SuiteLife’s Barcelona Instagram Competition

SuiteLife’s Barcelona Instagram Competition Begins Today!

SuiteLife is hosting its first Instagram competition and it’s SO easy to Win!

barcelona instagram competition

Theme: My Home in BCN

What to Do in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Snap a CREATIVE photo using the theme “your home in Barcelona” with Instagram, and edit as you please.

2. Hashtag the photo #MySuiteLifeHome and also tag us with @SuiteLifeBCN (very important otherwise we wont see your photo!).

3. Follow us on Instagram @SuiteLifeBCN and like our facebook page at www.facebook.com/SuiteLifeBCN. Feel free to share your photos on social media with your friends too!

That’s it! Sit back and relax! On Wednesday October 31st we will choose a winner. Make sure to checkout the official rules.

What’s the Prize?!

The prize for our one lucky winner is a 50 € gift certificate for the coolest home-ware store in all of Barcelona, Vincon! (www.vincon.com)

SuiteLife Instagram Competition

So get snapping Instagramers!! Looking forward to seeing your photographs!!

GOOD LUCK!

~Marie

YOUR BARCELONA CONCERT GUIDE: LIVE CONCERTS OCTOBER

YOUR BARCELONA CONCERT GUIDE: LIVE CONCERTS OCTOBER

barcelona concert guide october

Hey there! I am back with fresh update on the hottest live concerts in Barcelona for the rest of October! You know I was pretty straightforward in my previous concert guide posts so I will just present you my selection and cross my fingers that you like it!

 

EXTREMODURO – 06 OCTOBER

Just a day away – tomorrow, you will be able to see one of the most noted Spanish bands – Extremoduro! The guys have been around for more than 20 years and they are quite famous among most of the Spaniards! I guess the name originates from the municipality they come from (yeah, it is EXTRAMADURA!). Check out their music and if you feel in the right mood go to Parc del Forum!

MARIA COMA – 10 OCTOBER

An artist I just found while researching this article. And I was completely blown away by the young and talented Maria Coma. The contemporary piano player incorporates some indie elements into her fresh music, sang in Catalan. If you want to experience some local music, then this is the concert in Barcelona for you this October! Check out the official video for her song Tots els colors (all the colours if I am correct). She’s playing in La Pedrera on the 10th of October and the tickets are only 5 euros!

MAXIMO PARK – 13 OCTOBER

Looking for a typical brit-rock concert in Barcelona? I’ve got something for you, up my sleeve! Maximo park are energetic, crazy and ready to have fun! If you want to burn up some calories, put on your worn sneakers and head to Razzmatazz on 13th of October and dance as you have never danced before! Tickets are only 12 euros!

ELLEN ALLIEN – 19 OCTOBER

For all those who enjoy a more electronically-influenced style of music, I’ve set my eyes on the German producer Ellen Allien who will play on 19th of October in Nitsa Club!

KEANE – 24 OCTOBER

Our final live concert stop in Barcelona ends up with KEANE – probably one of the most bands playing here in October. They will be promoting their new album “Strangeland”! Obviously the tickets are a bit more expensive (30 euros) but in my opinion the price is justified!…ahh and they play in Razzmatazz

 

I hope you liked my selection and you will hear from me soon for another series of “live concerts in Barcelona”!

 

Cheers,

Ivo

 

 

 

BARCELONA EVENTS: WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER

BARCELONA EVENTS: WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER 2012

 

As another month ends, bringing us closer to autumn, there is no reason to despair!! There are still loads of events to keep you busy in Barcelona! Here we have just a small selection of some of the Barcelona events happening this October.

 

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF COMEDY

21st September – 21st October

Various locations around Barcelona, free – €20

 

International Festival of Comedy BarcelonaWith September having so much to offer in Barcelona with Le Merce being the highlight, some of us (and I am one of those!) may have missed the fact that Barcelona is also hosting the 5th annual International Festival of Comedy! This is the first multilingual comedy festival in the world and showcases acts from all around Europe and the rest of the world. The shows are performed in 8 different languages, so there really will be something for everyone in Barcelona. You can watch comedy in Catalan, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, German, French and English.

 

 

BARCELONA DESIGN WEEK

1st OCTOBER – 5th OCTOBER

CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona and others

Barcelona Design Week

 

Barcelona Design Week is an international festival organised by BCD Barcelona Design Centre. Created 6 years ago, it focuses on all things design and innovation related and is a great opportunity for all those interested to go to talks, workshops and there is even an Open Doors day where you can visit some of the top design studios in Barcelona!

 

LEONARD COHEN 3rd OCTOBER, 10PM,

TICKETS: €50-€130

EL PALAU SANT JORDI ARENA

Leonard Cohen Palau Sant Jordi

 

Renowned Canadian poet, writer and singer-songwriter; Leonard Cohen comes to Barcelona as part of his “Old Ideas” World Tour. This is a great opportunity to see one of the finest and most celebrated artists of years gone. His music usually talks of sexuality, religion and personal relationships. Still going strong, he is often described as having the same musical influence on generations as Bob Dylan! He has been inaugurated into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame!!

If you are musically inspired, then this has to be an event  not to miss in Barcelona or in your lifetime!!

 

 

GARMIN BARCELONA TRIATHLON

Nova Mar Bella and Llevant beaches

7TH OCTOBER, 9amGarmin Barcelona Triathlon

For those of you not familiar with triathlon, this is another epic Barcelona sporting event where people push themselves to the limits of physical endurance!! They swim, bike and run; as if one of those on its own wasn’t enough!!! There are three categories: Supersprint, Sprint and Olympic. The beauty of triathlon is that anyone can be a triathlete despite any physical conditions! So  not why not get out there and line the beaches to show your support to these Superhumans!! Check out the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon website for more details and to download the course route.

 

 

FILM & COOK, THE FESTIVAL OF CINEMA AND GASTRONOMY

CCCB - EL CENTRE DE CULTURA CONTEMPORANIA DE BARCELONA

19th – 21st OCTOBER, €6- €30

This year sees the second edition of this new festival. Celebrating all things gastronomic and cinematic, it features some of the best Spanish and Catalan chefs, such as the infamous Roca brothers (Joan and Jordi), Raymond Blanc, Elena Arzak, Sergi Arola and Víctor Rodrigo amongst others. You will have the chance to watch some some chef demonstrations by these top guys and also to do a workshop yourself. The festival will also be showcasing some top gastronomic cinema with films such as Mugaritz BSO, the Spanish premiere of Mistura and Noma at Boiling Point; based on what is considered by many foodie experts as the best restaurant in the world! Reasonably priced, get yourself down to a chef demonstration and share the food love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great October everyone and let us know which events you enjoyed and which ones you didn’t!!

Adios!

Marie Obileye

BARCELONA CULTURAL: SITGES FILM FESTIVAL 2012

BARCELONA CULTURAL: SITGES FILM FESTIVAL 2012

BARCELONA CULTURAL: SITGES FILM FESTIVAL 2012

 

Sitges Film Festival 2012 has arrived! The definitive Line-up is complete, tickets are on sale and the city is ready… are YOU prepared for this incredible art event? The theme for this years’ event is “The End of the World”! Nothing more obvious, no? Given the world we are in right now, inspiration for this theme is all around us: end of the Mayan’s calendar (!), world economic crisis, numerous apocalyptic movies and books, etc…

Since 1967, Sitges Film Festival brings to this lovely town near Barcelona a very special selection of fantasy and horror movies. Traditional and very well-known, not only in Europe, but across the whole world, the festival brings to Catalunya very important directors and actors, cinephiles and curious. To give you an idea, Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch and Eli Roth are just a few of the names!

Overall Line-up and some “Can’t miss” movies!

The festival tries every year to show the different ways of presenting horror! For this year, the emphasis is on the found footage (like The Blair Witch Project, remember?). That’s why you can’t miss Area 407 and The Bay.

BARCELONA CULTURAL: SITGES FILM FESTIVAL

Also interesting is that every edition special attention is given to catalan’s productions, that’s why the opening movie now is El Cuerpo, a catalan movie that is promising a lot!

They haven’t forgotten the Asian productions either, as a cinema lover you must know that our friends from the east love to make sc-fi films, so you can expect a loooot of classics from Asia as well as many other hot-new things! Keep an eye out for The Weight and Doomsday Book.

Of course you will find maaaaany Hollywood films as well! And it’s not bad, because they usually do a very good selection of it. Two films that people are talking about is The Looper, which is closing the festival, and Tim Burton’s new production Frankenweenie. Also mentionable is Seven Psycopaths, a thriller that was a big hit at The Canadian Festival and now comes to Europe.

 

Practical infos!

When? 4th – 14th October!

How much is it? 8.50for most of the movies. But for Shorts, retrospectives and tributes you pay less.

Want to buy? Click here and be happy!

Where is it? In Sitges, come on, you got this far not knowing that? Just kidding! Look, there are 6 venues where you can enjoy the festival, all very close to each other, so don’t worry. The most recognised ones are the Auditori and Cine Prado! The first is the biggest in the Mediterranean (1384 seats!) and the second is a charming old style theater! Check the others here

How to get there? Train is the best option! Check here

 

You can also download the Programme, unfortunately it’s in catalan, but it’s still very useful!

 

WOW!! I almost forgot about the “Zombie Walk”! On the 12th from 12h00 till 19h00 you can have a free make-up and at 20h00 the “Walk” begins! Don’t miss it!

 

See you there!

 

Jack

BARCELONA CLUBS: CHASING THE PARTY #2 – SUTTON CLUB

BARCELONA CLUBS: CHASING THE PARTY #2 – SUTTON CLUB

BARCELONA CLUBS: CHASING THE PARTY #2 - SUTTON CLUB

Sutton Club Barcelona, considered by many to be the most fancy and glamorous club in the city, that’s where Chasing the party went last week! Ok ok… we’ve got to confess that it’s not our favorite kind of party, BUT it would be a huge blunder on our part if we closed our eyes to this internationally-known club located right between Eixample Neighborhood and Gracia Neighborhood, that brings great party nights to Barcelona for the well-dressed-techno lovers.

 

The Club

Inaugurated in 2001, Sutton Club is undeniably well-designed: impressively chic vip-areas with nice sofas and stylish-sponsored bars along with a colorful dance floor full of lights and big high quality screens, everything contributing to the glamour that it’s known for. Also worth mentioning is the great sound quality, high-tech equipment is a highlight of the club. Musically speaking, Sutton offers mainly commercial-techno music, not so different from what you hear in others clubs (like Opium Mar or Shoko), that’s something they shouldn’t be proud of.BARCELONA CLUBS: CHASING THE PARTY #2 - SUTTON CLUB

From Wednesday till Sunday, it brings together the elite of the city mixed with wealthy tourists and some erasmus students. “Well-dressed”, as says the strict dress-code, the party-goers start to get in line around 1pm, usually with their names on the list (don’t worry, it isn’t hard to do so). The ones who gets there around 2pm, find a huuuuuge queue and might not succeed in getting in.

 

Our night

It all began in the famous (or not) Le Cyrano – check our review from there - perfect place to have pre-drinks, especially if you’re going to Sutton, it’s less than a 10 minute walk. So, after a few drinks, lot of laughs and a great warm-up, at 1h30pm we got on our way to the club. The queue was still ok, but we still needed to wait 25 minutes. In the entrance, the same as usual, documents and dress-code verification, so remember: take your ID and dress-up!

As we entered, we could see what people were talking about… fancy decoration, pretty people (or just well-dressed) and a posh environment. So far so good, let’s check the dance-floor! Well, what can I say? Good multimedia experience? Ok, but not followed by good music. Good space to dance and have fun? Ok, but too crowed and the people are not – how can I say… – open-minded? Too worried about their appearances.

Before I get to the rest of the party, it’s time to talk about the music. What do I mean with “not good music”? It’s simple: almost the same you can hear on a radio station. It’ll be difficult to be surprised, a lot of popular House and R&B is mainly all you’ll hear, with just a few hints of experimentation from the DJs. Ok Ok! You’ve heard that David Guetta and LMFAO played there! Yes yes, they did, but it doesn’t make the music good every night!

BARCELONA CLUBS: CHASING THE PARTY #2 - SUTTON CLUB

Heading to the bars! There, we didn’t have any problems, surprisingly there weren’t many people, probably because the bars are well-located and bartenders are experienced. It’s just expensive, something you should know already – Barcelona isn’t usually a cheap city to party. Suddenly, some sparkling lights started shining from the vip-area, what was it? Some beautiful girls in bikinis bringing a bottle of 4,5 liters of Grey Goose Vodka to some guests! Funny and I would say embarrassing, but it’s pretty common in posh clubs like Sutton. BTW, for curiosity we checked how much it would cost for that toy. 1400€, but you get the Red Bulls and the shining spectacle thrown in too. =]

From that point till the end of the party, not much happened. We just saw that the ladies toilet had very long queues and that the smoking area is quite good (you can also smoke outside).  So, around 5h30 we made our way home.

 

The Verdict

Low points – music, crowd, price, queue

High points – place, bar, sound quality.

Anyway go there! You can’t miss the famous Sutton Club in Barcelona. Unfortunately, lower your expectations. Otherwise, you might have a bad experience. But again, this isn’t our favorite kind of party, so we might be a bit biased to talk about it, that’s why you should go check this place out for yourselves. Make your own conclusions and tell us, maybe we might change our minds and go there again!

WHERE? Calle Tuset 13 – Sant Gervasi – Metro Diagonal
PRICE? No list – 20€ / List – free (look for “sutton club barcelona” on Facebook, you’ll find many unofficial pages to put your name, they all work perfectly!)

 

 

Jack