The COVID-19 pandemic has altered all cultural agendas and especially concerts and festivals, almost all of them canceled, postponed or reduced to an online version. However, some formats have managed to survive by adapting to new security regulations. We review some cases that also have the tourist charm of a special place.
There are many concerts, yes, but if these four music cycles that we compile here have something in common, it is the ability to give as much prominence to their stage as to what we are going to listen to there. We will enjoy the gardens of a Real Alcázar and we will sit under the arches of an aqueduct from the 1st century BC, we will cross the longest underground river in Europe or we will go to churches that mark the Aragonese Camino de Santiago. And in the background, music.
Compared to other years, the capacity has been reduced, hydroalcoholic gel dispensers have been installed, the hand programs have been replaced by QR codes, the disinfection of the seats has gained prominence and we may even take the temperature at the entrance of the enclosure. But except for these protocols that we are getting used to, the music continues to liven up a summer that we can hardly forget.
The Nights in the Gardens of the Real Alcázar, in Seville
This series of concerts is already a classic of the Sevillian summer nights. It is celebrated in a unique place, the gardens of the most important civil building in Seville, the Real Alcázar, and that is precisely one of its main attractions. Before enjoying a concert of ancient music, classical music, flamenco or world music, it is highly recommended to take the opportunity to walk through these royal gardens in the quiet of the night, enjoying its trees and the coolness of its fountains.
The ‘Nights in the Gardens of the Real Alcázar’ de Sevilla focus on reviewing the different musical styles that have occurred throughout the more than a thousand years of history of this stage, taking the opportunity to celebrate different events and themes in each season.
This year the XXI edition of this particular night festival is celebrated with daily concerts that go from mid-July to the last Sunday in September. Tickets are priced at 6 euros, all concerts begin at 10:00 p.m. and from 9:00 p.m. you can enter the gardens, where there is also a small bar to have a drink.
The Music of the Devil, in Tarragona
We travel to the ancient Roman Empire, specifically to the aqueduct of the old Tarraco, the current Tarragona. The setting for this series of concerts is the Devil’s Bridge, the common name for the Ferreres aqueduct, a canalization dating from the 1st century BC and which maintains an excellent state of conservation. In this historical setting is where this year is celebrated for the first time ‘The Music of the Devil’, four free concerts that merge past and present.
The performances are integrated into the celebration of the two patron saint festivities of Tarragona, Sant Magí and Santa Tecla, distributed as follows: on August 16, at 7:30 p.m., the Maurici Gené i Adrià Salvador cycle will open with its folkloric proposal. rock; on August 23 at the same time it will be the turn of Xavier Pié and Macc combining jazz with ambient music; on September 13 at 7:00 p.m. the Jazzul will arrive, with pop, soul and nouvelle vague music; and on September 20, the Tarragona duet TMN with its electronic pop will close the cycle at the same time.
In addition, an hour and a half before each concert you can take a guided visit to the Ecohistoric Park, which has a price of 5 euros and, like the concert ticket, must be booked by email.
Singin’in the Cave, in La Vall d’Uixó (Castellón)
Another peculiar scene is that of the concerts of Singin ‘in the Cave. Here the public and artists go underground, in the caves of Sant Josep, and the musicians play acoustic on a boat that floats in an underground river. Between the acoustics of the grotto and the unique atmosphere of this natural room, a most magical and unique atmosphere is created.
In 2020 the fifth edition of this cave festival will be held with interpreters such as Raquel Lúa (July 31), Andrea Motis & Josep Traver (August 7), Maika Makovski (August 14), Ede (September 6), Anni B Sweet (August 28) and Listening to Elephants (September 11). Among all of them, signature music is mixed with pop-rock, folk, jazz, swing or indie pop, so there are always options for all tastes.
Concert tickets are priced at 30 euros and, since you are there, it is always advisable to visit the Coves de Sant Josep by boat before the show begins and thus get to know the longest navigable underground river in Europe.
International Festival Camino de Santiago, in Huesca
In 2020 the XXIX edition of the ‘International Festival on the Camino de Santiago’, a contest that throughout its history has already held more than 300 concerts along the Camino de Santiago in Aragon. With it the Aragonese Jacobean route is revitalized by uniting ancient music and historical settings that go from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, and where the Romanesque and Gothic have a lot to say.
The concerts that take place in August bring together artists such as La Chaminera in the Plaza de Santa Engracia, Isabel Villanueva in the Parish Church of Santa Cilia, Sambach in the Palacio de Congresos de Jaca, Miguel Jalôto in the Church of Santa María de Santa Cruz de la Serós, Ludovice / Miguel Jalôto in the Church of Carmen de Jaca, Aquel Trovar in the Church of Castiello de Jaca and, finally, Al Ayre Español in the Church of San Martín de Hecho.
The tickets for the concerts that take place in the Palacio de Congresos de Jaca are priced at 10 euros, but all the concerts that take place in temples are free to access after downloading invitations on the web. The music cycle is also complemented by exhibitions, conferences and film screenings.