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

 

¡TUNAS in Valencia!

From 30 September to 2 October in Valencia will be held the III Certamen Nacional Científico-Técnico de Tunas.

A tuna is a group of students in traditional/old university clothes which is characterized by singing, playing instruments and traveling. Not all members of tuna are profesional musicians, sometimes just a few of them. It is an ancient tradition that emerged in Spain, and spread to various countries in Europe as Portugal or Holland, and in Latin America in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, etc.

Tuna was formed by young people who because of their limited resources need to earn money. Nowadays students are not part of “tuna” for money, but for keeping a tradition alive and to have fun, travel and meet new people from other universities. A member of a tuna calls a “tunante“, but is usually known as a “tuno“.

From its origins to the present day, Tunas have continued the cultivation of popular instruments such as the bandurria, lute, guitar and tambourine

Interesting fact: up until recently, only male students were admitted to be a part of tunas, but in the last few years new tunas have been formed for female students.

Here there is a short program of the event:

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When: Friday at 16:00, 30 September 2016
Where: Ateneo Mercantil de Valencia, Plaza del Ayuntamiento 18
Cost: free

Tuna will take place in the city center of Valencia, where all our hostels are situated so you can be close to the main events! 🙂

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

Valencia Triatlón 2016

 

The 10th and 11th of September 2016 will be held the Valencia Triathlon in the Royal Navy of Valencia. This competition consists of three parts: swimming, cycling and running. Over 3000 participants will take part in this year edition. Organizers promises much excitement and quality organization.

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Thousands of athletes will compete for a good aim. They want to collect funds for TetraSport Association which is dedicated to the analysis&research market and to adapted physical activity. In addition, during the registration process you can directly donate 1 € to the association. The collected amount will be used for the opening of a new training center in Valencia to carry out activities aimed at adapting the exercise to the specific needs of each person, as well those with disabilities or chronic injuries.

Saturday is a day of women’s triathlon, supersprint and sprint. Sunday will consist of Olimpic part. Apart from competitions there will be held award ceremonies, technical brief meetings and tests in Zona Expo.tr2

More information about timetable and regulations you can find on Triatlon website: www.valenciatriatlon.com

When:      10th -11th September 2016, start at 07:30 am
Where:     Marina Real Juan Carlos I, Valencia

After the work out, you can relax in one of our comfortable hostels! We still have available places: https://www.feetuphostels.com/hostels-valencia.html !

Rules and Tips for #LaTomatina2016

La Tomatina starts already in 2 days! Are you ready for one of the craziest ‪‎food festivals‬? Before starting the tomato battle remember about a few things for your own safety and comfort.

THE RULES OF LA TOMATINA
Organizers ask participants to respect following rules:

  1. Do not enter with bottles or hard objects – you can cause an accident or damages to your battle’s fellows.
  2. Do not tear or throw your T-shirts, nor others T-shirts.
  3. Squash the tomatoes before throwing them, the hit will be less painful.
  4. Keep a safe distance of the lorries.
  5. Stop to throw tomatoes when you hear the shot of the second warning firework.
  6. Follow the security staff directions.

7 TIPS YOU MUST KNOW!

  1. Wear old clothes – which you are ready to throw away.
  2. Wear shoes with a decent grip – avoid using flip-flops – you can lose them in the tomato fight.
  3. Use the goggles – your eyes can be sore because of the tomato acid.
  4. Use waterproof cameras– in case u want to take pictures or just use a protective case.
  5. Follow the security directions and keep a safe distance of the lorries.
  6. Take part in the palo-jabón – a soap-covered pole with a Spanish prosciutto (jamón) on the top; the person who climbs to the top and get the jamón, win it!
  7. Enjoy as much as u can 😉

While visiting Buñol a cute town surrounded by mountains, take a walk through the streets which combine history and modernity. You can relax in urban parks next to the various fountains.

See you soon! Enjoy this extraordinary festival 😀

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

 

 

 

La Tomatina

La Tomatina is one of the craziest festival in Spain in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Everything started in the last Wednesday of August in 1945. The local youth, like most citizens, was taking part in the traditional parade of Giants and Big-Heads figures. Suddenly among the group of boys it came to the scuffle. Next to them there was a greengrocer’s with boxes full of tomatoes for sale which they used as a weapon. The following year, the same group of people started a quarrel and vegetable battle with the tomatoes they brought from home. Since that time this activity has been held every year, during the week of festivities of Buñol.

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The festival begins with the palo jabón: where revellers aim is to climb up a greasy pole with a jamón on top. Participants then spend a whole hour throwing tomatoes at each other; by the end of it, the whole town square is coloured red and rivers of tomato juice flow freely.

In the early 50s La Tomatina was banned and later canceled a few times. In 1957 was finally recognized by the authorities of Buñol and in subsequent years began to be promoted as a part of the annual celebration of the city. Since 1980, the supply of tomatoes are provided by the city. Every year the amount of vegetables used in battle increases. Along with this growth also increases the number of participants who are coming to the Buñol from all over the world. In 2002 the Spanish Ministry of Tourism recognized the Tomatina as the Festival of International Tourist Valor.

Attention: accommodation is really expensive during the festival, so be sure that you book it earlier.

Date: last Wednesday of August, this time 31.08.2016
Address: village of Buñol, 40km (24 miles) to the west of Valencia
Event cost: check our packages here: https://www.feetuphostels.com/hostels-valencia/tomatina.html
Category: Food & Drink & Fun