Top 10 alternative music venues in Barcelona

Visitors to giant festivals Primavera Sound and Sonar this June should also check out the Catalan capital’s smaller live venues, which are bursting with energy and great music

In a former life, Sidecar – known phonetically to locals as “cedar car” – used to play host to singles nights for the US army, who would trot eagerly up the Ramblas to the Plaça Reial from the port. Sadly, you won’t find much military hedonism at Sidecar today, but the spirit of this American bacchanal remains in the venue’s devotion to guttural rock’n’roll, punk and garage rock.

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