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BAM

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Various venues

It would appear that the BAM festival (Barcelona Acció Musical), the music event that takes place during the Mercè festivities, has had a little makeover. The festival is now under the artistic direction of Carles Conesa, a man previously responsible for booking bands at Apolo and a promoter at Houston Party Records, and it’s his considerable music knowledge that’s in evidence in this year’s programme. First notable inclusion on the bill is French outfit Herman Dune. The boys, David-Ivar Dune and Cosmic Neman, are fresh from releasing their 12th studio album, Strange Moosic, with a blue yeti and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm featuring in their latest video. Sadly they aren’t on tour with them. Next up is soul singer Aloe Blacc. If you haven’t heard single ‘I need a dollar’ then you must have been cut off from civilisation of late as it has enjoyed almost constant radio play. Other acts to look out for include the Dominican Republic’s Rita Indiana whose blend of merengue, hip hop and house music should get the party going. Also of note are Philadelphia quintet Man Man and from the UK, Zomby, possibly the current king of dubstep. All in all, a pleasing and varied mix that should excite those who’d given up on the musical offerings at the Mercè. September 22nd to 24th. www.bcn.cat/bam

George Michael

Palau Sant Jordi

When George Michael appeared on Desert Island Discs in 2007, his top record choice (the one he’d keep if seven of his eight discs had to be lost) was Amy Winehouse’s ‘Love is a Losing Game’. As well as clearly appreciating the late singer’s music, it’s hard not to think that in her, Michael saw a kindred spirit. Their various personal problems have played out on front pages around the world; photos of the two caught at moments of vulnerability and disorientation often accompanied speculative stories about matters that shouldn’t be of public interest but still manage to sell newspapers. George Michael’s musical career has also had its troubles with long gaps between releases, legal confrontations with record labels and, of course, ‘Wham Rap!’. But, despite everything, he continues to perform and record, throwing some surprises into the mix along the way. Michael arrives in Barcelona this month with his Symphonica Tour, featuring orchestral versions of some of his back catalogue. While he isn’t pioneering the idea, his music isn’t the obvious choice for a classical spin. Still, George Michael has proved that he has the stubbornness and determination to do things his way, and is certainly a showman, so this could turn out to be one spectacular evening at the Palau Sant Jordi for 16,000 of his many fans.

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With summer, such as it was, on the wane, this month we’re staying indoors. More specifically, we feature three articles all focused in some...

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