Back before I had kids I didn’t really have holidays as such. I went on tours with the band I was in, and saw a lot of Europe that way, but never package holidays to the beach. They didn’t really appeal. They still don’t hugely now, although don’t get me wrong, I love an afternoon with the kids and a bucket and spade, listening to the gentle lapping of a clear blue sea – I just get bored quickly.
This year we can’t afford a holiday abroad, we are saving to move house, but if we were going I know exactly where I would want to be. Barcelona, or nearby anyway. The perfect combination for us would be a family holiday in Spain, such as those available through First Choice, complete with pools and ice cream for the nippers, but close enough to Barcelona and all it has to offer.
Not only do I know where I want to go, but when. The end of May to be precise. Why? Because then we can take in Primavera Sound while we are there. A festival in the sunshine is just what the doctor ordered. I am a seasoned festival goer, and have been lucky enough to play at plenty of them over the years, but this is one I have never been too. Combine that with the fact that it is held in the European city that I most want to visit and I am onto a winner.
This years line up sees some of my favourite bands make an appearance. Queens of the Stone Age, Julian Cope and Nine Inch Nails. And OK, I admit it, a bunch of bands that I have not heard of too – well, I am forty now, I can’t keep up with the kids forever!
It is the Friday line-up that really grabs me though. Firstly it includes Pixies – no, not the small, fairytale creatures, but one of the best bands ever – OK, so sadly my personal heroine Kim Deal has recently departed, but I would still love to see them live again.
Secondly – Slowdive – these early 90s shoegazing heroes have recently reformed for a bunch of festival appearances this Summer. Not only are they an epic band who I didn’t manage to catch the first time around, but also my friend Rachel is in them. I got to know Rachel through blogging, she is lovely and a true Rock’n’Roll Mum – I am a mere imposter! 😉
I have to say I am hugely envious of Rachel getting back to gigging, and it has really made me realise how much I am missing it these days, not that any of my bands achieved anywhere near her success. I shall be living vicariously through her this summer, and it has inspired me to pick up my bass again!
Going to festivals really helps me re-connect with my inner rock goddess, and I know many people don’t think of them as being family friendly activities, but that is really not the case anymore. As my generation has grown up and settled down, festivals have started to cater more and more for the family market. In Primavera’s case they have a dedicated part of the festival especially for them. The Espacio Minimúsica is a unique crèche provided at Primavera. Minimúsica is a free play area that hosts its own stage and live music performances especially for kids. It aims to welcome children as part of the festival whilst providing them with their own dedicated area. The best part of all is that parents who thought that their festival days were behind them, can still enjoy the fantastic line-up. Round of applause for that!
For us, combining a family holiday with some rock’n’roll action is the perfect compromise. Everybody is happy that way, and we can also take in some of the other fabulous treats Spain has to offer while we are there. Of course the weather and the beaches are well renowned. I am a city lover, and I would love to see Gaudi’s famous architecture and take in Dali’s art while I was there too. I hear you can see fabulous musicians busking on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, and who doesn’t enjoy beer and tapas on a warm evening.
Better start saving for next year!
Love Miss Cisco XXX
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