In 1990, a twenty-year-old called Neil Hannon signed his first record deal and began releasing album after album under the name The Divine Comedy. Twelve glorious albums later and with hundreds of shows under his belt, Neil Hannon is now, undeniably, a musical treasure and one of the finest singer-songwriters of his generation.
To celebrate his three-decade-strong career, Neil Hannon has announced the release in February next year of Charmed Life – The Best of The Divine Comedy.
Charmed Life is a collection of 24 hit singles that every fan of The Divine Comedy could sing from start to finish. As well as legendary hits such as National Express and Something For The Weekend, we will also hear his brand new song The Best Mistakes.
We are therefore welcoming The Divine Comedy to Barcelona at one of the sweetest moments in the band’s career, an anniversary we’ll celebrate on 10 March at L'Auditori de Barcelona, as part of the Cruïlla de Primavera Festival in L’Auditori’s Sit Back series.
Tickets on sale now.
L'Auditori’s Sit Back series will get underway with the duo Kings of Convenience who, with all tickets already sold out, will present their much-anticipated fifth studio album, whilst Pol Batlle and Rita Payés will introduce Barcelona to the work they have produced together. Pau Vallvé will stage two concerts to round off his tour of La vida és ara (Life is Now), the latest album created by this multi-instrumentalist artist and which, with only vocals, guitar and a cajon drum, is strikingly his most mature and high-spirited to date.
The show Miquel Serra and Friends serves as a celebration of both upcoming and established Balearic musical talent that will draw on this Ibizan artist’s songbook and also feature his latest album Cançons de Joan Serra (Songs of Joan Serra), with compositions by his brother. Presenting more of a folk song flavour is Coros de Medianoche (Midnight Choirs) by Enric Montefusco, composed in collaboration with Niño de Elche, Albert Pla, Maria Arnal, Nacho Vegas and Los Hermanos Cubero, all much respected by Montefusco.
The series will culminate with the staging of the Amor Odi (Love Hate) Radioshow project, a live radio programme, co-directed in its entirety by women who, alternating a journalistic format of interviews with performances by a band created specially for this occasion, will invite you to discuss and reflect on the love-hate dichotomy and how this relationship has been dealt with throughout the history of modern music.
The Sit Back series is brought to you in collaboration with Primavera Sound, Radio Primavera Sound, Cruïlla and Vida Records & Friends.
Aleix Palau | 4 October 2021
The Divine Comedy celebrates its 30th anniversary as part of L'Auditori’s Sit Back season
On 10 March, Neil Hannon will take to the stage in Sala 1, Pau Casals to revisit some of the best songs of his career. This concert is part of L'Auditori’s Sit Back season, co-produced with Cruïlla de Primavera.