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Project BCN-2024-05

Updated: Jun 3

The complete series of blog posts: Day 1 here, Day 2.  Day 3Day 4. Day 5 and Day 6.

Let’s start with the concert report from last night. I saw Yo La Tengo first, right from the front row, and I enjoyed it very much. There were some quiet songs, some noise-rock songs, and a lot of guitar torture on the stage. These days, I get a kick out of older people rocking hard. 

Then, a long walk back to the Mordor area of the festival. First, we saw Lana Del Rey, who was very late, at a tightly scheduled festival. I have been following her music since the early days. I loved the song Video Games back in the day. And I’m kind of up-to-date on her albums. The performance was quite theatrical, and I thought her act of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was compelling. I don’t go to pop concerts, even on Primavera Sound, so I wasn’t prepared for the pop music crowd. A lot of talking was happening around me, fans discussing and reacting to stuff rather than enjoying the music. But overall, quite an experience. My sister hated it, though.

Then, my main event at the festival was a 2-hour show from the Nationals. The singer barely had any voice and was mumbling the whole way through, but I was expecting this and loved every song. I have been listening to the Nationals for the last two years, and the “Sad Dads” atmosphere is my jam. I did not get close to the stage, but the sound was all right, and the antics of singer Matt Beringer were entertaining enough on the giant video screen. Overall, they were just great songs and a fun performance, and I wouldn’t mind if they’d repeat the same next year.

Today, we went to our favorite Catalan restaurant near Park Güell and had some fantastic food (snails, asparagus, green peppers). This time, we went for a Sangria with the food. I have been skipping alcohol for the food during the week, but hey, it’s Saturday.

The specialty Kombucha places are closed during the weekend, but I managed to grab a red berry kombucha from Komvida, which was fizzy and pleasant enough.

Tomorrow, the last trip report is coming up!


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