you’re wondering where the good ol’ hard rock and heavy metal is playing. If so, Mephisto at C.Roc Boronat, 33, is the venue you crave. Catering to harder rock’n’roll, this club is a head-banging good time. Not for the faint of heart or those who don’t appreciate live and loud, Mephisto includes Gothic, Nu, Power, and Thrash metal, all at the same place.

Also rock out at the Sant Jordi Club, a small concert stage boasting huge names like Limp Bizkit, Blind Guardian, and Manowar. Razzmatazz, located in the industrial part of Poble Nou, is a collection of 5 night clubs hosting live rock music events including Dark Tranquility and Alter Bridge.

Barcelona has a lot to offer by way of rock and all kinds of it. If you’re going to be in the area, check out the scene. It’s for everyone and it’s a great way to enjoy the music you love best.

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