Rock Fest Barcelona is held every July in Barcelona, Spain and has been running since 2014. It features international Rock and Metal bands, with a small selection of these being Spanish bands. It is one of the easiest European festivals to get to due to it being in a major city and having a Metro stop right by the entrance.
Rock Fest Barcelona Dates
Rock Fest Barcelona 2019 will be held from Thursday July 4th – Sunday July 7 th. 2019 will be the first time the festival has been held for 4 days rather than 3.
Checkout the List of European Metal Festivals for other festivals and dates.
Rock Fest Barcelona Attendance Capacity
The attendance at Rock Fest Barcelona increases year on year as the festival becomes more popular and is able to attract bigger bands. Around 35,000 is the most recent daily attendance. The arena size is more than adequate for it not to feel too packed and the stages are reasonably close to each other so it’s not too much effort if you are stage-hopping.
Standard Weekend 4 day festival ticket: These cover arena entry for all 4 days and cost €171.
Day Tickets: These can be purchased for Friday and Sunday only and cost €130
Rock Fest Barcelona Stages and Line Up
There are 3 stages at Rock Fest Barcelona. Main Stage 1, Main Stage 2 and Rock Tent Stage which is in a large tent. The major acts that appear on the main stages alternate so there are no main stage clashes and usually about 5 – 10 minutes gap between the bands.
Rock Fest Barcelona 2019 headliners are ZZ Top and Def Leppard. Others are still to be announced. There are a number of other big guns on the bill such as Arch Enemy, Avatar, Dream Theatre, Dee Snider and Powerwolf.
Around 15 bands will play across each stage per day. The headline acts finish at 1am and they tend to be followed by further bands and tribute bands that finish around 3am.
Tip! On some days the Metro will be closed by the time the headliners have finished so alternative transport may be needed. More info on the Metro follows.
Tip! There will be band clashes between whatever Main Stage is in use and the Rock Tent Stage. Use Clashfinder to help plan your itinerary. Note that the Clashfinder initially is just a guide and will only become accurate once official stage times have been announced.
Rock Fest Barcelona Location
Rock Fest Barcelona is situated at Can Zam Park in Santa Coloma de Gramenet. It is in the northern outskirts of Barcelona and due to the location, is an ideal opportunity to attend the festival and also stay longer and plan some sightseeing or a day at the beach.
Travelling to Rock Fest Barcelona
Metro: Can Zam Metro station that is right next to the festival entrance. When you come out of the Metro station you cross the road, walk down the hill and you will see the entrance. Can Zam is about 45 minutes Metro journey from central Barcelona.
Can Zam Metro station is on the Metro line L9 Nord (orange line). Depending on where you are travelling from, you will be able to connect to the L9 Nord from other Metro lines. L9 Nord connects to L1 and L5at La Sagrera so there’s a fair chance you will need to change at La Sagrera onto L9 Nord. Use the Metro map to work out your route.
Tip! You will find plenty of people all going to Rock Fest Barcelona by Metro each day so if you are unsure of your route, just follow those that appear to know.
Barcelona Metro Times:
Mon – Thu – Stops at midnight
Fridays – Stops at 2am
Saturdays – Runs all night
Sundays – Stops at midnight
Tip! You will need to consider your evening transport options carefully and plan alternative transport if you are staying at the festival beyond the time the Metro is closed.
Tip! A T-10 multi-trip ticket covers Metro and Night bus. It costs €10.20 and you can use it for 10 trips.
Tip! The T-10 CANNOT be used to get to or from the airport Metro stations, an additional ticket is required. If you are travelling to or from the airport look up the various options on Barcelona tourist websites.
Bus: If the Metro is closed, then taking a Bus is a good alternative. There are 3 night busses N6, N8 and N9 that run close to the festival site and head into Barcelona. They are called NitBus and run all night.
The bus-stops are all around 10 minutes walk from the festival site. The festival arena has one exit so to catch a bus you leave the arena, walk up the hill and then head down the road to the appropriate stop. There will be plenty of other people heading for the bus stops if you are not sure where to go.
N8 Route and Timetable
N9 Route and Timetable
Taxi: There is a Taxi-Rank near to N6 and N8 bus stops but there can be big queues at peak times.
Car or Bicycle: You can also travel by car and there is a car park near the festival but has limited spaces. Bicycle is also an option.
Travel Packages: A number of operators across Europe provide Travel Packages to Rock Fest Barcelona which include a festival ticket along with camping, hotel and transport options. See the Festival Travel Packages page for more information.
Camping at Rock Fest Barcelona
There is no camping provision in 2019.
Hotels Near Rock Fest Barcelona
There are plenty of hotel options in Barcelona. If you are not planning any sightseeing and don’t necessarily want to be in the city centre then it makes sense to choose a hotel near to the festival site. The Ibis Hotel is just a few minutes walk away from the arena.
You can find a selection of hotels near to Rock Fest Barcelona in the map below if you zoom in.
If you want to be more central then choose a hotel nearer to the city centre and the tourist areas. You will still only be around 45 minutes Metro trip away from the festival. Use the map below to find city centre hotels.
Tip! I have stayed at Catalonia Sagrada Familia Hotel which is reasonably priced, is in a very good location for tourism and the festival, and has a small roof top pool and sun-beds for relaxing before heading off to the festival.
If you want to be near the beach then you will need Beach Hotels in Southern Barcelona
In all cases, choosing a hotel fairly near a Metro stop should be a priority.
What To Bring to Rock Fest Barcelona
Wristbands and Entry
Wristbands are handed out upon arrival at the festival in exchange for your ticket. There is usually the provision to also acquire them in the days leading up to the festival at the FNAC entertainment stores located in Barcelona. This will be announced nearer the festival date so check the internet in June. This is handy as you then have the peace of mind that you have your wristband, and will also be able to get in quicker at the festival entrance.
Food & Drink at Rock Fest Barcelona
All food and drink can be purchased using cash or card.
Food: There are plenty of outlets around the perimeter of the arena to buy food at Rock Fest Barcelona. These range from burgers, noodles, hot dogs, fries and many more options including vegan and vegetarian.
Beer: There are bars in the arena to buy beer and also people walking between the crowds selling beer. Estrella is the main brand of beer sold at Rockfest Barcelona.
Food & Alcohol are not to be taken into main arena
Water: There are water taps located in the arena for drinking and keeping yourself cool.
Tip! Save your beer cup and use it to have an occasional drink of water from the drinking water to keep hydrated.
Rock Fest Barcelona Merchandise
Rock Fest Barcelona has merchandise stalls for official merchandise and also a Metal Market by the entrance with stalls belonging to various traders.
Barcelona in July is more than likely going to be very hot and sunny so prepare to be in the heat all day. Drink plenty of water and take a break in the shaded tents or under some of the trees around the arena.
The arena is completely covered in Astroturf for the festival so it is comfortable to sit on the ground and there is no mud if it rains J
Tip! Take a hat to wear as it can get very hot watching the bands on the main stage and the sun will mostly be coming from behind onto your head, neck and shoulders. Having a bandana to drape over the back of your neck is a good idea.
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