Still growing and no issue with going main stream
Cruïlla is a festival with a remarkably varied programme of genres: classic rock, world music, Latin rock, any type of fusion, funk, soul, hip hop and classic pop have all been on the agenda since the beginning, and now they’re even including performances from mainstream pop artists treated in the same way as the African rhythm section, to give an example. "Quality pop" is as valid a category as any other for this giant sound cocktail which this 2019 celebrates its first ten years.
This year there’s an extra date, 4in total: we’ll see some of their most outstanding artists. On Wednesday, July 3rd the Black Eyed Peas, who were the world’s biggest pop band just a few years ago who’ll be playing their numerous hits to dedicated fans.
Estrella Damm stage ©Xavi Torrent
Black Eyed Peas
On Thursday, July 4th hip hop and trap takes over, two highly appreciated genres among today’s teenagers, and has Natos y Waor considered the “kings of Spanish hip hop”, Ajax and Prok "the twins of rap", Lildami who does trap in Catalan, and a sample of the very famous Riña de Gallos by Red Bull, an inexhaustible source of new talents in urban rhyme.
Natos y Waor
Ayax y Prok
On Friday, July 5th there’s an even more ambitious programme with additional stages and a little more rock oriented: the English group Foals, the elegant pop rock of Bastille, the inevitable Vetusta Morla and the wonderful Garbage, who were the kings of power pop in the 90s, thanks to the solid and melodious sound of the producer and drummer Butch Vig (yes, the one who made Nirvana's “Nevermind”), backed up by the very strong stage presence of Shirley Manson, a front-woman who takes no prisoners when it comes to expressing herself over the social networks. Shirley is still rock and roll.
Finally, on Saturday July 6th the diminutive pop princess: Australian Kylie Minogue who is nowadays a living legend, after having performed last week at the Glastonbury festival, where she gave a phenomenal trip through all her hits, taking advantage of the fact that she’s presenting a new compilation album of great hits. Oh, and there will also be fresh young pansexual pop from Years & Years, the Brazilian troubadour Seu Jorge and the inimitable Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, a complete menu to satisfy any discerning palate.
Years & Years