Concert of BIRDY in Barcelona!

The British singer Birdy who is sweeping the world with her new album Beautiful Lies, after 2 years is coming to Spain again! The concert will be held in Madrid in Riviera Hall on November 6 and in Barcelona in the Razzmatazz on November 7.

Debut album self-titled “Birdy” brought her huge fame, the second album “Fire Within” has strengthened this international success. It was her first album of predominantly original compositions, as her eponymous debut album consisted largely of covers. “Beautiful Lies”, a third studio album, was released on 25 March 2016 through Atlantic Records.

Birdy was one of the artists who contributed to The Hunger Games film soundtrack with her single “Just a Game”. In June 2012, Birdy contributed the song “Learn Me Right” with Mumford&Sons to the Pixar film Brave for which she received her first Grammy Award nomination. Birdy appears on the 2014 David Guetta album Listen, featured on the song “I’ll Keep Loving You”.

Generally album Beautiful Lies received positive reviews from critics. Music senior editor Neil Z. Yeung commended Birdy’s “evolution from acoustic covers singer to confident and powerful artist and stated, that the album “brings a depth that pulls Birdy from Ingrid Michaelson territory and into a scene occupied by Lorde, Florence, and Lana (Del Rey).” He felt that “with more life, richer texture, and an inspiring attitude, Beautiful Lies is Birdy’s declaration that she is more than able to make her mark in the big leagues and join the ranks of the alternative pop pantheon.

Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly said that “Beautiful Lies places her square in the middle of the indie pop realm […] Her third album is her own testament to talent and her proof that she’s only dipping her toe into the tropes of her genre to spring upward from them and float onto a cloud all her own.”

Don’t wait for buying your ticket and booking a place to stay! Remember that in Barcelona you can enjoy our precious hostels and have a rest after the concert 😉

Where: Madrid,  La Riviera and Barcelona, Razzmatazz
When: 6th and 7th November 2016

 

Halloween in Spain. Dia de las Brujas.

Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy day: All Saints Day, which is the most important festival of autumn in Spain.

Do you know that Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

In the United States and Canada Halloween is officially celebratedsince 1921. In the 70s and 80s it became known worldwide thanks to several movies. Now many European countries celebrate it as well. In Spain this festival is really popular and eveyrone takes part in it. The word “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. Actually Halloween is a night of costumes, fun, fear and time of a good party as well 🙂

Halloween in Spain is a three-day celebration that starts on October 31st with Dia de las Brujas (Day of the Witches), then continues on November 1st with Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) and finish on November 2nd with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

If you are spending Halloween in Barcelona, you should visit the city’s magnificent cemeteries – Montjuic, Poblenou, and Les Corts. There are some special night tours and wonderful classical music concerts. On October 31st in the city’s famous bars and nightclubs, you’ll also have the chance to enjoy the Catalan tradition of  La Castanyada. This is a popular All Saints’ Day festival in Catalonia. Full of various events, music concerts, and stalls filled with seasonal delicacies, including castanyes (chestnuts), sweet potatoes, sweet wine and panellets – small Catalan cakes made of marzipan, almonds, and various flavors.

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In Northern Spain, due to the Celtic traditions, Halloween is celebrated with more enthusiasm. In Galicia, a region famous for its rich local folklore and ghost legends, the night of 31st of October is known as Noite dos Calacús (Night of the Pumpkins) and is celebrated through a range of common activities such as pumpkin carving, costume parties, bonfires, rituals, and sometimes even trick-or-treating. Otehr special thing is the quemada – a strong alcoholic drink usually made from aguardiente, unground coffee, sugar, and lemon rind or orange peels. Traditionally, the quemada is prepared within a pumpkin and consumed after reciting a spell (esconxuro).

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Trick or treat: even if you think it is something of American movies, is a custom that has spread in Spain. Especially in residential and housing areas. Parents and children visit neighbours and ask for sweets.
Costumes: choose a costume which produce fear. Now it’s time to be a mummy, a vampire or a with.

We wish you a lot of fun! Remember that you can stay in our hostels in Valencia which are located in the heart of the city and two hostels in Barcelona close to the city center.

Spartan Race – chalange yourself

Have you heard about Spartan Race? Is a World’s Best Obstacle Race, a real adventure for everyone. Has 3 routes with a lengtht of 5 km (SPRINT), 13 km (SUPER) and 20 km (BEAST). Each track is filled with a mud, water, and obstacles designed to help you discover your inner Spartan. 😉 Athletes of all fitness levels will enjoy participating in a Spartan Race and the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the finish line.

The idea comes from USA. Spartan Race was created to bring the excitement of obstacle racing to spectators and athletes alike. In 2014 there were organized 130 events in 15 countries and 6 continents. As you see is available for everyone in the world.

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Spartan Race as well has events for kids and youth to involve the whole family in the competition. If you´re not sure if you are ready to take part in Spartan Race there are guide workouts of the day, nutrition tips to help you eat better, and free workouts held in cities wherever Spartan Races are organized.

So don´t wait and sign up for the coming event in Barcelona or next one organized in Valencia. Let yourself for an active weekend combined with sightseeing and relax. After race you can rest in our comfortable hostels, book your place here before it’s too late 😉

To register go to: http://spartanrace.es/?lang=en

Where: Barcelona

When: 8-9th October 2016

Where: Valencia

When: 3rd December 2016

La Mercè 2016 – festa mayor in Barcelona

Every year at the end of September in Barcelona takes place the biggest festival in town. There are organized an infinity number of activities like concerts at different points of the city, exhibitions, circus, street theatre, audiovisual shows, fireworks etc. The most traditional side of the festival are castellers (human towers), diables (devils), falconers (man with falcon), tabalers (drummers) which all together enliven the streets of the Barri Gòtic accompanied with festival beasts, dwarfs and giants.

La Mercè lasts four days from 22 to 25 September and is held in honor of the Mare de Deu of the Mercè (Mother of God of Mercy), the saint patron of Barcelona.

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The sounds of la Mercè are really diverse, from traditional rhythms and classical music to folk, rock, Catalan cançó and world music hit. The radically modern beats will be played on the BAM festival.

The Mercè Arts de Carrer festival (Mercè Street Art festival) fills the city with dance, circus and street theatre performances. Come and enjoy it at parc de la Ciutadella, Castell de Montjuïc, Parc de la Trinitat, Fabra i Coats Factory and the Palauet Albéniz.

This is a must see if you are in Barcelona at that time. Come, enjoy and take part in festival La Mercè! Here you can find a detailed program: http://lameva.barcelona.cat/merce/en/.

Remember that after a whole day of atractions you can rest in one of our two coisy hostels in Barcelona. Don´t wait and reserve your place as soon as possible!

When: from 22 to 25 of September
Where: Barcelona
Cost: Free

Just three days to go before DGTL Festival Barcelona takes you to awesome party this weekend.

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Do you have a ticket for DGLT Festival 2016 at Parc Del Forum in Barcelona? Do you have a place to stay for those days? If not hurry up! Tickets are running out as well as places in hostels!

DGTL is a Dutch techno festival which now have its Spanish edition in Barcelona, for a second time. It guarantee distinctive staging hosts, high-profile lineups, with international pioneers of techno and tech-house music, moreover supported by the finest underground visual shows.

Feel this unique atmosphere and vibe of this summer festival, enjoy four stages and well-known headliners like: Ninca Kraviz, Ben Klock, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Gui Boratto. As well you can expect some unreal lasers flashing. During DGTL Barcelona there is going to be a magical laser show which will sweep you of your feet.

When: 12-13th of August 2016
Where: Barcelona, Parc Del Forum

If you want to relax after this festival, stay at one of our hostels in Barcelona. Go to: https://www.feetuphostels.com/hostels-barcelona.html for more information.

Music in the Parks of Barcelona, from June to August.

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This summer once again you will have the opportunity to enjoy jazz and classical music in the parks of Barcelona. During three months the green spaces of the heart of Cataluña will be the scenes of free concerts in the serie Music in the Parks.

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Barcelona’s parks will be filled with music at sunset. The Ciutadella park, l’Estacio del Nord park, Park de les Aigües del Guinardó, the gardens of the Font dels Ocellets, the Joan Miró Park, the Gardens Ernest Lluch and many others are the perfect surroundings for classical and jazz concerts, concerts of the Municipal Band of Barcelona, other bands and guest orchestras. The opening will take place on June 11, in the gardens of Villa Cecilia and the closing concert will be held in the Parc del Clot with Dani Nel·lo & Lluís Coloma Trio.

Date: 08/06/2016 to 31/08/2016

Time: view program here: http://lameva.barcelona.cat/es/aprovechala/parques-y-jardines/musica-en-los-parques
Ticket: Free event
City: Barcelona
Place: different parks