Cruïlla festival: essential information

Pauline
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Article updated 14 November, 2018. 0 comments

Planning a trip to the Cruïlla festival? Great idea! Here are a few details to help you prepare for the event.

Cruïlla

We were lucky enough to get tickets for a previous edition of the Cruïlla Festival. Here’s our insider view, which we hope will help you to get a better idea of what goes on there. Y viva la musica! 

The Cruïlla vibe

The highly eclectic Cruïlla festival attracts a highly varied crowd, united by their love of music. The atmosphere is friendly and good-natured.

No need to worry about bad vibes or crowd control here! Everyone is too busy singing, dancing, shouting and/or smiling, and clearly pleased to be there. Well, we certainly were!

Stages at Cruïlla

There are 4 main stages at Cruïlla, all named after their sponsors, which vary from year to year.

  • The two main stages are close together, making it easy to get from one to the other. Concerts arranged so that as one finishes, another starts on the other stage. It’s very practical, as you get to see plenty of artists without wasting time walking between the stages or waiting for concerts to start. Both stages are also fully accessible.
  • The other two stages are further away (from the main stages and from each other), but are still easy to get to.
  • Feeling tired? You’ll be able to enjoy many of the concerts (except those on the main stage) sat on the lawn, on a wall or on the stairs. You’ll be further away from the stage, but you’ll still get to hear everything, and that’s what counts!

In addition to the 4 stages, the Estrella lounge plays host to smaller, more intimate performances, with a few chairs for spectators.

Eating and drinking at Cruïlla

Bars

There are two types of bars:

  • Tent bars: these offer the widest choice of drinks (beer, soft drinks, energy drinks, spirits and water)
  • Estrella Damm bars: these wooden structures, run by the Estrella beer company, are easy to spot and give the festival a bit of a fairground feel! They only sell beer and water.
  • The bars also offer gluten-free beer.

You’ll also find wandering vendors selling beer. On the plus side, you won’t have to go and queue at the bar, but this does come at a price as the beer is more expensive.

Finally, the Parc de Fòrum (where the festival is held) has a number of drinking fountains.

Food trucks

cruilla-food trucks

Hungry? No problem! There are food trucks parked across several areas of the festival, offering a wide variety of choice, from sandwiches, burgers and tacos to Thai and Japanese cuisine.

There are also plenty of dessert options, with churros, ice cream and other sweet treats.

Cruïlla payment system

Like many festivals, Cruïlla uses a wristband payment system, where you simply recharge your wristband at the designated points. You then pay for everything with your wristband, so you don’t have to carry money around.

  • You’ll be given your wristband on presentation of your ticket when you arrive at the festival. You’ll need it to get through the turnstiles at the entrance and exist.
  • Be very careful with your wristband: if you damage it and it becomes unuseable, you won’t be able to get your credit back.
  • The wristbands are waterproof and still work after a long swim in the sea.
  • Note: if there’s money left on your wristband at the end of the festival, you can get it back by filling in a form on the Cruïlla website. This is available after the festival, and you’ll need your wristband number, so remember to keep it safe!

Other services

  • There’s a free wifi zone for festival goers
  • There’s also a cloakroom service, which costs around €2 per item
  • You can recharge your phone in a dedicated area.

Enjoy the festival!

To find out more, read our article Cruïlla: eclectic programming and good vibes.

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Pauline

Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?