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BAM Festival 2017
- When: 22–25 September
- Where: The Damm Factory (Carrer del Rosselló 515). Nearest Metro is Hospital de Sant Pau (L5) or Encants (L2).
- Price: Free
- Accommodation Nearby: Find accommodation close to the Damm Factory, so you won't miss a concert ;)
- Website: Official BAM Festival page
Free concerts and countless music styles!
One year more and the BAM Festival returns to Barcelona during the festivals of La Mercè. Standing for Musical Action Barcelona (Barcelona Acció Musical in Catalan), it's an alternative music festival that's full of diverse acts on both local and international proportions, from all manner of genres include hard rock to bubstep... Wub Wub Wub.
Origin of BAM
This year BAM marks its 25th celebration. It was created here in 1993 and since then has become a calender-marking event that everyone in the city knows about. Its promoter and founder was Marc Campillo, director of the label Foehn Records. The idea of the festival is to discover new sounds by giving the stage to emerging bands, encouraging and giving them impetus, so that they can find their creativity and innovative spark.
Concerts are free, public and open-air. They are held in various parts of the city, like Plaça dels Àngels, Plaça Joan Coromina, Fórum Ampitheatre and Moll de la Fusta, but the biggest performances will take place in the old Estrella Damm Factory — a historic building of the former brewery. This building is now a museum that offers tours and is open occasionally to special events such as this. The first time it opened its doors like this was for BAM 2007.
Acts from the guest city, Reikiavik
There is a guest city each year, with performers coming all the way to Barcelona to perform. This year it's Reikiavik, capital of Iceland. It's considered to be a creative hotspot with an emerging musical scene, which is what makes it such a great candidate for BAM.
A total of eight bands from Reikiavik form part of the BAM line-up. There's techno duo Kiasmo, Rap meets R'n'B with Emmsjé Gauti, a 21-strong female hip-hop group, electronic music from Samaris, multi-instrumentalist JFDR, Pop by Glowie, indie music to the sound of Ólöf Arnalds' violin and the authentic rock sound of Grisalappalísa
BAM 2017 Line-up
To see the rest of the lineup and schedule, you can visit this official page in English that will be updated as more details and news about the festival are known.